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The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In

By - Last updated: Monday, October 7, 2013

A friend sent me the link to an article published in the New York Times in early August with the title "The Opt Out Generation Wants Back In."  When friends send me articles, I usually read them and tweet about them (if I am inspired to do so),  despite the fact, I am well aware many of you are not on twitter.   In this case, I kept thinking about the article and thought it offered a perspective we don't hear very often, so I am doing things the old fashioned way...I am blogging about it to share the link with you....in the hopes, more of you will read it.   I warn you this article is a long one!! Regardless, I believe it ...

Interview with John Smith

By - Last updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today's post is the second of three excerpts from my interview with "John Smith." John is a hugely successful participant in the Canadian securities industry and I thought his perspective on a variety of issues would be interesting to consider!! I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!   I asked John what he thinks accounts for the documented lack of progress by women in the corporate world.   He says: “Oh boy, what accounts for that?  Well it’s probably the predominant thinking that men are better at work than women are but I think that’s being dispelled all the time.  For example, when I go ...

Mentors Are Good. Sponsors Are Better.

By - Last updated: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lately, I have been tweeting about articles I find worthy of reading, however, I thought the article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett in Sunday's New York Times (April 14, 2013) "Mentors Are Good. Sponsors Are Better." was simply too good to miss!! In it, Ms Hewlett clearly describes the difference between a mentor and a sponsor. I believe it is important to understand the difference between them and how each of them can impact your career success. Here is the link; I encourage you to read the article and pass it on!!   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/jobs/sponsors-seen-as-crucial-for-womens-career-advancement.html?ref=jobs&_r=0   Ps. And if you are not on twitter, I highly recommend you give it a try!!    

Unpaid internships are a gender issue!!

By - Last updated: Monday, March 25, 2013

A young University of Ottawa law student approached me to discuss unpaid internships at a reception following an event where I had spoken about the "Lessons Learned By the Babes on Bay Street." I do not like "unpaid internships" but had not given the subject a great deal of thought, other than to arrive at the intuitive conclusion that  unpaid internships represent a way for young people to be taken advantage of as they endeavour to enter the world of work, a world made more difficult in many cases by "grown ups" who had come before them.   In any case, this young woman, Claire Seaborn told me one of the reasons she had founded the "Canadian Intern Association" was because of ...