BPW Foundation's Women Misbehavin' Blog

Well behaved women never make history

Posts Tagged ‘Successful Workplaces’

BPW Foundation Welcomes Diane Polangin to Board of Trustees

Posted by sherrysaunders on November 25, 2013

DPolanginBowie City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem, Diane Polangin has been elected to the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation Board of Trustees. “Councilmember Polangin brings strong leadership skills, a broad knowledge of BPW Foundation history and policy issues, and a deep personal commitment to the challenges facing working women, that will greatly enhance BPW Foundation’s strategic programmatic capabilities,” said Roslyn Ridgeway, BPW Foundation Chair.

“Her long standing commitment to public service and community action, which includes her service as president of BPW/USA , BPW Foundation’s former sister organization, president of BPW/Maryland and CFO of the Business and Professional Women’s Education Foundation of  Maryland will be particularly relevant to her new duties on the BPW Foundation Board of Trustees,” Ridgeway said. “In addition, her serving as a mentor for S.O.C.S. (SomeOneCareS), a program for young women from Bowie High School and serving as chair and mentor for the Huntington Community Center’s Choices and Challenges Program, will be particularly valuable as BPW Foundation continues to expand our Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus® efforts.”

“As a long time supporter and worker for women’s rights, a small business owner and an elected official, I am excited to have the opportunity to put my skills and talents to work for an organization that I greatly admire and have supported for years. I am grateful to the board for electing me and I look forward to supporting the BPW Foundation programs on behalf of working women across our country.” Councilmember Polangin said.

Polangin is the owner/operator of Total Tax Service in Bowie, Maryland. In this capacity, she provides services for businesses and individuals, including income tax preparation. She also is a notary public and teaches income tax preparation.

Previously, Polangin was a partner in a southern Maryland-based builder/developer company which developed over 1,000 acres with moderately-priced homes and two office buildings. For many years, she was administrator of an architectural firm where she was responsible for business development, contract negotiation and zoning matters, financial and personnel management, as well as client relations and the development of complex projects.

She is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, National Society of Tax Professionals, Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, Soroptimist International of Bowie-Crofton, Business and Professional Women of Laurel and Maryland Business and Professional Women.

Diane has received awards from the city, county, and state government and from several national organizations for her community service and her national advocacy of women’s issues, such as domestic violence, equal pay for equal work and other family issues. Councilmember Polangin was elected to the Bowie City Council in 2007 and re-elected in November 2009, 2011 and 2013.

Posted in Small Business, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Equal Pay Act is 50 Years Old

Posted by YWM on June 10, 2013

President John F. Kennedy signs the 1963 Equal Pay Act into law as BPW/USA president Dr. Minnie Miles watches.

President John F. Kennedy signs the 1963 Equal Pay Act into law as BPW/USA president Dr. Minnie Miles watches.

50 years ago today, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law and BPW was there.  BPW/USA President, Dr. Minne Miles (second from the right)  attended the event and received one of the signing pens.  She would be surprised that 50 years later there is still work to be done to close the wage gap.

Posted in Wage Gap | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Where is Location, Location, Location in the Virtual World?

Posted by YWM on May 22, 2013

Jane CollenBy Jane F. Collen

Lawyers Loosen UP!

Location, Location, Location” is no longer the key ingredient for success in business, or a career. Telecommuting is a recent but very real part of some legal practices these days.

Oh sure, there are still a large number of staunch old firms that cling to only using physical paper files, limit employee and even attorney access to the internet and have no electronic video teleconferencing capacity.  But I am lucky enough to be one of the founding partners in an IP law firm that protects these wonderful inventions and has been one of the forerunners to implementing their use in our practice.

Yes, that is right.  I amazed a competitor colleague way back about 15 years ago when our office first went paperless.  I explained to him how we scanned in all the mail, and then matched it to an electronic file, and that the paper was then recycled, except for any document where an original signature would be needed.  The older gentlemen thought I was pulling his leg.  He could not imagine a legal world without volumes of papers kept in rows of files in dark and dank basements.  “But how do you find it again?” he muttered to himself.   “It took a bit of adjustment,” I confirmed, “but now files are accessible from anywhere, by multiple users. . .” I trailed off, he was muttering to himself, “impossible” and his eyes had glazed over.

But my partners had had vision.  They saw that this technology was the wave of the future, and rather than shying away from change, we embraced it.  Businesses all function the same way, even law businesses: if you are not moving forward, you are losing ground.

At first it was hard to wean ourselves off paper completely; we found most attorneys printing out copies of documents forpaper ease in editing and drafting.  But in time we became adept at editing on line.  Now of course most attorneys could not function without red lining and sophisticated Word® software, dictation and secretarial typing is fading away.  We employ our PaperCut Protocol® to ensure that we don’t print out copies just to be discarded.  We reuse paper for printing out drafts, we use recycled paper (clean new paper made from recycled paper) whenever possible and we recycle all of our discarded paper, even though anything confidential requires shredding.

And now fifteen years later, this is more the rule than the exception: even some of the dinosaur firms are jumping on board.  We now would not have it any other way.  I deal with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and they now prefer electronic submissions.  We no longer have to file “certified copies” and originals, we must simple file “true copies”.

We have moved on to actively implement new changes, continually adjusting our policies to accommodate our technology. Our thrice weekly meeting of all the attorneys in the firm routinely incorporates our audio and video call in capability.

We were shocked when an attorney who had left us do to a relocation to another part of the country complained that her new, multi state, large law firm only had paper files, and if she wanted to work on a matter that originated in a different office, she had to wait for them to mail the file!

We now ask clients to specify – do you want us to generate paper, or do you prefer exclusively electronic communications.

And the best perk of all this push to paperless-ness and calling in?  Virtual presence.  An attorney can access the files s/he needs from anywhere.  This enables us to access a document in meetings outside the office or in court.  But more importantly it enables us to work from any location.  We have a few attorneys who live in different states than New York (where our firm is located).  Many days they are able to telecommute.  We have had several attorneys, who for family reasons, have had to temporarily relocate, and they telecommute to work from several states away on a daily basis.

Even the United States Patent and Trademark Office has telecommuting Examining Attorneys.  In fact over 64% of their staff telecommute daily, with a requirement to be in the office at certain prearranged times.

So take heart.  Although it is sometimes surprising how firms stick to traditions, most firms have either chosen to or been forced to adapt to the way technology has entered into the legal profession.   Of course you have to check the ethical rules in the state in which you are admitted, but technology has made it possible to practice with a firm in a state even if you are not living there.  Not only are there the more traditional opportunities of employment with a firm with multi-state locations, new opportunities to telecommute should only become more prevalent.

 Jane F. Collen is of counsel  at Collen IP, a New York based law firm specializing in Intellectual Property, http://www.collenip.com.

Posted in Successful Workplaces, Uncategorized, Worklife Balance | Tagged: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Foundations Launch Financial Literacy Support Program for Women Veterans and Military Spouses

Posted by YWM on May 1, 2013

BPW ment.low.resAlliant Credit Union Foundation and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation are partnering to provide free financial education, counseling, and tools for the rapidly growing community of women veterans and military/veteran spouses served by Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® to promote and facilitate economic stability and prosperity in their civilian lives. These financial literacy resources will be available to all members of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® online employment mentoring platform through a designated Financial Literacy Portal with access to online, phone, and one-to-one counseling and education.

 Alliant Credit Union and BPW Foundation will jointly seek additional credit union partners to join a consortium that leverages individual business strategies, marketplace strengths, and geography to meet the diverse and expanding needs of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® women veterans and military/veteran spouses. The consortium will develop and oversee financial resources that include helping younger women veterans establish credit, military spouses facing portability challenges as a result of frequent moves, older women veterans looking to plan for retirement or second careers, caregivers of wounded warriors saddled with responsibility for family finances, as well as entrepreneurs and business owners seeking advice and access to capital.

 David Mooney, Alliant Credit Union President/CEO, has championed financial literacy initiatives across a broad spectrum of consumers, including children and women. Alliant Credit Union Foundation’s early support of BPW Foundation’s 2010 Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit helped identify and focus attention on the specific financial education needs of women leaving the military. Subsequent research and learning led to the development of a tailored financial literacy library in a trusted setting to respond to the overwhelming need among women veterans and military/veteran spouses.

 “There is no question that our Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® audience of women veterans and military/veteran spouses needs access to financial literacy tools and education to find and understand the resources that will enable them to support themselves and their families. Alliant Credit Union’s commitment to providing financial literacy for women in general, and military women in particular, makes them the ideal lead partner for this consortium. BPW Foundation is grateful for the continuing support of Dave Mooney, Alliant Credit Union and its Foundation,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO. “We are excited at the prospect of offering our audience a unique credit union membership opportunity as well as credentialed, personal one-to-one counseling and education. Alliant Credit Union’s online presence affords us the ideal launchpad for an expanding partnership with credit unions across the U.S.”

David Mooney added, “The purpose of Alliant Credit Union Foundation is to promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency. One way we do this is by supporting financial literacy-related initiatives. It’s especially gratifying for us to provide such assistance to women veterans and military/veteran spouses through our partnership with BPW Foundation.”

The Credit Union Financial Literacy Portal is the latest addition to the growing list of free resources and information available to dollarwomen veterans and military/veteran spouses via BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® internet platform, which connects volunteer working women mentors and subject matter expertise to support success in the civilian workplace. The program’s “Working Women Helping Women Work” philosophy builds on a workforce development model to help women veterans and military/veteran spouses navigate their individual challenges finding and succeeding in civilian careers.

BPW Foundation identified employment and career mentoring as a critical need of transitioning women veterans during its inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit in October 2010. First Lady Michelle Obama recognized this “mentorship gap” in the White House’s selection of BPW Foundation as the lead organization for a large-scale mentoring initiative to benefit women veterans and military/veteran spouses. BPW Foundation has since forged partnerships with more than 54 corporations and non-profit organizations to fulfill this mandate and at the recent White House Champions for Change: Women Veterans event The First Lady recognized BPW Foundation “for the exceptional work that they do every day for women veterans.”

Posted in Joining Forces, Joining Forces for Women Veterans, Mentoring, Uncategorized, Women Veterans | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Workplace Challenge for Employers and Women

Posted by YWM on April 26, 2013

Ann Sullivan,  Dr Frances Le Bas,  Angela Scott-Ferrell and Jeanne Simmons-McNeil.

Ann Sullivan, Dr Frances Le Bas, Angela Scott-Ferrell and Jeanne Simmons-McNeil.

April 25 in Sacramento, California a panel of experts in health care and business highlighted the impact of rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions on employers and women in the workplace.  The panel included moderator Ann Sullivan and panelists Jeanne Simmons-McNeil—patient advocate, small business owner and a BPW/CA member, Angela Scott-Ferrell—rheumatoid arthritis patient and, Dr. Frances Le Bas—occupational medicine, pain management, and family practitioner

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a discriminatory disease:  75 percent of patients are women and African Americans suffer the physical symptoms worse than any other population.  But RA comes at a cost that goes way beyond physical pain.  With women making up about 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, rheumatoid arthritis has an enormous impact on workplace productivity to the tune of around 50 billion dollars.

Experts and patients at the panel discussion, held during the California Black Chamber of Commerce African American Leadership “Economic Issues Forum”, pointed out that women and employers need to be more aware of the many treatment options available to sufferers of RA and other chronic diseases, so that they can effectively manage their health and the loss of productivity associated with these conditions. 

Angela Scott-Ferrel

Angela Scott-Ferrel

“I can tell you firsthand how hard it is to live with a chronic disease like RA,” said  Angela Scott-Ferrell who has suffered from the disease for nearly 7 years.  “Rheumatoid arthritis is often misunderstood.  Often employers think it’s just temporary pain, but it dramatically impacts a person’s professional and personal life. ”

“Women make up such a large portion of the workforce so it’s extremely important to provide support and education about the latest treatments, so that those who suffer can live productive, and rewarding lives and can contribute to the success of their workplaces,” said Barbara Kasoff, President of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a co-sponsor of the panel. WIPP and the Business and Professional Women’s(BPW) Foundation recently joined together to form the Working Women Rheumatoid Arthritis Project (WRAP2013), a rheumatoid arthritis awareness campaign for women and employers.

Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly strikes between the ages of 20 and 60, though trends toward the older end.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2014, nearly a quarter of workers in the U.S. will be age 55 and older and more people are retiring later in life, making this a growing concern. 

“Given that more and more women are working later in life it is imperative that employers adapt.   It often only takes

Panel member and BPW/CA member Jeanne Simmons-McNeil with BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett

Panel member and BPW/CA member Jeanne Simmons-McNeil with BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett

small, easy changes in the work environment to make a big difference in someone’s productivity,” said Deborah Frett, CEO of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the other organization co-sponsoring the panel discussion. “A better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis, getting properly diagnosed, and getting properly treated, will remove barriers to success.”

For more information, visit www.WRAP2013.org


Posted in Health, Successful Workplaces, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Military Women Know How to ‘Lean In’

Posted by YWM on April 5, 2013

kayla_head_shot_normalKayla Williams
Author, Truman National Security Project Fellow
This article was first posted on the Huffington Post.

There have been dozens of op-eds and blogs circulating recently in response to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, and I’ve been devouring them in my limited free time. As a member of one of the key demographics her book targets — a working woman with small children — that means I’ve peered at many of them on the tiny screen of my smartphone in spare moments on the train or while my kids nap. The cross-talk about structural changes is, of course, valuable as we lobby for necessary systemic shifts.

While reading all the opinions, I realized that the Army already taught me how to lean in on a personal level. Serving in the military taught me a number of skills that have been essential to my success since I reentered the civilian world — and contain valuable lessons for other women:

1. Presentation Matters

How you present yourself in the military is often governed by regulation: the wear of the uniform, acceptable haircuts or hairstyles, even authorized shades of eyeshadow or nail polish are laid out. Part of this is for uniformity — but the degree to which you choose to obey the regulations in given circumstances and how much care you put into your appearance sends other signals as well. Showing up to a promotion board in a wrinkled uniform and unpolished boots would be noted unfavorably by those rating your readiness to rise in the ranks. In the early stages of my Army career, my male colleagues often ignored me because I didn’t communicate with confidence — what is known as ‘command voice’ in the military.

This carries over in the civilian world. Though dress codes are not laid out in regulation, the informal rules about appropriate attire can be just as important. People consider women wearing some — but not too much — makeup more competent. The evidence shows that women have plenty of experience listening to “mansplaining”: research has shown that men tend to lecture women even when women have more expertise on a given topic. The unfortunate habit of ending sentences on a questioning ‘up-note’ may add to that by making some women sound unsure of themselves. Posture is another key part of self-presentation: I can often recognize my fellow veterans by that alone. Those who have served in the military tend to stand up straight. When we lean in, it is not with slumped shoulders. And it matters: not only are others more likely to respect those with expansive posture, it also makes you feel more powerful and be more likely to take action.

2. Emotional Control

I got fired from my second job out of college partly because I couldn’t control my emotions in the office. My new boss and I did not get along, and she was a yeller. Several times after she publicly yelled at me for perceived failings, I cried in front of my colleagues. This experience indirectly led to my enlistment: when weighing my options, I clearly remember thinking “I bet in basic training I’ll learn to get screamed at without bursting into tears.” And I was right: I developed the ability to push down anger, frustration, humiliation and grief until the time was more appropriate.

This skill was particularly important as a woman: We are automatically assumed to be more emotional. Men who tear up after tragedies are seen as compassionate; women who do the same as weak. I may find this ridiculous and work to change that misperception, but in the meantime, I also know that I have to work harder to overcome that stereotype. In the civilian world, my ability to remain calm, cool and collected while men around me lost their tempers has given me tremendous credibility — and when I do show a flash of genuine anger, it is taken more seriously for being rare. Emotional control is a tremendous asset.

3. Prioritization, Planning and Decisiveness.

When I was in Iraq, I was promoted to sergeant and put in charge of a team. As the team lead, I was responsible for accomplishing missions while also ensuring my team had all necessary equipment and supplies. We had a limited amount of space to carry our technical equipment, food, water, clothing and other personal supplies, weapons, fuel and more. As the leader, you can solicit input — but when it comes down to the moment, you must be decisive — and possibly ruthless in choosing priorities. The military teaches a process called “backwards planning” that is inherently logical: You take the desired end state and figure out what interim tasks need to be accomplished in order for that to be reached. I use this constantly both at work and at home: If a report is due on the last day of March, I sit down and count out exactly how many days it takes to go through the publications process and review to determine when a final draft must be complete, count back from there to determine when a rough draft is due, and so forth.

My husband and I both have full-time jobs, and we have two small children. Each day is a careful dance: if we leave the house fifteen minutes late, worsening traffic means we’ll actually be half an hour late to work. We’ve decided to prioritize eating home-cooked dinners together as a family, and making that happen requires careful menu planning, grocery shopping, timing and communication. I value sleep more than cleaning — so the house gets messy, and we pay a cleaning service to come every two weeks. If we want to go on a date, we have to arrange for a babysitter weeks in advance. Personally and professionally, I constantly rank priorities, backwards plan to accomplish goals and make swift decisions when necessary. Too many people hem and haw on decisions until it is too late and their preferred option is no longer available or are unable to backwards plan and end up delivering projects late; managers seem to genuinely believe they can tell subordinates that “everything is top priority.”

4. Perspective

On my wedding day, the organizer repeatedly told me I was the calmest bride she’d ever seen. This baffled me — it was a happy day, a celebration of love. What was there to worry about? My sister, who had my dress, had gotten lost and was running a bit late. I wasn’t worried — the event would not start without me! The same thing happens when I give speeches or appear on television; people are surprised that I am calm. “What’s the worst possible outcome?” I ask, then answer: “I’d be temporarily embarrassed if I say something stupid. No one is shooting at me.” That sense of perspective may be the most important lesson I brought back from Iraq: if no one is going to die, it probably isn’t worth a high degree of panic.

5. Strength

I didn’t know if I could make it in the military when I enlisted. The Army invests a great deal of resources training troops — by the time we went to war, in addition to training on how to speak Arabic and do my job, I’d spent hours drilling on how to use my weapon, work with my team, perform first aid and more, not to mention the daily physical fitness training. After years of vaguely feeling that my body was just something men looked at, it was something of a surprise for me to learn that with practice, it could run 7 miles, carry a 35-lb rucksack 12 miles in under 4 hours, do 55 pushups in two minutes, and more. (After my daughter was born, I had a similarly-startling realization that my breasts are not just ornamental, they can make food for another human being.)

When I was called to translate as we provided first aid for three injured civilians, it was tremendously calming and affirming to feel that training kick in: Knowing where in the medical supply kit to find what supplies was practically muscle memory. I could see the infantry troops naturally take up a defensive perimeter and scan their sectors of fire: It was a fluid, practiced event. For hours, I did what I had to do, forgetting to eat or drink. It wasn’t until we got in the Humvee to head back that the emotional side hit me — along with hunger and thirst. I hadn’t fallen apart or freaked out. I had done my job. Being prepared was an important part of that, as was not having to do it alone: I was powerfully aware of being part of a team.

Today, that knowledge of my own strength and competence stays with me like a talisman. It gives me pride and confidence to know that if I see a car accident on the way home, I can stop and provide emergency first aid until professional assistance arrives — I won’t faint or panic at the sight of blood or gore. When things are rough, I tell myself, “If I could handle a year in Iraq, I can handle this.” I’m not special –but humans are tough. But numerous studies have shown that women underestimate their abilities. Find ways to recognize your own strength.

The military is not right for everyone, and it can be a tremendously difficult place for women. Women in the military face promotion gaps at some ranks in some services, are less likely to reenlist and disproportionately face sexual harassment and assault. But military women get equal pay for equal work: base pay is calculated from time in grade and time in service. We also have access to the same health care, family support and education benefits that have made military service attractive to so many.

The internal benefits, however, have been most important to me. My time in the military taught me how to present myself effectively; control my emotions; prioritize, plan and be decisive; maintain perspective; and know my strength. Some women may gain those abilities in other settings, but college and work alone had not developed them in me. These skills have been both professionally and personally valuable: today, I’m a published author and recognized advocate who balances full-time work, motherhood and an active public role. The Army taught me to lean in — and to stand up straight and use my command voice while I do. I’m grateful.

Posted in Career Advancement, Equal Pay, Joining Forces for Women Veterans, Military, Uncategorized, Women Veterans | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

How to Navigate a Major Career Transition: Advice from an Army Veteran

Posted by YWM on December 14, 2012

Blog Post first posted by Angie Henderson Moncada  –  11/09/2012 on Insights and Outlooks, Women & Co A Service of Citi

When I was a junior in high school, I had little sense of where I wanted to take my career. Preparing for college meant filling in a lot of little bubbles with number two pencils, including on one standardized test called the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.  I must have done well, because for the rest of that year and into the next, military recruiters were constantly calling me and sending me letters encouraging me to enlist.

I ended up better suited as an English major than a soldier, but as I continue to work with veterans’ service organizations, colleagues who have served and continue to serve in the armed forces, and military families whose lives are touched by the work we do together, I see that several career transitions have led me very close to where that ASVAB exam said I should have been all along.  I may not have chosen a career serving my country, but I am particularly proud this Veteran’s Day that I am able to do my part to serve those who did.

This work recently took me to Jacksonville, Florida, where I met several colleagues who did heed the call of military service. As members of Citi’s Junior Military Officer Leadership Program — which identifies and develops high-potential, military-experienced leaders and positions them for civilian career growth — Julia Ruddock and her fellow veterans have all recently made significant transitions of their own.

Julia Ruddock

I asked Julia, who received a Defense Meritorious Service Medal while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as an engineer in the U.S. Army before coming to Citi, what advice she would give women considering big career moves. Here are excerpts of that conversation:

You recently made a huge shift from the military to a civilian career.  Was this something you had expected and planned to do all along, or did you come to the decision to make a career change over time?

“When I graduated from West Point five years ago, I began my active duty service in the Army knowing exactly where I wanted to take my career.  I had tailored my academic study and military training to directly support my ambitions as well as the needs of the Army.  However, as the latter changed, my goals did not. Ultimately, because I could not realistically have the kind of control over my career path that I wanted, I decided to transition to the civilian world.  Over the past several months that I’ve been here, I have found that working at a global institution like Citi lets me leverage my military experience to pursue my personal aspirations.”

How did you prepare and do you feel your preparations were the right ones?

“I began preparing approximately two and a half years before I left active duty service, methodically planning and executing against milestones that would help secure an opportunity that would make the most use of my skills and expertise.  For example, I began my graduate studies early, while still on deployment, and completed them six months before transitioning. Eight months out, I began competing with other transitioning officers as well as civilian counterparts for both public/foreign service appointments and private sector employment. I also participated very early in job fairs and sought the help of recruiting firms that focused specifically on military transitioning officers.  I feel my preparations were just right given the current employment environment in the U.S.  Also, I am not a procrastinator so I thought it best to start early and give myself the maximum amount of time to achieve a successful transition.”

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced in your new role in terms of workplace culture, colleague or supervisor relationships and/or other major differences?

“One major challenge I’ve encountered has been the workplace environment because, in my current role as a Business Analyst, I have to be in an office in front of a laptop.  I was certainly not used to that in the Army and, to be honest, I still am not.  Another stark difference between my leadership roles in the Army and my current environment is that all of my colleagues are remote, in different locations all over the world, whereas I had direct supervision of and constant interaction with my soldiers every work day.  This took some getting used to because collaboration is much more difficult when everyone is in a different time zone.  It’s a different work environment but the challenge has proven to be one I’ve enjoyed stepping up to.”

What advice would you offer women — civilian or military — considering making a career transition like yours?

“My only advice is that you should never be afraid to make the leap just because it is unfamiliar territory. Like I learned in the military, adapt and overcome.”

Developing career opportunities through efforts like the Junior Military Officer Leadership Program is just one of the many ways Citi supports veterans and military families as part of the Citi Salutes™ initiative. To find out more, visit www.citisalutes.com

You can read more posts by Angie Henderson Moncada on Insights and Outlooks.

Posted in Career Advancement, Joining Forces for Women Veterans, Military, Uncategorized, Veterans, Women Veterans | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

New Poll Shows Bipartisan Voter Mandate for Family Friendly Workplace Policies

Posted by sherrysaunders on December 5, 2012

national partnership

By the National Partnership for Women & Families

Following a divisive election, new poll results released by the National Partnership for Women & Families reveal that the nation’s voters are united in their support for making the nation’s workplaces more family friendly. Across party and demographic lines, an overwhelming majority of those surveyed said they struggle to manage their work and family responsibilities — and that they think it is important for Congress and the president to consider policies that would help, such as paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance.

“America’s working families are being forced to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and their financial security every day because our nation’s workplace policies are badly out of sync with the needs of today’s workers and families,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. “These new survey data clearly show that no matter which candidate voters supported for president this election, they are feeling the pressure of out-of-date workplace policies, and they want action to fix them.”

The bipartisan poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group, found that 86 percent of voters nationwide said it is important for Congress and the president to consider new laws like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance to help keep families financially secure. Nearly two-thirds said it is “very important.” Other key findings include:

  • Strong support across party lines: 73 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of independents and 96 percent of Democrats said congressional and presidential attention to family friendly policies is important.
  • Latinos, African Americans, women and young people — the very voter groups much talked about for their impact this election — felt strongest about the importance of congressional and presidential action: 79 percent of Latinos, 77 percent of African Americans, 69 percent of women and 68 percent of people under 30 considered it “very important.”
  • There is a near universal experience of struggle and hardship in trying to meet work, family and personal responsibilities: Nearly three-quarters of voters (74 percent) said they experience these challenges at least somewhat often, and nearly four in 10 said they experience conflict “all the time” or “very often.”
  • Similarly, nearly three-quarters of voters (72 percent) said they and their families would be likely to face significant financial hardships if they had a serious illness, had to care for a family member with a serious illness, or had a new child.

“There is near universal agreement among voters of all political parties that balancing work, family and personal responsibilities is a challenge,” said Brian Nienaber, vice president at The Tarrance Group. “Voters also strongly agree that a major life altering event like a new child or a seriously ill relative would cause them significant financial hardships.”

“This poll shows that voters want and need family friendly policies that help protect their economic security when illness strikes or babies are born,” said Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners. “Across the board, voters are struggling to manage their responsibilities on the job and at home, they are worried about the financial impact of major health events, and they want lawmakers to adopt policies that will help. The support for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance is strong and broad-based.”

The Healthy Families Act, which was introduced this Congress, would allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illnesses, access preventive care or provide care for a sick family member. It currently has 118 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 18 cosponsors in the Senate.

Members of Congress are also expected to work on a national family and medical leave insurance proposal that would create a federal insurance-based system to provide up to 60 days of partially-paid time off to workers to address their own serious health conditions, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or care for a newborn, newly adopted child or newly placed foster child.

“This new poll adds to an overwhelming body of evidence showing that the public strongly supports common sense, family friendly workplace policies,” said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership. “It’s time for Congress to focus on the real challenges facing real people in this country and prioritize passage of modest, reasonable proposals like the Healthy Families Act and a national paid family and medical leave insurance program that would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy.”

The survey of 1,220 adults who indicated they had already voted or were likely to vote was conducted by telephone from November 4 to November 6, 2012. The sample included both landlines and mobile phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The topline results of the poll can be found here: www.NationalPartnership.org/ElectionPoll

Posted in Economy, Families, Research, Successful Workplaces, Uncategorized, Worklife Balance | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on June 22, 2012

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

 Women who have succeeded in business should be brave enough to share their achievements in order to inspire others and not shy away from publicity [Newsday]

Anniversary of Walmart V Duke is marked by push for equal pay [Care2]

MA women’s commission presses for equal pay and sick days [Boston Herald]

Queen bees, mentors and the boss problem [Business Week]

Even women doctors can’t escape the pay gap [Forbes]

Why women still can’t have it all.  This article is generating quite a discussion in the media and blogosphere [The Atlantic]

Gender make of of UVA Board of Governors is questioned [Washington Post]

The impossible juggling act: motherhood and work [CAP Radio]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

60 women named to League of Extraordinary Women [Fastcompany]

WWII veteran devoted her life to service [Tulsa World]

28 top business women to watch [DRShannonreece]

Elinor Ostrom, only woman to win Nobel Prize for Economics dies [Huffington Post]

Ms Magazine is 40 years old [Huffington Post]


VA should accelerate plans to help female veterans [Boston.com]

Senate Bill aims to help homeless women veterans [Air Force Times]

Documentary looks at post service challenges for female troops [Ruptured Duck]

Inequities plague women veterans [State of Heath]

“Invisible War” film documentary examines rape in the military [Washington Post]

Allow women veterans married to veterans to have their own headstones[UserVoice]

Other News of Note

State Department creates global sports mentor program for women [Business Week]

40 years after Title IX women still lag in tech fields [Delmarva Now]

This issue of Link Love is sponsored by GEICO. GEICO’s affinity partnership supports BPW Foundation programs and research to ensure women’s success in the workplace and beyond. Click here or call 800-368-2734 to obtain a simple, no-obligation rate quote. Mention you are part of the BPW Foundation network to be eligible for exclusive discounts. When you “click” to complete an insurance quote, GEICO makes a financial contribution to BPW Foundation, so please take some time to “CLICK!”


Posted in Equal Pay, Feminism, Successful Workplaces, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on May 25, 2012

Monday, May 28 is Memorial Day.  Remember the sacrifices our service members and their families have made.

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

Bill pushes to close wage gap between men and women [New York Times]

The wage gap is real and still exists. In NH it is 78 cents to a dollar [Eagle Tribune]

How to lift women leaders out of the pick ghetto [Business Week]

Five things you should know about the Paycheck Fairness Act [Think Progress]

Study finds that discrimination in the workplace against women may depend on men’s marital status [Huffington Post]

Empowered Workforce

Career-Day Barbie and Stepford Wives: Don’t forget they are made of plastic… [Huffington Post]


JulieHera DeStefano’s is making of a film, Coming Home, about female soldiers in Afganistan [Pop City Media]

VA releases report on challenges facing women veterans [Warner.Senate]

Military body armor is not a good fit for women [Washington Post]

Military spouses can promote themselves better by turning a negative into a positive -[Augusta Chronicle]

Female veterans the invisible soldiers [Huffington Post]

Female veterans struggle to find employment [CNET TV]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

Women in Business: Q&A with Victoria Ransom, CEO of Wildfire [Huffington Post]

Barbra Streisand has brains to go with her amazing artistry and appeal [Examiner]

Laura Law-Millett, co founder of GI Film Festival, is a veteran herself [WJLA]

Stem in action: Allison M. MacFarlane nominated as NRC chairman [Washington Post]


Negative perceptions still choking off women’s access to STEM careers but encouraging girls in the early grades will benefit them and U.S. economy. [Women’s e-News]


VA effort fights heart disease in women  [Marine Corps Times]

Other News of Note

Women working in the beer industry come together to shed its male- only reputation [Crain’s Cleveland]

This issue of Link Love is brought to you by GEICO. GEICO’s affinity partnership supports BPW Foundation programs and research to ensure women’s success in the workplace and beyond. Click here or call 800-368-2734 to obtain a simple, no-obligation rate quote. Mention you are part of the BPW Foundation network to be eligible for exclusive discounts. When you “click” to complete an insurance quote, GEICO makes a financial contribution to BPW Foundation, so please take some time to “CLICK!”

Posted in Link Love, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »