Category Archives: Diversity

Margaret Heffernan: 3 TED Talks, Research & Books-Making A New Case for Business Diversity

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In this episode, speaker, author and international business leader, Margaret Heffernan, talks about her book, “Woman on Top”. She gives a few reasons why some women were able to start a business and achieve more with less.

Then, she gives her opinion about gender equality in the corporate world. She explains why past diversity campaigns failed and what can be done to change the mindset of leaders about this issue.

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Emilia DiMenco: Certifying Women-Owned Businesses and Dramatically Accelerating Growth

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How can you fast track your career and perceived as a valuable asset in your organization?

Let Emilia Dimenco answer those questions for you.

As the President and CEO of Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), Emilia talks about the various support they offer to several types of businesses.

Having a successful 30-year career in the financial services, Emilia shares her experience in investment banking and the value of sponsorship in accelerating her career – from being an intern into becoming a leader in various financial organizations.

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Debra Ruh: Inclusion for People with Disabilities is Not a Charity

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Debra explains how accommodating to specific needs of employees can increase the productivity and culture of an organization – just like what happened to Cisco and Cannon.

As a global disability inclusion strategist, Debra discusses how global corporations and governments are taking measures to integrate people with disability into the workforce.

Being a longtime entrepreneur, Debra shares her adventures and misadventures in creating her businesses. Things like building a for-profit organization,

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Nancy Wright: Not Your Grandma’s Girl Scouts

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In this episode, Nancy Wright, CEO for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, invites us to remember and re-learn the real-world skills that the Girl Scouts offer. Things like leadership, confidence and love for the community. Plus, she’ll discuss different programs available for Girl Scouts –from STEM to business communication.

She’ll also share a story about her father, and how their conversation inspired Nancy to find a way to serve the community.

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Kate Bensen: Connecting Top Female Executives and Making Meaningful Change

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In this episode, President and CEO of the Chicago Network, Kate Bensen talks about the 4 main purposes of her organization and what needs to be done to increase diversity amongst corporate organizations.

Then, she gives her views on the flexibility issues associated with being a female executive. How does a woman leader handle this challenge and what needs to be done to fulfill the balance between work and life?

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