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.


Sweet (Oh so sweet) Sixteen

You need to go to the 17th entry on the Crain’s Chicago Business, just-published list of the highest-paid CEO’s of Chicago’s not-for-profits to find a woman.

Once you get there, you see that that woman is Deborah Rutter, head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, coming in at a cool $448,000 and change.

But lest you think that ain’t bad, here’s an interesting factoid: David Mosena, head of the Museum of Science and Industry, rolls-in at way-cooler number-two, at a way-cooler 1.1 million and change, yet the assets he manages are significantly less than those managed by Ms. Rutter.

Something’s (seriously-wrong) with this picture, people.

Here are some other quick observations:

–Of a total of 25 people listed, five are women. All but Deborah are among the last on the list, i.e., numbers 19, 21, 22 and 25.

–And here’s another goodie: Number 25, Elizabeth Glassman, President and CEO of the Terra Foundation for American Art, like Deborah Rutter, manages institutional assets almost twice the size of those managed by David Mosena, Mr. Way-cool-number-two.

Truth-be-told, I’m wondering if I’m reading this right. It is late, after all.

If I’m not, call me, quick, ’cause I’m really, really bummed-out by this little chapter.

But, if I am right, I call again for the formation of the 51% club, an organization for the demographic majority of Chicagoans, fighting for the rights of that majority; that group would be women, by the way.

For I’m of the view that governments, including the governments of not-for-profits, should be of the people, by the people, and for the people. And, as it happens, in this (municipal) case, that would be people who are women.

When I turn to the Crain’s list of “Chicago Non-Profits’ Highest Earners: Other Employees,” I see that number one on that list, at a way-way cool 1.3-million-and-counting, is Susan E. Manske, the chief investment officer of the MacArthur Foundation.

My takeaway from all this? Remember the term “math anxiety”? Well, women: If you’ve got it, get-over-it; for math is the way to success in the not-for-profit world, not social work. Alternatively? Be a man.