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Inforum Center for Leadership recently released its tenth-anniversary Michigan Women’s Leadership Index, a snapshot of the leadership role of women in Michigan’s top one hundred public companies. Wayne State School of Business Administration conducted the research for the 2013 report, which also looks back on the decade since it was first published in 2003.  “A decade of research reveals little change for women in the highest ranks of leadership in Michigan’s top one hundred public companies,” said Terry A. Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership. “Our goal in publishing this report is to bring greater… Read more...

7 Ways to Avoid Networking Disaster

Thursday, 19 September 2013 03:11
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, networking is a necessary evil—unless, of course, you work in a cave and are required to stay in said cave and never leave. Most of us in the professional world need to attend lunches, evening soirées, and breakfast events to grow our network and to build mutually beneficial relationships; this is also referred to as business development. It isn’t that hard, right? You just show up, have a couple of drinks, make conversation, and BOOM!, a great relationship is born. Wouldn’t it be great if it was really that easy? For most… Read more...
Last week, we explored the growing trend of women's roles in the field of technology. Although stereotypically, women are placed outside of the realm of fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the barriers created by gender are coming down, and the tables of women in leadership related to these fields are turning. Click here to read part one of the Women in Technology: Turning the Tables series.  Abundant Opportunities in an Ever-Changing Field Whether women are interested in technology in college, or fall into the career later in life, there is always opportunity for them to thrive… Read more...

Women in Technology: Turning the Tables Part I

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 06:49
When it comes to women in the workforce, society and the media traditionally place them in nurturing or social fields such as nursing, teaching, or administration positions. With time and a savvy business acumen, that stereotype is changing as we are seeing a shift in women joining fields that are traditionally held by men. In the United States, only twenty percent of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are held by women. As technology begins to take over every aspect of our personal and business lives, it only seems natural that more women would, in one way or another,… Read more...
Beverly Wall left her rural roots to move to Grand Rapids in 1976 and pursue her dream of becoming a successful woman business owner. Today, she is the owner of several companies—including Languages International Inc. a once-struggling company that she was able to turn around with a two hundred percent sales increase in less than two years.   She has been recognized by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce with an ATHENA award and is counted in the 50 Most Outstanding Business Owners in West Michigan and 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. Now that she has realized many of… Read more...
Many women aren’t comfortable dealing with negotiations, even when something they really want (and deserve!) is on the line. Vickie Milazzo shares nine tips to help you stop underpricing yourself and start getting paid what you’re worth. If you’re ready to stop sitting back and start negotiating like you mean it, read on for nine of Milazzo’s tried-and-true tips.  Never let them see you as a commodity. After all, commodities are easy to obtain and easy to replace. And that’s certainly not how you want to be perceived at your job—whether you’re an employee, a leader, or an entrepreneur. If the… Read more...
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey found that, globally, management, and executive roles are among the most difficult to fill. Despite this, Grant Thornton's 2012 International Business Report revealed that barely one in five senior management positions globally is held by women. In her opening plenary remarks at the WEF Annual Meeting, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde urged the business world to focus on inclusive growth. She said: "The evidence is clear; when women do better, economies do better. Seventy percent of all consumption decisions in the world are made by women." "The world simply cannot afford such a poor representation of half the… Read more...

Out-of-the-Box Team Building

Tuesday, 09 July 2013 03:39
Tired of the same old conference room brainstorming session? Engage your employees' creativity and build officewide camaraderie at the same time, with Wine and Canvas.  InspireMany employees spend eight hours a day in front of a computer screen, where the only opportunity to use creativity is jazzing up the salutation at the end of an e-mail. If you feel yourself headed toward an occupational plateau, it may be time for a change of scenery. Wine and Canvas will set up shop in any office space and provide all materials necessary for participants to create paintings. When Serendipity Media employees took… Read more...

Work is a Blessing

Friday, 24 May 2013 13:30
Alice was a troubled real estate agent. She loved her job, and was happy with her occupation and with the company and other agents she worked with, but wanted to meet with us regarding her self-inflicted problems. She was creating her own roadblocks to attaining more wealth. Alice was having a hard time with her confidence. She had self-defeating perceptions, due to dealing with the wealth she was creating. She needed confirmation. Perceptions are your reality. Alice created her own problems, due to her beliefs and thoughts. Alice needed to believe in herself and have courage to embrace her talents… Read more...

Women Must Make Money Work Harder

Monday, 06 May 2013 12:45
Many women enter the job force after raising their children, typically earning less than equally educated male counterparts and statistically living longer than these same males. The amount of money women need to save for retirement is greater than males need, and it has to last longer. Sadly, however, most women feel they need to take care of everyone else before they think about themselves. Many women don’t start thinking about their own financial security until their children leave home. We have met women in their early fifties who have only $2,000 saved for retirement. They are depending completely on… Read more...