Warren Buffett is bullish … on women
In an exclusive essay the Berkshire Hathaway (BRKAFortune 500) chairman and CEO explains why women are key to America’s prosperity.
Money.cnn.com

– Women on boards reports, read more…

– Gender diversity on boards – Australian Institute of Company Directors

Vice-President Reding: “Gender equality at work is not a women’s issue, but a business and economic imperative. Today, women still only represent 16% of board members in Europe – a shocking waste of talent when you think that 60% of university graduates are female.

Making use of female talent can improve companies’ performance. A number of studies from business actors suggest that companies with a higher share of women at top levels deliver stronger organisational and financial performance.

The question is just: how to get there? The answer is simple: time-limited regulatory intervention can make all the difference. The push for gender balance on boards is gaining steam. The glass ceiling is starting to crack. The increase in the share of women on boards in Europe over the past year has been the highest yet recorded. It has been greatest in countries such as France, Italy and Denmark, which have recently introduced legislation on this matter. They are the motor of change.” Read more…

“The economic empowerment of women is a business issue”, Adele Gulfo, President, Pfizer Latin America, Huffington Post.

– Women Can…Be on Canadian Boards (Catalyst). Read more…

 Engaging Women: It’s a Business Issue, Not a Gender Issue.
When looking to strengthen and retain client relationships, as well as identifying the next growth opportunity, financial advisors have learned a simple and powerful lesson: Pay close attention to demographics and align yourself accordingly.
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Vision Statement: Women and the Economics of Equality.
If women in the United States, Japan, and Egypt were employed at the same rates as men, the GDPs of those countries would be higher by 5%, 9%, and 34%, respectively.
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The Female Economy (HBR)
Women now drive the world economy.
Globally, they control about $20 trillion in annual consumer spending, and that figure could climb as high as $28 trillion in the next five years. Their $13 trillion in total yearly earnings could reach $18 trillion in the same period. In aggregate, women represent a growth market bigger than China and India combined—more than twice as big, in fact. Given those numbers, it would be foolish to ignore or underestimate the female consumer. And yet many companies do just that, even ones that are confident they have a winning strategy when it comes to women. HBR Read more…

– FC: WHERE ARE ALL THE WOMEN CREATIVE DIRECTORS?

WOMEN CONTROL A WHOPPING 80% OF CONSUMER SPENDING, YET ONLY 3% OF CREATIVE DIRECTORS ARE FEMALE. HERE’S WHY, AND WHAT IT MAY TAKE TO CHANGE THE RATIO. Read more…

–  In the coming decade, another 1 billion women will enter the global workforce, The workplace is changing women — and they are changing the world. Read more…

– Warren Buffett calls for America’s men to boost women in business: REUTERS – The key to America’s future success lies in helping women achieve as much as their male counterparts, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said in an essay published on Thursday that echoes a recent debate about gender roles in Corporate America. Read more…

– “Equality in decision-making: diverse approaches for gender balanced corporate boards” Read more…

– A recent article in the Harvard Business Review found that the skills that propel women to the top of the class in school may be the same qualities that hold them back in the workplace. “Women Need to Realize Work Isn’t School”.

What can men learn from women about career management that will make them more successful? Read more…

– Most companies are still very masculine in their approach – very “rigid.” But feminine values are the operating system of 21st century progress. So what are feminine values? Read more…

– Marti Barletta on PrimeTime Women – Marketing to Women in Denmark


Welcome to the SHEconomy?

Marketers beware: Women’s economic roles continue to shift. In an Adweek article, communications specialist Nancy Bauer reviews findings from the “Women, Power & Money” study and explains why today’s woman is a “valuable broadcaster and an amplifier of ideas.” Read more…

#WomenCan (Catalyst)