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According to Gallup associates, 55% of Americans have no preference about the gender of their boss, and men (68%) are more likely than women (44%) to lack preference.


"Just as the percentage of employed Americans working for a female boss hasn't changed much in recent years, women remain scarce in upper management levels. In June, Fortune reported that 32 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are women. While this marks the highest proportion of female CEOs in the history of the Fortune 500, there is clearly room for more women to enter top management tiers at America's largest corporations. In fact, Gallup research has found that workers with female bosses are more engaged than those with male bosses."


I never thought about the gender of my prospective boss when I was searching for my next position. However I wonder why people with female bosses are more engaged. Anyone who has experience or perspective that they can share...  


Source:  Americans No Longer Prefer Male Boss to Female Boss

"Even though today's work and life reality is more flexible than you think, managing our day-to-day in a 24/7 economy can still be a challenge. As the founder of Flex+Strategy Group, a growing business that helps create a flexible work culture for clients, and as a woman with two kids and a husband, I face the same array of seemingly endless choices many other women encounter: Where and when do I finish this presentation most productively? When will I be able to attend one of my daughter's field-hockey games? When can I get a haircut? Then there are bigger life transitions, like the pregnancy that caused one of my clients, a rising star at an investment bank who loved her job, to question her ability to have a career and a family. But the truth is, whether we work in an office or remotely, full-time or on a project basis, in-person or online, creatively rethinking how, when, and where we get our jobs done can offer countless opportunities for extraordinary women to turn what can feel like obstacles into triumphs."


Read More at An Expert Tells You How to Turn Your Career Challenges Into Opportunities


Although I do not believe not only women, also men faces the challenge of balancing family and work, I wonder how many organizations recognizes that work+life is no longer a perk or benefit, but more a strategic business imperative.


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"Women and men both view sponsorship by senior leaders as essential for success. Yet women report fewer substantive interactions with senior leaders than their male counterparts do—and this gap widens as women and men advance. In the same vein, women are less likely to say that a senior leader outside their direct management chain has helped them get a promotion or challenging new assignment.


This disparity may be caused—or even compounded—by differences in women’s and men’s professional networks. Women are three times more likely to rely on a network that is mostly female. Because men typically hold more senior-level positions, this means women are less likely to get access to people with the clout to open doors for them."


Can't wait for the 2017 study, but if you would like to read the 2016 Women in the Workplace Report by Lean In (McKinsey & Company)

Read the original article at


"So I had to learn that if I wanted to be good at my job, I had to put myself out there, because business is an extroverted activity. It was really hard. I'd get nervous. You have to get yourself psyched for it. I said to myself, "It's holding me back. I don't want to be held back. I've got to take it one step at a time." So I'd meet one new person. The next day I'd try to meet two new people."

Wanted to share this great piece about Madam C.J. Walker - who is orphaned at age 8, married at 14, and widowed at 20 with a daughter to raise, became a millionaire entrepreneur in the Deep South at the turn of a century.

The Amazing Life of One of America’s Earliest Black, Female Entrepreneurs - News - Harvard Business School

Interesting read, an interview with Kat Cole, who is the group president at Focus Brands, formerly president of Cinnabon. She talks about how she chose humility over courage when she took over Cinnabon. It makes me think how often we question the current processes and plans that are in action within our organizations and clients. Do we choose not to question others because we don't want to disrespect them? How do you progress without questioning the status quo?


You can read the article at The Biggest Mistake I Made At Work: Kat Cole

I recently read an article on It was an email that is around time management strategy by a Googler. It talked about two paradigms to scheduling - the manager - 30 minute intervals -  and the maker - half day or full day blocks. I am a maker, a consultant that has clients in different time zone and various meetings. I have the best intentions to take this to heart but not sure how I will actually do it. But it doesn't hurt to try.


I wanted to share this article with the hopes that it will help you with your time management.

Here is the article: Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy


2 year old article, but still relevant. The one point that stood to me is the second generation gender bias.

"Most women are unaware of having personally been victims of gender discrimination and deny it even when it is objectively true and they see that women in general experience it."


You can read the article on: Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers 

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Sexist Job Description?

Posted by Asliahn Ayan Nov 23, 2015

Vestra Inet's Linkedin Page is accumulating some unintended attention from users, including several who point out that the posting is probably illegal.Although they posted an apology later and removed the job posting, It makes me wonder what it is like to work for them. I am one of the lucky ones that did not experience such sexism in my career, but curious about others' experiences.


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Asliahn Ayan

Do we give up early?

Posted by Asliahn Ayan Oct 14, 2015

I received an article written by Jeniffer Lawrence thru In the article Jennifer Lawrence talked about how "being liked" influenced her negotiation decision. She did not wanted to be seen "difficult" or "spoiled".


"It’s hard for me to speak about my experience as a working woman because I can safely say my problems aren’t exactly relatable. When the Sony hack happened and I found out how much less I was being paid than the lucky people with dicks, I didn’t get mad at Sony. I got mad at myself. I failed as a negotiator because I gave up early. I didn’t want to keep fighting over millions of dollars that, frankly, due to two franchises, I don’t need. (I told you it wasn’t relatable, don’t hate me)."  - Jennifer Lawrence is an Academy Award–winning actress.


This is a concerning issue to me. Not only for salary negotiation, but everytime I try to give my opinion, I contemplate what tone should I use to be heard without appearing aggressive. Does any men worry about it? Are we as women conditioned to behave this way? How do we change that? 



"Over the years, I’ve reflected on this experience, and I cringe each time. We like to blame a male-dominated corporate culture for the lack of support for working mothers, but when we’re given the chance to change the tide (or at least tweak its direction), we often look at how situations affect us at the moment, rather than how to make things more manageable for our future selves, and perhaps our daughters and granddaughters."


Read the article at Firing a Single Mother Is My Biggest Regret as a Manager

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How To End The "Office Housework" Gender Bias | Fast Company | Business + Innovation 

More women than men get stuck taking notes at meetings or planning office parties. Here's why it matters and how to change it.