Southern Company today appointed Paula M. Marino Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction Services. Paula had been the vice president of engineering of their subsidiary Southern Nuclear. (prnewswire)
Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN) appointed Vickie Tillman President of Morningstar Credit Ratings. Vickie had been Senior Vice President of Global Strategy—Sustainability for the McGraw-Hill Global Strategy Group at McGraw-Hill Companies. See prnewswire press release.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) appointed Karmela Gaffney Vice President of Digital Commerce based out of the company's global technology hub in Phoenix, Ariz. Karmela had been Managing Director of Marketing and eCommerce at Best Western. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) appointed Susan E. Arnold Operating Executive in the Global Consumer & Retail Group. Susan had been President of Global Business Units at Procter & Gamble. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
What do Janet Yellen, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer and Alexa Von Tobel have in common? As different as they may be, all these women are breaking ground as we speak!
Janet Yellen, (pictured left) the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, is a strong contender to replace Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman, proving that women are ready and waiting to be at the helm in finance. President Obama should appoint this capable woman to the job.
In other industries women are also breaking ground. ABC Anchor Diane Sawyer beat out the traditional top news broadcaster Brian Williams to be number one the week of July 22 for the first time, putting women at the front of the line, and Oprah Winfrey turned a profit with her new television network OWN, beating forecasts and showing everyone she remains a major force in the industry.
Add to this the many young women entrepreneurs like Alexa von Tobel, Founder of LearnVest (pictured right) who just raised $16.5 million in venture capital for the LearnVest personal finance site, and it's proof positive that women are making progress. Clearly we are ready to blast the glass for everyone!
Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer of iCIMS (SaaS talent acquisition platform), has climbed the corporate ladder from intern to her present position as CMO. At only 30 years old, Susan directs iCIMS' go-to-market and portfolio strategy to drive corporate growth and product adoption. As a young woman in the business world, she knows first-hand what it takes to excel in your career. "Many of us strive for friendships at work, but not everyone makes a point of finding a mentor, which is much more valuable," says Susan. "With the right mentor in place, your chances of success are much greater. They can help you assess your skills and identify your strengths and weaknesses. I am a big fan of yoga, and I like to think of a mentorship like the relationship between the yoga student and the instructor. You’re the one doing all the work, and your mentor is like the instructor, leading you through it and encouraging you. Although your mentor might suggest that you take a metaphorical head stand in your career, it’s really up to you to make it happen!" Susan believes mentors are a way to check in on the milestones you set out to achieve. "Mentors are people we can bounce ideas off of, vent to, and trust with our emotions. Most of all, our mentors are there to challenge us and remind us to challenge ourselves."
Microsoft announced a reorganization, appointing Julie Larson-Green as leader of the Devices and Studios Engineering Group. Julie will have responsibility for all hardware development and supply chain, and for studio experiences including games, music, video and other entertainment. Read more in Microsoft's announcement.
85 Broads, the global women’s network, appointed Allyson McDonald President. Allyson had been with Goldman Sachs and Fidelity Investments, and also worked in non-profit in senior roles at Fidelity Charitable and at The Clinton Foundation. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
LLBH Private Wealth Management is hosting a Ladies Luncheon: "Lean Into Your Financial Future” June 19th at the Woodway Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. Learn about the differences between male and female investors. Hear about how women need to learn more about their financial future and their family’s finances. Call 203-683-1530 for more information about the event.
Don't be fooled by the new report which shows women gaining jobs. "The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added 175,000 jobs in May, with nearly half going to women". The problem is that half of the job growth for women so far in 2013 was in low-wage positions. At Newsonwomen, I have seen this in spades, searching day after day for good jobs being given to women by big companies and finding only half the number I found last year, a huge and disappointing drop. As we celebrate (or should I say mourn) the 50th anniversary of the equal pay act, women are still being paid less than men. Solutions are closer today than ever before but require action on the part of companies. It's not going to just happen.
I'll continue to post recent job appointments and hope companies will start appointing more women. Here are a few:
Nintendo of America appointed Robyn Corr Vice President of Human Resources. Robyn had been Vice President of Partner Resources at Starbucks Coffee Company. Read more in the Business Wire press release.
The Coca-Cola Company appointed Robin Moore a Vice President of the Company, and she will become their Chief of Internal Audit. Robin had been Global Director, Finance Operations in Global Business Services. Before joining Coca-Cola, Robin was with Ernst & Young. Read more in the company press release.
The Mosaic Company promoted Karen Swager to Vice President of Phosphate Mining operations. Karen, who holds a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, had been General Manager of their Four Corners Mine. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Hershey Company appointed Michele Buck President, North America. Michele had been Hershey’s Chief Growth Officer. Read more in the Business Wire press release. Listen to Michele talk about work/life balance.
Women in the Boardroom makes corporate sense both in terms of bottom line and good decision making. Hear why diversity counts and what women need to know about board service from experienced executives Barbara Bernard, Cathleen Black, Hope Taitz, and Kelly Hoey at the Women in the Boardroom event in New York April 17, 2013. Until then, watch Kelly talk about Diversity and the challenges Women face.
Kimberly Weisul and Connie Guglielmo ask the right question in their article on onethingnew.com about Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In". Are companies "leaning in" for the women in their executive ranks? Are companies "leaning in" to help women reach their potential? Women can "lean in" all they want, but companies must provide structural changes that will allow women to be successful. The New York Times today has a number of articles on Women on Wall Street. It's even in a special section! But none of those articles asked the question Kimberly and Connie raise. We know the history of women in the workforce. We hardly need more articles about that. We even know what it takes to change things. What we don't know is what companies are going to do about it. Read Kimberly and Connie's article on onethingnew.com.
What have I learned from other women? As a Credit Executive at Chase, I met many women over the years and learned a lot from them. Now posting video news, I have “met” more amazing women by watching them talk about topics on what we all need to know. So what have I learned from them? From 23andMe Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki, I learned how consumers can change the healthcare system and work to help cure disease, from Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi I learned about the core values a leader needs; from Kenandy CEO Sandra Kurtzig I learned what it was like starting out at 23, and how she developed her “flinch’ method for pricing new products (now taught at business schools!); from Xerox CEO Ursula Burns I learned that customers are king and how to treat them, and from Eventbrite Co-Founder Julia Hartz I learned how keeping employees happy leads to a better work environment and better products. These are serious and important lessons for anyone interested in getting ahead in business. And I found all that out in five minute video clips which can be watched on pc’s, ipads or on mobile. But it doesn’t stop there. In the videos on NewsonWomen.com you can also hear IBM CEO Ginni Rometty talk about competitive advantage for companies in the future, and Coursera Co-Founder Daphne Koller talk about providing access to the best educators for anyone who wants to learn which will change the education world for good. And to whoever said women can’t do math, just watch LightSail Energy Co-Founder Danielle Fong talk about renewable energy and her ideas on compressed air. Amazing! You can also see OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman explain how she is changing the landscape for video games with her new product.
Sheryl Sandberg says don’t wait for a mentor. I agree. You will be surprised how much good advice you can find in these videos which can be a source of mentoring for you. Women starting out, women looking for a change, or those who just want to keep up their knowledge base can all benefit. Intel’s Genevieve Bell is right when she says in her video “we can do so much more“. Watch the news video clips on NewsonWomen.com. Help each other by showing them to your friends, your daughters, and your local schools. They will inspire, enlighten, and encourage you. Just like a Mentor would do!
Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) appointed Esther Berrozpe President of their Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Esther had been Vice President of their European markets. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
American Airlines appointed Bev Goulet Senior Vice President and Chief Integration Officer. American is merging with US Airways. Bev had previuosly been their Vice President of Corporate Development, Treasurer and Chief Restructuring Officer. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
AT&T appointed Kay Kapoor President of AT&T Government Solutions. Kay had been Chief Executive of Accenture Federal Services, Accenture's federal business unit, and also held executive positions at ITT Corporation and Lockheed Martin. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Whirlpool Corporation, Fortune 500 #147, appointed Diane Dietz (pictured) to its Board of Directors. Diane is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Safeway Inc. Out of 12 members on the Whirlpool Board of Directors, there is only one other woman according to their website - Kathleen Hempel, the former Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Fort Howard Corporation (correct me if I'm wrong please). You would think that a maker of major kitchen appliances would have more women on its board since women are more likely the major users of its products. Fortune 500 companies need to commit to women and break the accepted norm of two women on the board. As Europe aims for 40%, the U.S. should be leading the way to gender equality.
While Whirlpool makes some headway with this appointment, more Fortune 500's recently appointed men; Dow Chemical #47 appointed Ajay Banga, CEO of MasterCard; GE #6 appointed Frank D’Souza, CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions, and Dean Foods #207 appointed Robert Wiseman. Where are the women? Fortune 500 Companies' appointments of women are not even close to being equal so far this year even as we talk about gender equality on boards every day. Fortune 500 Companies - commit to women! Make your next board appt a woman!
Cook Associates Executive Search announced that Jennifer Floyd has joined the firm as a Managing Director.
Based in San Francisco, Jennifer will support Cook’s Technology and Private Equity Practices. Read more in the company press release.
Ogilvy & Mather appointed Carla Hendra Vice Chairman of its Worldwide Board. Carla is Chairman of OgilvyRED, the agency's global strategy and innovation practice. Read more in the prnewswire press release.
Bristal-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) appointed Ann Powell Judge Senior Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the company’s Senior Management Team. Ann had been Chief Human Resources Officer at Shire Pharmaceuticals. Read more in the Business Wire press release.