Paid Maternity Leave for a Year: Coming Soon to a Company Near You?

Last month, prospective parents in Silicon Valley had reason to cheer: Adobe, Microsoft and Netflix announced that new moms and dads could take off, respectively, 12 weeks, 16 weeks and one year—paid. (At Adobe, birth moms can take 10 additional weeks of medical leave, and at Microsoft, they can take 8 more weeks of paid disability.) The companies joined Google (18 weeks for birth moms) and Facebook (four months for moms and dads) in their generous parental leave policies. Can it be long before the rest of corporate America gets with the progressive program? Patty McCord, principal at Patty McCord Consulting and former chief talent officer at Netflix who introduced unlimited vacation days, weighs in on the change happening in Silicon Valley—and hopefully beyond. Read More

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9 Ways the U.S. Women’s World Cup Win Makes the World a Better Place

Fans cheer on the U.S. women's soccer team at the first ticker-tape parade in New York City for an all-female sports team. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

Fans cheer on the U.S. women’s soccer team at the first ticker-tape parade in New York City for an all-female sports team. Photo credit: Anthony Quintano

You don’t have to be a soccer fanatic to understand how truly awesome the U.S. women’s World Cup win is. So you can have a full and fine appreciation, here, with help from our Facebook followers, are 9 ways the triumph raised the bar, shifted the paradigm, shattered the ceiling—and otherwise rocked: Read More

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CFW SURVEY: ‘I Care’ and the Other Reasons You Do ‘Office Housework’

stock 853Editing a colleague’s report, taking meeting notes, refilling the printer paper tray—the non-job-description stuff you do at work to help someone, your team or the company at large has a name. “Office housework”—and as at home, the bulk of it falls to women, who mostly do it to little acknowledgment, let alone acclaim, reported Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in a recent New York Times article. What’s more, they say, it’s another example of gender bias: Men are praised and rewarded if they pitch in, while women are penalized for not helping.

But is office housework that widespread a burden and do women do it because we have to? We asked our readers and a whopping 2,218 of you responded. You have strong feelings about the topic, ranging from resentment to bemusement. Here’s what you said: Read More

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Get to Know 2014 Be the Change Winner Deborah Hughes in the Boston Globe

Photo Credit: DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

Photo Credit: DINA RUDICK/GLOBE STAFF

 

Deborah Hughes was honored with the 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women Be the Change Award for her world-changing work with homeless women and their families.

Learn more about Deborah, her work, and the lives she touches in this wonderful Boston Globe profile published January 12, 2015.

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Special Podcast: Successful Networking (at the Conference and Beyond!) with Laura Schwartz

Schwartz, Laura“Our jobs are nine to five, but our careers are 24/7.”

Laura Schwartz, a former director of events at the White House and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed! Climb Your Way to the Top Using the Networking Power of Social Events, shares stories and useful tips for anyone preparing to attend the Conference—or any social event, for that matter. Listen to the 30-minute session (or read the transcript) below.  Read More

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MA Conference for Women 10th Anniversary Video

It’s our 10th anniversary! Watch this video we’ve put together to celebrate.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. In ten years, the Conference has connected and empowered tens of thousands of women.

Thank you for being a part of it!

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Lupita Nyong’o’s 7 Tools for Fearlessly Following Your Dreams

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 Conference for Women

Photo by Diane McCormick

In June of 2014, the Massachusetts Conference for Women announced a highly anticipated keynote speaker for the upcoming December conference: Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, best known for her breakout role in the 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave. Six months later, I can tell you that her inspiring and insightful message was well worth the wait.

During her keynote, Nyong’o explored the opposing sides of her success: fear of failure as she reached for her dreams and new challenges that came with her amazing success. After sharing her own story of fear, confusion and self-discovery, Nyong’o offered her more than 10,000 listeners a list of seven “tools” derived from her own experience and learning: Read More

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Congratulations to This Year’s Be the Change Award Winner!

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

The Be The Change Award recognizes a Massachusetts woman who personifies compassion for her community and commitment to improving the everyday lives of those around her.

This year’s Be The Change Award recipient rises above and beyond in the realm of community service through her commitment to changing the lives of homeless women and their children. Since the founding of Brookview House in 1990, she has been providing this vulnerable population with a safe place to live and programs to build their self-esteem. She has been quietly succeeding in her quest to better the lives of these women and children so today, we would like to recognize our recipient in front of our entire community of women and shine a light on the work she has been doing over the past two decades.

The Massachusetts Conference for Women is pleased to present the 2014 Be the Change Award to Deborah Hughes, president and CEO, Brookview House

Deborah HughesDeborah Hughes has served as the Executive Director at Brookview House since 1993. She began working with Brookview House, Inc. during its formative stages, beginning in January 1991 as a consultant on program development, financial management, and fundraising.

Prior to her position at Brookview, Ms. Hughes was instrumental in development of the Roxbury Community College Foundation, serving five years as the Co-Director. She also served as the Development Director for the MA Coalition of Battered Women’s Service Groups and co-founded the Jane Doe Safety Fund.

Ms. Hughes serves on the Community Services Advisory Board for MassHousing, Roxbury Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and Facilities Advisory Committee for the Children’s Investment Fund. She is a founding member of the Dorchester Women’s Safety Network, Transition to Work Collaborative and Child Resource Specialist Initiative. Ms. Hughes is a member of the Commonwealth Institute Nonprofit Forum, The Partnership, and Tedx Roxbury Women Planning Committee.

In 1990, Brookview had an innovative idea that offering housing coupled with support services for both moms and kids would get families out of the revolving door of homelessness. The innovative idea that started with sixteen moms and children has proven to be successful.

Brookview House provides services to more than 350 moms and children per year with 92% leaving the ranks of homelessness permanently. In 1996, Brookview created the first youth development program targeting homeless school-age children. This model transforms how we nurture, educate and engage homeless school-age youth. Brookview collaborates with local universities and the MA Department of Early Education & Care to serve more than 250 youth per year. These youth stay in school and thrive, and 88% graduate high school.

Thank you, Deborah, for your dedication to homeless women and their children through your work at Brookview House, and for giving them the opportunity to “Be The Change” in their own lives!

For more information, please contact Deborah Hughes at [email protected] or 617-265-2965, and visit the website at BrookviewHouse.org.

Many thanks to our panel of judges who participated in the review and selection of the 2014 Massachusetts Conference for Women Be The Change Award Recipient

Jessica Anderson, Director, Community Involvement, EMC Corporation; Brenda Andrade, Human Resources Officer, State Street Corporation;

Lisa Buffington, Vice President, US Communications, EMD Serono; and Jill Larsen, Vice President of Human Resources – Strategic Talent Acquisition, Cisco Systems.

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Meet the 2014 Share Your Story Winner

Sampson, ImanieWe’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Share Your Story contest: Boston high school students Imanie Sampson (pictured) and Andrea Novelle-Ruddy, who submitted a video on behalf of Boston Community Leadership Academy, where they are students.

With her inspiring tribute to the ripple effect of women helping women, Imanie has won $1,000, 10 speaker-authored books, and an entire table at this year’s Conference for her school.

Her video was featured on the main stage on December 4th, just before she and Andrea had the privilege of introducing keynote speaker Lupita Nyong’o. Now you can watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/816RLNV33l0

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2014 Conference Attendees: Free Rides with Uber

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Sign up for Uber with the promo code MassWomen and your first 2 rides are free up to $20! (Not Valid on Taxi). Once you have downloaded the app, simply create an account at http://www.uber.com/go/MassWomen and login with the account information you created. This offer is available to new users only.

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