Women in executive roles, whether business or political: how they advance, and what they overcome

Dear Readers:

Recent business and political news has precipitated my thinking even more than I had been about women who hold executive office, whether in business or in government. I’ve also had the opportunity to speak about this topic. So, I put pen to paper and thought to share these recent articles in one place with you.

For Crain’s Chicago Business:

For Huffington Post Politics:

One reminder of how important executive roles are: if Republicans win a majority in the U.S. Senate come Election Day, all the current women chairs of senate committees (and we’re talking big committees here) will be gone. And, since 16 of the current 20 women senators are Democrats, that doesn’t leave much room for the Republican women to take over in the same measure.

Dare I also say: #everydayiselectionday!

Best wishes.

Rebecca

 

 

TABOO (topics): that would be sex, money and politics

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Dear Readers:

The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago will host TABOO on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:30pm at the Public Hotel in Chicago.

My longtime #GirlPolitics pal Christie Hefner will moderate. The panel will include Dr. Lauren Streicher (author of Love Sex Again), and Maggie Anderson, author of Our Black Year. No doubt, we’ll have fun and be provocative.

If you’re in-town, I hope you will join us. If not, let your friends who are know we’re around, in case they want to join in the fun.

All the best.

Rebecca

Toni Preckwinkle and yours’-truly on women in politics breaking the glass ceiling, Chicago-style

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago. To register, click here, visit:.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and I will exchange thoughts on women in politics on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at “Chicago Style,” sponsored by the Institute of Politics of the University of Chicago.

No surprise, I’m sure: there is a chapter about Toni in Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide. I’m thinking that, with all the graduations coming up, her inspirational and tough-minded story is the perfect gift for young women with big dreams, not to mention for their mothers, sisters, aunts, partners, girlfriends; well, you get the picture. Click here for info about online buying options. If you prefer, visit your favorite local bookstore. In any event, Every Day Is Election Day and its frank advice will help you get ready for 2014. For, remember: every year is the year of the woman.

Best wishes.

Rebecca

When Business Women Lead, All Women Win

Dear Readers:

At this link is a playlist of my holiday video for bSMART on how business women win — for all women — when they choose to enter public life.

Screen shot 2013-08-03 at 1.38.43 PM I also spoke about the importance of business women’s leadership in the public square while on my recent book tour for Every Day Is Election Day:  A Woman’s Guide. I stressed the importance of business women’s leadership as a strategy to advance themselves (as well as the public good). I recommended becoming more powerful by:

  • developing a political network and profile,
  • building and maintaining an influential public presence,
  • creating a unique and issue-based personal brand and message,
  • making a positive, note-worthy difference in women’s and girl’s lives, and
  • seeking public office, (whether appointed or elected).

I welcome opportunities to share this presentation in this great New Year, likely to be the biggest year ever for American women who seek public leadership. Why not be one of them!

Best wishes.

Rebecca