The fifth installment of our Women Powering Technology series features Helen Drinan, President of Simmons College, a Boston-based, private women’s college established in 1899. She is the eighth President of Simmons College and the former Chair of the Simmons College Board of Trustees. Previously, Drinan was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Caritas Christi Health Care. She also served as President and CEO of the Society of Human Resources Management and as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for BankBoston. In 2001, she was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources, and in 2007 she received the John D. Erdlen Five StarRead More →


The fourth installment of our Women Powering Technology series features Chandelle Fairley, Managing Director, Randstad Technologies, which takes a closer look at the challenges of recruiting women in technology. Chandelle joined Randstad Technologies in 2009 and has over 17 years experience in the recruitment industry.  Starting as an account executive, she was promoted to Managing Director for the Atlanta-based Randstad Technologies office in July 2013. Chandelle is a multi-year President’s Club winner, was named the 2012 Producer of the year and has been a top producer throughout her tenure at Randstad.  Chandelle has experienced great success in this industry through developing solid relationships with her clients internally andRead More →


The third installment of our Women Powering Technology series features Pam Stenson, President of the CIO Executive Council. She is charged with growing a community of the senior-most IT leaders across the world for the purpose of harnessing their thought leadership to evolve the IT profession. Pam manages the Council team to ensure world-class service delivery, sets the strategic direction of the organization, and works intimately with the Council’s member leadership and board of advisors. Pam has over 20 years experience in IT and has been a valuable part of the Council team since February of 2007. Since being named the general manager in February of 2009,Read More →


The media attention surrounding The Confidence Code — a popular book written by journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman –has raised awareness around how working women may be holding themselves back from leadership positions due to their own lack of self-confidence. But where do Millennials fit in? Known for their ambition, self-awareness and high-education, do Millennial women (born between 1982 and 1994) fall prey to the confidence gap too? Baby Boomers Lean Back, Millennials Lean In According to Trang Chu at The Guardian, “While this may be true for a generation of Baby Boomers where women were taught to speak apologetically and lean back fromRead More →


A new “gap” has entered the conversation regarding women in the workplace. Sheryl Sandberg tackled the ambition gap in her book Lean In. The debate continues around the wage gap and how pay inequality impacts working women. And now, the confidence gap has become the new “it” term in the media. It’s based on a new book by journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman titled The Confidence Code,  which takes a closer look at why men are getting promoted faster, getting paid more and dominating positions of power at most companies today. According to Kay and Shipman, one of the main factors hindering women inRead More →


Women are taking on leadership roles and adding value at the top levels of organizations more than ever before – case and point, Marillyn Hewson, who was recently named the first female CEO of Lockheed Martin, one of the world’s largest defense contractors. So why is it that many of today’s organizations still find it a challenge to place qualified women in top positions – especially when research clearly shows that companies that demonstrate gender diversity at the executive level outperform their competitors? In my role at the nation’s third largest HR services and staffing company, I often hear from clients, candidates and our own employeesRead More →


Much of the recent discussion around women in the workplace has centered on pay inequality between men and women, with one popular statistic often cited: On average, women earn only 77 cents per dollar, compared to their male counterparts. But a new infographic from the website titled “Why Women Don’t Make Less Than Men” takes a closer look at that well-touted claim and examines five factors impacting pay inequality: occupations, positions, education, job tenure and hours worked per week. According to the infographic below, when you factor in those issues, the wage gap between men and women shrinks to a nickel, with women earningRead More →


For women looking to open the c-suite door, sponsors may hold the key. The topic of sponsors versus mentors and how they impact women in the workplace heated up in 2013 when a Manhattan-based female economist launched a two-year study on the topic, followed by a book titled “Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor.” Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President and CEO of the think tank Center for Talent Innovation, studied 12,000 men and women in white collar jobs across Britian and the United States and found that sponsorship beat mentorship when it comes to career progression – especially for women struggling to climb higher than middleRead More →


2014 started off as a great year for women in leadership, with the January announcement that Mary Barra was tapped as the new CEO for General Motors, making her the auto industry’s first female chief executive officer. To discuss this groundbreaking development, Randstad’s own Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Kelley recently appeared on Boston’s New England Cable News (NECN) to discuss Barra’s appointment and other ways companies can help women leaders advance to top levels in the workplace. Barra Tapped As CEO A “Legendary” Move During NECN’s nightly business show, Kelley discussed the importance of Barra’s highly visible new role as the top executive of oneRead More →


Imagine a business luncheon, with men and women professionals mingling about. One woman is at the table chatting with a hiring director about their shared love of traveling; another man is in the corner talking with the president of an IT company about his skill set and experience. Both of these professionals are looking for new jobs, but which method of networking is more efficient? According to a recent North Carolina State study of 12,000 employees nationwide, men were often recruited into a new job through their social contacts without having to look for a job, while women were no more likely to find aRead More →