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How Culture Impacts Our Value of Women

As a gender expert, I spend nearly all my time speaking, teaching and writing on gender-related topics. These topics include the impact of gender on leadership, career advancement, emotional intelligence, biases, gender roles, and gender perceptions. In essence, I’m interested in knowing what factors impact gender beliefs, how gender affects how we think about ourselves […]

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Why Women Don’t Always Support Other Women

As speaker, author, consultant, and professor, my expertise centers on the broad topics of leadership, gender, emotional intelligence, hidden bias, and diversity & inclusion. There are many related sub-topics I discuss through presentations, workshops and business school courses, but the most common question, by far, that I receive from audiences is, “Why don’t women support […]

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Leadership, Gender and the Power of In-group Bias

Have you ever been part of your manager’s in-group? When have you been in the out-group? What impact did it have on you? If you’re like most people, there are times in your career when your part of the favored in-group. And, there are other times when you feel completely left out. This is the […]

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Are Men and Women Equally Emotionally Intelligent?

I pose this question to my audiences every time I speak. I ask, “How many of you think men are more emotionally intelligent than women?” Usually, 10% of the room or less raise their hands – and sometimes no hands go up with lots of giggles. I then ask, “How many of you think women […]

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Bro Code Decoded

In my last post, I discussed the socialization of boys and men, and how it relates to sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. In this post, I discuss the concept of the Bro Code which is part of the male socialization process. Bro Code In popular culture, the Bro Code is a friendship etiquette to be followed […]

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Socialization and #MeToo

Socialization and the #MeToo movement. Why have there been dozens and dozens of men accused of sexual harassment? Why has sexual misconduct continued for decades, despite corporate sexual harassment training and law suits? Why aren’t more men held accountable for their actions? The answer comes down to how boys and men are socialized, and the […]

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7 Reasons for the Gender Pay Gap

7 Reasons for the Gender Pay Gap. The U.S. Department of Labor and the Census Bureau have long tracked earnings of men and women. These earnings are broken down in a number of different ways according to race, ethnicity, age, occupation, and educational attainment. The overall gender pay wage gap stands at 79 cents. What […]

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EQ vs EI Revisited

Two years ago, I wrote a blog to address the question, “Which emotional intelligence term is correct?” Today, the confusion in terms is still an issue, so this topic needs revisiting. As both a researcher and practitioner of emotional intelligence, the inconsistency in terms has been a long-time pet peeve.  I believe that we should be […]

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Gender Differences at Work

Have you ever scratched your head and thought, “Why does he or she do that?” It’s because people do things that make sense to them, but may not make any sense to you. When it comes to gender, there are both hard-wired and socialized differences that show up at work. We are raised in different […]

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Leadership Gender Gap Stats

Startling Leadership Gender Gap Statistics Mary Barra, Meg Whitman, Virginia Rometty, Indra Nooyi, Marillyn Hewson, and Safra Catz. What do these women have in common?  They are among 26 female CEOs running S&P 500 companies that have crossed the leadership gender gap.  These numbers fluctuate from year to year with an average of 25 or 5%. […]

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