Women in Business

'Thinner and Cuter' Women Get Better Jobs and Higher Pay

Bill Bogart | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

One study, reported in 2011, of 10,000 graduates of Wisconsin high schools found that overweight men experienced few barriers to getting hired and promoted but fat women, for a variety of reasons related to reactions to being overweight, were less likely to earn college degrees, had jobs with lower earnings, and less social status than thinner female peers. Women working in television have been required to be thin (and young and beautiful) to be hired and retain their positions. Fat females, in day to day situations, confront discrimination in many forms. A 250-pound aerobics instructor in California who was fit, had many students, and no record of performance issues was denied a Jazzercise franchise.

Successful People Share These 5 Habits

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I hang around with all kinds of successful people. There are all kinds of success. You, too, likely hang out with all kinds of successful people if yo...

Do Women Actually Want to be On Top?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

I was recently invited to Revolving Tables, a fundraising dinner for the Israel Cancer Research Fund, with 36 CEOs heading each table of which only around eight were women. It gave me an old school feeling, like those Mad Men days were still here.

Why You'll Be Happier If You Stop Striving For 'Work-Life Balance'

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

"Balance" suggests that women's role is to straddle both carefully ensuring that each side stays perfectly equal to one another. Am I the only one that pictures a teter totor (never, thought I'd have to put that word in print, let along look up the spelling), with a laptop and note book on one end and screaming children on the other?

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

Why Banning the Word 'Bossy' is a Battle That Can't Be Won

Jody Steinhauer | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jody Steinhauer

For starters, the word "bossy" is just one in an endless list of putdowns directed at women who look to stand out from the crowd. Know-it-all, controlling, pushy; all words meant to discourage someone who gravitates towards leadership. Is the next step to ban all these words as well? Instead of fighting an unwinnable battle to eliminate words, we should be promoting their antonyms.

Why You Should Be an 'Expert' in Something

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

I became fascinated by what it takes for someone to become known for their expertise, and over the past two decades, I've honed the skills of positioning people and organizations as experts. To advance professionally, we all must demonstrate and share our expertise, putting ourselves and our talents into the spotlight.

Female CEOs Abound, So Why Are Women Still Earning Less?

Yasmina Soussi | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Business
Yasmina Soussi

Facebook's, Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer, Virginia Rometti, the CEO of IBM and others are proof that women can perform at the same level as male business leaders. Why are women still being treated differently in the workplace, and why do women oftentimes have lower salaries than men for similar jobs?

Are You Ready to Expand Your Business?

Anne Day | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Recently I received a call from a woman who wanted to take her program on the road. She wanted my advice on how to proceed and how to take her business to the next level. I cautioned her about leaping in and trying to expand too quickly, especially if she didn't have the staffing or resources in place to manage the growth.

Three Guilt-Free Ways to Say "No"

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

I have said yes to things that I had no business saying yes to. Things I had no time for, no interest in, could not afford...all manner of yesses have slid past my lips so I feel confident in saying that I have been around the yes-block and have come back with a better roadmap than when I started. Here are the three ways you can say no, guilt free.

You Want a Revolution? You Have to Make a Plan

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

As I sit down to write this post all I can hear between my ears is "Revolution" by the Beatles. "You say you want a Revolution, well you know, we'd all love to see the plan." I do not claim to be a great Beatles philosopher but I am going to claim that unless there is a plan for change, it is not going to be alright.

Why You Shouldn't Worry About Being Judged

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

Do you ever feel like people are judging you? If your answer was not yes, than clearly you are not paying attention. People are judging you. All o...

How Understanding 'The 5 Love Languages' Can Help Your Business

Anne Day | Posted 04.23.2014 | Canada Business
Anne Day

Have you ever read The 5 Love Languages ? It is an interesting book, and one that can help you better understand your partner and other important relationships in your life. I believe in building your business relationships, that you also have to tap into the same languages.

Make a Real Connection With Your Coworkers By Doing This

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

A compliment acknowledges another's unique contribution, showing appreciation for them as an individual. For example, you can compliment a someone on their: sense of humour; ability to bring a meeting to consensus; dedication to the team, finding creative solutions or any number of things.

How to Become a Thought Leader

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

This Forbes article is spot on with its four tips to becoming a thought leader, as outlined below. But from a PR and social media perspective, let's look at how these recommendations fit.

Make Way for Audacious Entrepreneurship

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

"I think a lot of entrepreneurs -- women and men -- ted to try and do everything themselves," says Natalie Sisson. "And that's where it goes wrong." If you're an aspiring entrepreneur you MUST check out The Suitcase Entrepreneur for easy and affordable bizhacks, from tech tips to marketing tools.

Has the Workplace Changed for Women Since the '80s?

r/ally | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Business

A recent poll shows that eight out of ten female respondents "believe that women need to prove they have superior skills and experience to compete with men when applying for jobs." While 74 per cent of women agree that it is more common for women to be in a leadership role than 25 years ago, they still feel they need to work harder than men to get ahead.

Where Are All the Women on Canada's 100 Top CEOs List?

Kate McInturff | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kate McInturff

100 Canadians earn more than 99.9 per cent of the working population of Canada. But if you are woman, odds are you are not on that lovely list. Not now, not ever. It would take the average working age woman in Canada 235 years (or 85,778 days) to make as much as one of these CEOs makes in a single year.

4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There are investments you need to make as a start-up -- like design and marketing, for example -- that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business. You need to invest in yourself. Your professional development. Your personal growth.

Ladies, Let's Move Past the 'Having it All' Debate

r/ally | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living

It's time to put an end to the "having it all" madness. For one, this meaningless term serves only to make the most successful women feel like failures. Rather than stay on track with this meandering debate, we owe it to ourselves, and future generations, to refocus our attentions on real issues: a stubborn wage gap, the under-representation of women in senior roles and covert discrimination in the workplace.

Three Ways to Win a Customer's Heart and Mind

MJ Gagnon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
MJ Gagnon

The unique selling proposition (USP) is a concept that has evolved from a factual, externally focused message to one that is more holistic; it now has to touch and inspire your target audiences, whether it is your customers, employees, or partners. In our world, we believe it's the foundation for communications and a core capability of our firm.

Want to Break Through That Boardroom Glass Ceiling? Simple Tips for Women Here

Andrea E. Bolger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea E. Bolger

Women bring a different perspective in terms of diversity of thought and experience, and are passionate about making a contribution and adding value from the start. If you're anything like me, you're probably asking, "Where do I sign up?" With that in mind, I'd like to share some tips based on my experience as a board member within RBC to help you get started.

Empowering Women, Empowering the World...

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Paula Pyne

"The future depends on what you do today." ~ Mahatma Gandhi It was more than a day of Building Personal Brands; it was an uplifting experience with...

Do What Gives You Energy and Drop the Rest

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

It's a fast-paced world and women work hard. We have homes to maintain, families to care for and demanding jobs. All this takes mountains of energy yet we continue to spend time on things that don't really interest or support us. It's time for women to cut to the chase and do the things that give us energy while getting rid of the rest.

If Other People Think Your Creative Ideas Are Crazy, Ignore Them

Anne Day | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

One story that Shapiro shared was of the challenges facing Houston Airport, where luggage would be available within eight minutes but passengers were at the luggage carousel within one minute and disgruntled about having to wait. The answer: airport staff created a longer path to collect luggage which took eight minutes, so luggage and passengers arrived at the same time.