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Anne Finucane Named One of the “Most Powerful Women Executives in America”

Finucane, AnnesmWe’d like to congratulate MA Conference for Women Board Member Anne Finucane on making both Fortune‘s 2016 “Most Powerful Women” list and Inc.‘s short list of the “12 Most Powerful Women Executives in America.” Read More

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How She Got There: Marian Heard’s Path to Becoming the CEO and President of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the CEO of United Ways of New England

Marian HeardIf you know Marian Heard or ever meet her, please ask her to write her autobiography. Future readers inspired by the community leader who has worked with the last six presidents will be thankful, of course. But even more grateful will be future historians and biographers. Retracing her steps is tough work!

It’d be one thing if Heard had taken on one endeavor after another. She would probably need to work until she’s 150 to accomplish everything she has accomplished, but at least the rest of us would be able to wrap our brains around her career path. Instead, she is a true multi-tasker—that is, if running several businesses simultaneously or leading a couple of organizations while attending school are considered tasks. Read More

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When Bad Bosses Happen to Good People

A bad boss.If you’ve never had a bad boss, you must have spent your career…self-employed! Unfortunately, managers who are incompetent or otherwise awful are a fact of working life. Indeed, a whopping 568 of you responded to our call for bad boss stories and the lessons you learned from the experience. Read these cringe-worthy tales—and commiserate.
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How She Got There: Gloria Cordes Larson’s Path to Becoming the President of Bentley University

Gloria Cordes LarsonWhen Gloria Cordes Larson talks about her career, the word “serendipity” comes up a lot. A self-described “half-glass-full Southern cheerleader type,” she means being in the right place at the right time, and the opportunities she seized lend an unpredictable, if not unplanned, quality to her trajectory—each job doesn’t typically lead to the next.  “Someone looking at my resume could easily think I either can’t hold down a permanent job or that I have a huge amount of curiosity,” says Larson, laughing. Read More

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What You Need to Know about the New Federal Rules to Close the Pay Gap

executive-order-2016Earlier this year, President Obama announced a new executive order requiring companies with more than 100 employees to report their salaries, along with their sex, race, ethnicity and job group, to the federal government. It’s understandable if the news left you underwhelmed or the significance escaped you. “Remember that politicians campaign in poetry, but govern in prose,” says Victoria Pynchon, co-founder of She Negotiates Consulting and Training. “There’s not much poetry in an executive order that only requires reporting, but it acknowledges the existence of the pay gap, something many people do not believe exists. It’s an important first step.” Read More

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Women in STEM: ‘Google Doesn’t Own the Monopoly on Innovation’

Cathy ScerboBy Cathy Scerbo, Vice President and Manager of IT Business Operations, Liberty Mutual Insurance

My mother is part of that generation of women who embraced Gloria Steinem and fought long and hard for freedoms that we today take for granted. And, wow, does that make her mad. Women today should be grateful, she says, for everything her generation did to move the needle on our place in society. By taking for granted all that she and her peers accomplished—think about something as basic as having a credit card in our own name without our husband’s approval—we diminish their struggle. I may be a successful career woman and parent, but my reaction to this argument remains ever that of growing up in a different generation.   Read More

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