Embracing gender differences is the way to succeed

“Lack of recognition of basic differences men and women have like career cycles, communication styles, or attitudes to power is enough to eliminate one gender and prefer the other” notes Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO of 20-first, one of the world’s leading gender consulting firms, and author of Seven Steps to Leading a Gender-Balanced Business. The author of the article published in the Harvard Business Review argues that “denying the existence of differences between men and women was a useful phase to go through, but now that the reality of gender has changed, so should our approach”. To read the full article click here.

Good Practices Promoting Gender Equality through the Work-Life Balance in Europe

European Institute for Gender Equality has recently published a collection of good practices – interventions that promote gender equality through the family work-life balance. Good practices were drawn from such countries – among others, as Austria, Germany, Denmark, Slovenia. Some of the practices described in the report include “24-hour Service Childcare”, “A Hug from Daddy”, “Parental leave company workshops”. To learn more about good practices, main gaps and challenges read here.

 

 

 

Women in Media Uniting to Bridge the Confidence Gap

While the issue of women in tech is widely discussed, another area, which would not patently be the topic for the gender discussion, is women in media. The Australian Business Review uncovers the role of women in the media market and highlights an important factor – confidence factor – determining gender balance in media, which can, actually, be defining women’s advancement in any area women are engaged in. Read the full article here.

Saudi Prince Pledges $32 Billion to Good Causes, With Women’s Rights a Focus

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A good move for Saudi Arabia, which is known to be widely criticized for its women inequality. Looking forward to read the strategy to learn more on the planned actions to improve gender equality in the country. A full article can be accessed through the following link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/saudi-prince-pledges-32-billion-to-charity-with-womens-rights-a-key-focus-1435762281

 

Women’s leadership: How to close the gender gap in Asia

Asian Development Bank had an interview with Dr. Astrid Tuminez to discuss the issue of women’s leadership in Asia and the ways to improve the advancement of women in high-levels of management. Read the interview here.

WPLA marks International Women’s Day 2015

This year to mark the International Women’s Day, WPLA in collaboration with the LKYSPP Bridging Gender and Policy Group partnered with the leading tech companies to host a panel discussion. The event was widely attended by the students, staff and members of the public.

Photo Courtesy of Bridging GAP Group

The panel discussion focused on “Women Leaders in Technology: Why We Do What We Do?” and featured a panel of four remarkable women leaders from such tech companies as Microsoft, HP, Twitter and ConneXionsAsia.

  • Amelia Agrawal, Regional Director of OEM Marketing, Microsoft
  • Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Asia Pacific & Japan, HP
  • Frederique Covington, International Marketing Director, Twitter
  • Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder and CEO, ConneXionsAsia

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez was the moderator of the discussion.

The panelists shared their unique personal stories of how they achieved career success in the technology sector and the challenges they encountered along the way, whether the work-life balance is a myth, and how they contributed to the success of their companies.

One of the takeaways of the event relates to the risk women associate with the career in tech: “Are women less risk-taking, therefore less attracted to high-stakes tech industry? There is a steep learning curve that requires some confidence to take, not just in tech. Mentors need to convey to girls that it’s important to take risks.”

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Photo Courtesy of Bridging GAP Group

 

15 Women That Are Changing The World in 2015

Students take part during the “One Billion Rising” dance campaign at all-girls school St Scholastica college in Manila

Photo Courtesy of World Economic Forum

 

In anticipation of International Women’s Day 2015 World Economic Forum shares the stories of 15 women changing the world in 2015. Read on the stories of these remarkable bright women to get inspired to work harder towards achieving your goals and creating gender-inclusive environment: https://agenda.weforum.org/2015/03/15-women-changing-the-world-in-2015/?utm_content=buffer5c0ba&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer. 

 

 

 

Global Statistics about Women in the Workplace

The editors of the HBR Blog Network recently published the stats below offer a startling glimpse into what work and leadership is like for women around the world. Click or tap the refresh button for a new fact, and share them with your friends, family and colleagues. For more about this blog post, please click on this link: HBR Women in the Workplace (September 2013) 

Microsoft Taiwan Empowers the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

One of the goals of the Women’s Pathways to Leadership in Asia (WPLA) project is to highlight successful initiatives promoting the advancement of women in the Asia Region. Microsoft is an industry leader in promoting diversity in the workplace and fostering female talent.

In Taiwan, Microsoft has launched a GIRLS Power Up internship programme. The goal of this leading internship program is to partnership with academic institutions to help young and aspiring businesswomen to become entrepreneurs. GIRLS Power Up was first initiated at the Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology (TPCU), National Chung Hsing University and WuFeng University.

Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology (TPCU) students Liao Yu-Syuan and Hsieh You-Qi shared their experiences at the Microsoft GIRLS Power Up press conference

Photo courtesy of Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific

According to a recent publication by Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific,  approximately “180 female students have participated in the programme and were successfully matched to 36 ‘micro-internship’ teams to experience running a business venture and hone their entrepreneurial interests.” Throughout the course of the program, participants receive valuable skills training including social networking and online marketing skills needed for young women to succeed in their future ‘micro business venture.’

In a recent press conference highlighting the progress of GIRLS Power Up Programme, Sally Wang, a successful female entrepreneur told the audience how her company gained from offering these internship opportunities by stating, “The students that I’ve worked with are fully dedicated to this programme, and I am really thankful to have this chance to interact with this group of students. I am most impressed by their positive attitude and creative marketing ideas.”

Young female entrepreneurs benefit from the practical experience they gain through the program. Hsieh You-Qi, a business administration degree student at TPCU and current participant of the program, expressed the value of this experience by saying that “Thanks to GIRLS Power Up, I now have a deeper understanding of many aspects of entrepreneurship. I hope to use what I’ve learned to fulfill my dreams of setting up my own business in the future.” In particular, the program has provided her the skills to differentiate her product offerings and leverage social media to effectively market new products.

According to Vincent Shih, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director at Microsoft Taiwan, “The main purpose of the GIRLS Power Up programme is to provide a platform for young Taiwanese women to take the first step in digital learning through small-scale business ventures, which entail less risk and help them develop their entrepreneurial potential. This internship programme is designed to enable them to pick up the critical skills and knowledge to cope with the challenges of operating a business venture.” Thanks to these innovative initiatives, Microsoft is empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs and empowering women in the Asia Region.
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For more information on the GIRLS Power Up programme please visit the following link: Taiwan’s GIRLS Power Up programme 

 

 

WPLA’s 2013 Researchers Announced

Women’s Pathways to Leadership in Asia recently launched a Call for Proposals to encourage students pursuing advanced degrees to participate in an upcoming research project by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The selected students include:

Meera Jethal,  Master of Public Administration Candidate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 

Edwina Frisdiantiny, Master of Public Policy Candidate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 

Hendri Yulius, Master of Public Policy Candidate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Phuong Thao Nguyen, Master of Public Policy Candidate, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy 

The selected researchers will participate in the a follow up publication to the Rising to the Top?  A Report on Women’s Leadership in Asia. While the first publication “Rising to the Top?” examined a range of available data on women’s leadership in the Asia-Pacific region, identified factors that helped or hindered women in their pathways to leadership, and specified some policy recommendations, the upcoming research will focus exclusively on the non-profit sector in Southeast Asia.

Currently, most of the current literature on the difference female leaders have made address the corporate or for-profit sector (highlighting, for example, correlations between more women senior managers and higher profitability, better governance, and improved risk-taking).  Thus, there is a gap to be addressed in research on women’s impact in the non-profit sector. With this goal in mind, these researchers will interview current leaders in the non-profit sector in the Asia Pacific region.

Their findings will be used to  generate stories and to generalize from these stories what difference women leaders have made and how. These will serve as a source of information to further the research agenda of women’s advancement in the non-profit sector.

Women’s Pathways to Leadership in Asia congratulates the selected scholars!