Breaking the Glass and Concrete Ceilings

“Gender balance, diversity, and inclusion are simply good for business.” So said Professor Nuria Chinchilla opening the panel session “Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Empowering Women Leaders” in Hong Kong recently.

Over 200 IESE alumni and friends gathered for the event organized in partnership with the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce and Barcelona’s City Council.

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What Women Want

Women in Leadership debate the virtues of being “bolder” at IESE in New York

“Women often ask permission to take a day off, while men announce when they’ll be taking a vacation,” says Teri McCaslin, EVP, Chief HR and Administrative Officer of Continental Grain.

McCaslin was speaking at the Women in Leadership panel at IESE’s New York City campus. She was joined by Subha Barry, VP, General Manager, Working Mother Media; Leilani Garrido (Media AMP ’16), Sr. Director, Human Resources, Univision, and Jennifer Allyn, Diversity Strategy Leader, PwC. IESE Professor Mireia Las Heras moderated.

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Five Ways to Manage Your Career – and Your Online Reputation

Job security is fading fast. In a constantly changing world it can feel almost impossible to keep up with the latest trends and digital expectations. So how do you manage your career – and your online reputation – when the goalposts are constantly moving? By investing a little time now in your career, you’ll be able to boost your employability for a long-term pay off.

To help get you started, I’d like to share five ideas with you. If you add at least one to your to-do list it’s a great way to get the ball rolling!

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Lead… Like a Girl, Even if You Don’t get the Oscar (You Will Eventually – No Worries)

It is time for women to lead like women. And for both men and women to encourage and appreciate it. Women represent more than half of the world population, more than half of College graduates….and less than half drop-outs. We need men and women to feel comfortable with their own preferred style. Whether that is considered male-or-female one. Yet, too many indications that this is not the case. Yet.

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Women in boards

IESE Prepares Women to Take Their Place on Boards

The 6th IESE Women on Boards Focused program, gathers women already on boards with future generation women ready to take up the mantel of leadership. The first leg of the program held at IESE Madrid campus takes place February 29 – March 1. And the second part of the program takes place in Madrid April 3-4.

Women: Good for Business – and Boards

Women have a proven track record of increasing results and productivity when given their place at the table. But Women need to be prepared to enter the boardroom. This means acquiring the knowledge and building up the right competencies that board-level decisions and negotiations require.

The program also covers key issues that concern women on boards such as:

  • The board of director’s functions
  • The global economy’s impact on corporate governance
  • Accountancy and finance for directors on the board
  • Codes of governance and legal issues
  • Developing effective competencies for the boardroom
  • A business paradigm for the new socio-economic context

Case Method, Coaching and More

To achieve this, the program combines IESE case method, lectures, panels and group discussions. Distinguished guest speakers from across sectors share the inside track on what women can expect at senior executive level – the rewarding and the challenging.

From the on-set a personalized self-development program is designed for each participant. There are one-to-one coaching sessions at the start of the first, and end of the second, leg of the program.

In the month that lies between the two parts of the program, participants receive virtual coaching sessions with their mentor to keep them on the right track.

This new-found self-awareness, along with the insight gained from senior executives during the program equip our future generation of women directors on boards with the tools needed for their quest.

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“Critical Mass in Female Employment Drives Bottom Line”

“The paucity of women in management positions isn’t just an issue for women. It’s something that both men and women need to work on.”

This was the call to action issued by Nuria Chinchilla, professor of managing people in organizations at IESE Business School, at the “Women in Leadership: Closing the Gap” panel discussion at IESE Munich on October 22. A prelude to the Global Alumni Reunion 2015, the event brought together female IESE alumni, all of them distinguished business leaders, to debate the challenges still facing women in the business arena today…

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Gender Quotas and the Boomerang Effect

The debate on the system of gender quotas for boards of directors is ongoing and although we should congratulate ourselves on some important advances, there is still a long way to go. I’m afraid the “coffee for all” approach often imposed in some countries, involving a mandatory percentage applicable to all companies in all sectors, tends to produce a boomerang effect that prevents the spread and effective development of what we need: a culture of diversity.

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