Exclusive network for senior women working in the property sector – register your interest

I’m very excited to announce on behalf of sphinxx a new and intimate gathering of women leading in the property sector. From urban planning and architecture; engineering, construction and design; and advisory, transactions and property management,&nbsp…

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Women On Boards releases 2012 Boardroom Diversity Index showing further small increase in women holding board positions

Hats off to Women on Boards for their latest Boardroom Diversity Index (BDI), which provides a snap shot across 850 organisations of the number of board seats held by women.  The research, now in its third year, tracks directorships by gender acro…

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Money tip: Private Health Insurance Rebate now means tested – prepay for next year and make 30 per cent return on your savings

Next week is the start of a new financial year in Australia and if you earn more than $84,000pa as an individual or $164,000pa as a family you will no longer be able to claim the Private Health Insurance Rebate from July 1st.  (Note income include…

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(At least) 3 things women need to stop apologising for

“Women need to stop apologizing for routine workplace events,” Bloom
shared with me in an email. “Ladies, every time the word ‘sorry’ is
about to fly out of your mouth, think: Have I actually done something
wrong? Or has this just become a verbal tic?” 
Here are three things that women often apologize for and what we can do to stop, today.

1.  Our financial expectations.
Ever since women entered the workforce en masse, there have been
reports revealing that we make less on average than our male
counterparts. Although this gap is lessening, there is still much
progress to be made. Yes, talking about money can be an uncomfortable
endeavor. However, if you’re armed with good ammunition to back up your
demand, you’ll feel more confident and ready to engage in that dialogue.
In other words, be clear what you want, and don’t leave until you get
it (well, within reason). Moreover, when in contract negotiations for
any job or project, engage an advisor so that you have a second set of
eyes on the details and can work out what’s acceptable and what’s not
with someone well-versed in the small print.

2.  Our physical appearance.
Earlier this week I did a little tally of how long it took me to
prepare for one of my other jobs, working as a national TV host on a
business news network. The night before our shoot, I spent two hours
with my clothing sponsor picking out my wardrobe for upcoming shoots.
The next morning I spent two hours getting my hair done, two hours
getting my nails done, and 30 minutes in makeup just before the show.
Almost a full day, and I haven’t even started my job, compared with my
co-host, who literally grabbed a clean shirt and was ready to go (yes,
he’s male). 

3.  Our professional accomplishments.
“Women are trained to be sensitive to everyone’s feelings, not to be
selfish, and not to brag,” Bloom explains to me when I ask about this
culture of saying sorry. “These are good traits to have. Be we also need
to understand that sometimes it’s not appropriate to apologize–like
when we haven’t done anything wrong.”

From the article by Amber Mac, at Fast Company

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The female economy hits Silicon Valley – with the rise of the pink-collar businessmen

“According to a 2010 report from comScore,
women spend more time online than men, and they’re overrepresented in
social networking, gaming, photos, blogs, and retail. Not only do women
spend time online, they spend money, too—female custome…

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What if, what if… the legacy of Azaria Chamberlain and the price her family paid

Like Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, my parents have grieved the loss of a child.  Like the Chamberlains, my parents took a healthy, vibrant baby girl home from hospital expecting a lifetime of happiness but instead experiencing the ultimate sadnes…

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