Women in Business

We Need To Remove Laws That Are Barriers To Gender Equality

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Business

Continuing legal differences between the entitlements of men and women in economies across the globe has a negative impact on female work force participation. Some say that women should suck it up, and do a different job. Why? If men are entitled to pursue any career they like, why shouldn't women have the same opportunities?

A Long Way To Go For Gender Equality In South Korea

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Unfortunately, South Korea still has a long way to go in terms of females getting opportunities in leadership positions. The number of female politicians in South Korea is 49 out of 300 members of parliament and South Korea had a 37.4 per cent gender wage gap, which was the largest gap among OECD countries in 2014..

Leading The Way For Japanese Women In The Workforce

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business

Thirteen per cent. That is the percentage by which Japan's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could be boosted if the number of women in the workforce was raised to equal the number of working men.

Number Of Women On Corporate Boards Up Slightly

CP | Alexandra Posadzki | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Business

The number of women on corporate boards in Canada is growing but the pace of change is still too slow says one group.

Changing The Role Of Indonesian Women Will Take A Paradigm Shift

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Impact

n the past decade, Indonesia has progressed in terms of female labour force participation. However, only 51 per cent of Indonesian women are currently engaged in the labour force. This is due to several barriers, including the fact that women are tied to culture, traditions, beliefs and customs.

Does The B20 International Business Summit Have Concrete Impact?

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Impact

Within the past decade, awareness of the business world towards the need to empower women in the economy and workplace increased steadily. This awareness was surely inflamed by the alarming statistics on the gender gap within the economic realm.

If Hollywood Can Think Outside The Gender Box, So Can You

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

I first paid attention to this in September, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). When describing her role in the new film Our Brand is Crisis, Sandra Bullock ‎told the audience it had originally been written for a man. In fact, George Clooney intended to play it, but he was too busy. She loved the dynamic part and blazed forward, asking the producers to make the lead female, rather than male. They agreed to do the gender swap, and other than changing her character's name, hardly tweaked the role at all.

6 Career Lessons From A Twitter Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

When Kirstine Stewart joined Twitter two years ago to build their Canadian business, she went from being a high-profile TV executive to the first empl...

Investing In Gender Diversity Yields Strong Returns

G(irls)20 | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Business

When making predictions about economic success, it is impossible to know what the future holds. Yet the corporate investment in women certainly isn't a hedge. Beyond simply a moral obligation towards equal opportunity, there is fiscal value in utilizing a previously undervalued resource.

Don't Wait for Regulators to Diversify Your Corporate Board

Richard Leblanc | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

When a regulator advises a board of corporate directors that progress on gender diversity is "simply not good enough," that is code that the status quo will not continue and that more regulation may result. And the second wave of regulation is often worse than the first.

The Best Female Leaders Seek Constructive Criticism

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

The best female leaders have very high expectations for themselves and constantly raise the bar by seeking constructive criticism. Then, when told where they made mistakes, rather than berating themselves, they treat the feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement. That constructive narrative enables them to separate criticism from feelings of self-worth.

4 Ways to Be a Better Client

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

Having been on the consultancy side of the business for most of my adult life, I can unequivocally tell you that clients who are pleasant, respectful, collaborative and open-minded will get primo work from their agency.

How Canadian Women Are Building Successful Online Businesses

Andrea Stairs | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

Just in time for small business month, I wanted to share these stories of entrepreneurs you might not know, but who are all harnessing online commercial opportunities to build thriving businesses and making their mark on the Canadian economy.

Only 6.6 Per Cent Of Alberta Corporate Board Members Are Women

CP | John Cotter/The Canadian Press | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Alberta

The study commissioned by the Alberta Securities Commission was done by the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business.

Women Don't Want Privilege, They Want Equality

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Business

G(irls)20 brings together a group of carefully selected young women, "delegates", equips them with leadership and communication skills and gives them the opportunity to meet with leaders from government, business and civil society. This is an excellent way of empowering young women to help them realize their full potential.

5 Small Steps Male Leaders Can Take to Retain Female Employees

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

I had a discussion about the advancement of women with the senior partner of a major law firm. Frustrated with the leaky pipeline of women in his organization, he described hiring equal numbers of men and women but found the turnover rate for female associates to be three to four times that of the males. Rather than throwing up his hands in dismay, there are things he can do to retain women employees.

5 Inspiring Quotes from 5 Inspiring Women

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

This week, I'm celebrating Women's Equality Day and continuing the conversation when we not only talk about the issue of women's equality but how we can reach equality for all. This is also a time when we highlight some amazing women who shine a light on this issue and believe that we can get there.

10 Reasons There Should Be More Women in Tech

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Business
Sacha DeVoretz

When I was growing up, my parents often told me that I could do anything that I wanted. There should be no closed doors on my career aspirations. I grew up around women who were researchers, professionals and innovative in their respective fields.

I've Taken Ownership of My Pregnancy and Childbirth

Gloria Roheim McRae | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Gloria Roheim McRae

You see, I chose to get pregnant, just as I chose to keep our baby, and I can also choose how we are cared for throughout this process. Every Canadian can. If I don't celebrate and exercise the privileges that I have living as a woman in Canada, in 2015, then what's the point of all this choice?

What Aspiring Female Leaders Can Learn From the World of Sports

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

There are many lessons aspiring women leaders can learn from sports coaches and managers. First, there's the importance of connecting with others to build a cohesive team, then there's using positive self-talk to enhance performance, and finally there is looking forward, rather than backward, when the opposition scores a goal.

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made of!

Top Tips For Better Search Engine Ranking

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Business
Sacha DeVoretz

To find out all the tips and secrets to have a more effective website and one that people will see, I spoke with Jill Schoolenberg, Vice President of GoDaddy Canada. Jill shared with me all the top tips to help small business websites get up there in the search engine rankings.

Women Leaders Know What They Value

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

When women know what they value, they naturally become leaders. Their lives have meaning, which gives them more energy. They take more risks in the name of their cause and are more resilient when things don't go as planned. All of this adds up to more of that precious commodity known as "presence."

Is it ever okay to cry at the office?

Jessica Glazer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

In the 1992 film A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks' character, a coach, responds to a female player who started to cry almost uncontrollably when she couldn't handle the criticism, yelling: "There's No Crying In Baseball!! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!!!!"

What Women Must Do to See Themselves as Leaders

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Each of us, male or female, form our identity using a combination of who we are inside and what the outside world feeds back to us. It's the latter that creates a problem for ambitious women. When people around us make it clear they don't see our gender as leaders, through actions or lack of action, it is more difficult for us to believe it as well.