Forbes, "Why Women Quit"

Women leave their positions at a far higher rate than men, and more often than not, are then replaced… by men. On average, we’re looking at attrition rates of 31% vs 24%, and it only goes higher as you move up the corporate ladder. By the time you actually reach the C-suite, women leave their jobs at over three times the rate of their male colleagues: 24% vs 7%, according to the Network for Executive Women. So, let’s be honest and ask the real question. 

Why are women quitting in such disproportionate numbers?

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Forbes, "The Second Act: Why It’s Not Too Late To Start A Business"

I believe in entrepreneurialism. Of course I do; it’s transformed my life in countless ways, giving me opportunities I never would have had if I’d decided to stick out climbing the corporate ladder. I was young and fresh out of business school when I realized my ambition wasn’t going to be served by being a part of a company someone else built. So I asked myself why I should wait, made up my mind, and in 1992, launched my first business out of an NYU dorm room. But not everyone does that. Not everyone can do that. So if you’re facing your second or third act and lamenting you didn’t start sooner, I have good news.

It’s not too late. It’s never too late.

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Forbes, "The Destructive Power of Social Media—And How Successful Women Can Navigate The Hate"

If there is a single thing the last decade has made crystal clear to the world, it’s the resounding power and influence of social media, not always for the better, and again and again, women have borne the brunt of the abuse of its worst actors. Now, this topic has been analyzed and analyzed and analyzed, as we’ve witnessed everything from digital harassment campaigns to out-and-out murder, and I’m not going to regurgitate that incredible and necessary work. But coming from the perspective of a successful woman with a platform, I think we do need to talk about what’s happening every day online: the weaponization of social media platforms to attack and harass women through intimidation, doxxing, and threats. Because it’s something we need to know how to navigate.

So what on earth do we do about it?

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Forbes, "The Toll: Women Have To Be The Best, And That Has A Cost"

There’s a classic experiment. A woman is given a series of math problems to solve, but is first reminded by the experimenter that women are often perceived as worse at math. The subject then underperforms below her abilities on the problems, whereas women who were not reminded of the stereotype performed the same as male counterparts on average. Simply put, the stereotype fulfilled itself.

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SWAAY, "Why We Need Sophia Amoruso's 'LinkedIn for Women'"

Girlboss.

It's a name that is immediately confrontational, exceedingly direct, owning the ways men talk down to and infantilize women and the constant charge of "bossiness" leveled at any woman with the gall to be commanding. Girlboss has the ring of defiance, yes, but also of solidarity; it is the act of declaring that, yes, I am like other girls. I am not interested in whether you think I can hang, and you can't expect me to chuckle at your jokes about women. A girl, in short, is the boss, and there's not a damn thing you can do about it.

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IWMF Torch, "Living Life to the Fullest"

My dad was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia in 2011. It’s going to be a familiar story to anyone reading this, no doubt, united as we all are by our experience with loved ones suffering from this illness, or by our own affliction. We only found out because he was hospitalized for something entirely unrelated

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Forbes, "The Problem Behind the Problem: Why Technology Perpetuates Bias"

There used to be a dream that technology would be the great equalizer. From social media democratizing national and global discourse to new technology simplifying elections to computer algorithms cutting through prejudice. But that hasn’t panned out: social media is ripping our social fabric to shreds, elections are under constant siege, and our technology is perpetuating rather than eliminating biases.

You get the sense that we had a bit too much confidence in the cleansing power of the electronic microchip.

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Forbes, "Standing Up To The Spectre of Failure"

A spectre is haunting women entrepreneurs. The spectre… of failure.

Nobody likes to fail, but the crippling fear of it is something that women are, as a class, more prone to than men (and deservedly so; it’s hard not to be afraid to fail when every misstep is used as proof that women simply aren’t good enough). It’s built right into how we’re trained to function in this world – and our collective anxiety about how we challenge that. In fact, I’d warrant that a fear of failure is one of the biggest obstacles women face in achieving some form of financial independence, a tiny gremlin in our brains that we’ve given far too much control over our lives.

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Inc, "Daily Habits Practiced by Incredibly Successful People"

“I try to find ways to make my life quantifiable: what can I measure, what can I count? That may not seem like a big deal, but it really is. It lets me build daily specific goals that I can know whether or not they have been achieved. So, for example, I try to walk five miles every day, without fail. But this goes further… How many times have I emailed my employees today to encourage their work? How many team members have I singled out for praise today?”

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Forbes, "From Field To Boardroom -- US Women's Soccer Players Kick Off Business to Tackle Structural Sexism"

The US Women’s Soccer team is something of a contradiction: a legend, with celebrity players celebrated as national heroes, met with ticker-tape parades, and obsessed over every four years, yet just as quickly forgotten about and treated worse than a second-rate team. With more World Cup titles than any other women’s team, they’ve been one of the world’s premier national teams throughout their relatively young history – winning the very first Women’s World Cup in 1991 and fueling a US soccer craze with their second World Cup victory and Brandi Chastain’s iconic penalty shot in 1999 – in stark contrast to the country’s famously underwhelming men’s team (which has never made it to a World Cup final and didn’t even qualify for the 2018 World Cup).

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Forbes, "In the Corporate World, There's No Such Thing As Women's Health -- And That Needs To Change"

The modern workplace was not designed with women in mind. Full stop. There are fewer overarching systemic barriers to our participation in the workforce than that fact, and I can think of no clearer example than the way workplaces treat (and more critically, understand) women’s health needs. Discussion of this issue has somewhat seized on the relative unavailability of menstruation products in ladies rooms, essentially akin to making people bring their own toilet paper. It’s an opportunity to provide a basic accommodation for unavoidable biologies that is so often missed, if for no other reason than that no women were involved in the planning that put toilet paper in the bathrooms to begin with. 

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Elizabeth Elting to be Honored with 2019 Charles Waldo Haskins Award

NEW YORK, May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Elizabeth Elting, successful entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, and noted advocate for women's equality, education, and health, will be honored with the prestigious Charles Waldo Haskins Award for business and public service at an annual gala hosted by NYU Stern School of Business. The award, given each year to a prominent business leader, recognizes outstanding achievement at the intersection of commerce and public service.

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Forbes, "Fixing Business's Gender Inequality At The Root"

In just the last few years, the conversation surrounding women’s equality has been wide-ranging, ever-evolving, and contentious; from #MeToo, to the reflexive and often violent backlash, it seems that the cultural reevaluation of how women fit into society is deservedly at the center of the public discourse. At the core of it has been the growing awareness of how women are systematically held back. These problems affect women in every field; women are not recruited or promoted in anywhere near the numbers of their male counterparts, creating a feedback loop of self-perpetuating bias. Which is what makes the news coming out of Goldman Sachs so exciting: a policy change aimed at fundamentally reinventing hiring culture at one of the biggest financial firms in the world.

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Forbes, "How Goldman Sachs Is Making A Revolutionary Pitch For Workplace Equality"

In just the last few years, the conversation surrounding women’s equality has been wide-ranging, ever-evolving, and contentious; from #MeToo, to the reflexive and often violent backlash, it seems that the cultural reevaluation of how women fit into society is deservedly at the center of the public discourse. At the core of it has been the growing awareness of how women are systematically held back. These problems affect women in every field; women are not recruited or promoted in anywhere near the numbers of their male counterparts, creating a feedback loop of self-perpetuating bias. Which is what makes the news coming out of Goldman Sachs so exciting: a policy change aimed at fundamentally reinventing hiring culture at one of the biggest financial firms in the world.

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Forbes, "Why Closing The Gender Pay Gap Just Hit A Judicial Speed Bump"

Last year, there was what appeared to be a significant development in workplace pay equality for men and women. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, in the case of Rizo v. Yovino, that companies would not be allowed to use an employee’s salary history to determine future earnings, effectively shuttering one of the most significant factors in perpetuating the gender gap.

However, there have been ongoing developments in the case. I sat down with Sherry Culves of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, an expert on pay inequality issues, to discuss these developments and how they’ll play into the ongoing problem.

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Elizabeth Elting Foundation and American Heart Association Celebrate with Annual Benefit for Women's Heart Health

Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation and noted advocate for women's equality, education, and health, is partnering with the American Heart Association as Campaign Co-Chair and Sponsor at the 2019 New York City Go Red For Women® Luncheon. Coinciding with International Women's Day, this year's event will be held on Friday, March 8. "This is my sixth year working with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign, and I'm grateful to continue to have the opportunity to support such important work," said Elting. “Heart disease is the number-one killer of women in the U.S., and yet many still aren't aware of their risk factors and the basic warning signs of heart disease unique to women. The more we spread this knowledge, the more lives we'll save.”

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Forbes, "Tech Is Still A Man's World -- But We Can Fix It"

It’s no secret that men dominate the business world. From the boardroom to the mailroom, men are vastly overrepresented at every level, which is really the opposite of surprising; we all know the cliché about it being a “man’s world,” but that truism communicates reality to an extent that I think we’re often unwilling to recognize: gender equality in the workplace is still very far from a reality, save in the fevered imaginations of clusters of internet “men’s rights advocacy” groups who think women have mysteriously and surreptitiously conquered the world.

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Forbes, "The Slow Movement of Progress – Why Can't We Do Better?"

An ongoing fascination of mine is the subject of how #MeToo, now in its second year, has been (or hasn’t been) transforming the public landscape that women have to navigate. For the most part, despite the public takedowns of some of the most prominent men in media, the on-the-ground situation for women in most sectors hasn’t really changed; by and large, companies aren’t adopting the kinds of policy changes needed to create real systems of accountability, and paranoia over imaginary “false accusations” is making some men more (misguidedly) apprehensive to even interact with their female employees or coworkers at all.

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Forbes, "How Nevada Is Leading The Way On Curbing Harassment & Abuse In The Workplace"

One of the most interesting aspects of the #MeToo movement has been the ways it has – though more often hasn’t – translated into policy decisions. It’s been a very mixed bag in that regard, with people at most companies reporting that #MeToo has not resulted in concrete policy initiatives, and at those where it has, a mere decline in reports is the only metric of success. This is faulty for a lot of reasons, but it remains an ongoing problem: companies aren’t taking the initiative.

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Elizabeth Elting Foundation and Trinity College Celebrate 50 Years of Co-education

Liz Elting, Founder and CEO of the Elizabeth Elting Foundation, will be hosting a celebratory evening with Trinity College in honor of the 50th anniversary of the school becoming a co-educational institution. In 1969, the preeminent New England liberal arts college admitted its first women students. Since then, the women of Trinity have gone on to break boundaries, forge successful careers, and flourish into global leaders.  

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