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 →


When Pantene released a video examining the way women overuse the word “sorry,” it got the public talking about the power of language and how women are so quick to apologize for things that aren’t their fault. Whether it’s habit or learned behavior, many women use this five-letter word as a way to appear softer and more likeable — especially in the workplace. But is it time for women to stop apologizing so much? “Sorry is a crutch — a tyrannical lady-crutch,” according to a Time article. “It’s a space filler, a hedge, a way to politely ask for something without offending.” According to another Boston GlobeRead More →


Effective leaders frequently exude an identifiable style. Female leaders are often known for their ability to listen and multitask, while their male counterparts are praised for being strong and aggressive. But do valuable leadership qualities stem from gender or are they developed over time from life experiences? In a recent Forbes article, Lisa Serwin, CEO at AppMedicin, makes an argument for the latter and expresses her concern “that media—not to mention we the reader—may be trivializing things a bit when we laud the ‘womanly’ style of a female CEO.” In fact, genders often agree on the qualities needed to be a successful leader. According toRead More →


The second installment of our Women Powering Technology series features: Evelyn Miraglia, Senior Manager, Business Continuity at Coach. A former UNIX production engineer, Miraglia currently specializes in business continuity management, business continuity planning, crisis management and disaster recovery planning for the New York-based luxury leather goods company. She has 19 years of experience in information management, information systems and technology within various industries, including  financial, pharmaceutical, healthcare, government, insurance and retail. -Kimberly Fahey, Vice President, Global Client Solutions at Randstad. KF: Tell me more about your career path in IT industry? What changes have you witnessed over the past few decades regarding the representation of women in the male-dominatedRead 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 →


Women Powering Business is pleased to introduce “Women Powering Technology,” a six-part series that takes a closer look at the lack of female representation in the IT industry. Topics in the series will include: What impact does the gender gap have on the IT industry overall? What’s the origin of the gender gap? How can tech companies attract and retain female talent? What are some barriers that women in tech face? The Women Powering Technology series will feature female executives who will offer their insight and advice on this trend. -Kimberly Fahey, Vice President, Global Client Solutions at Randstad   Our first installment features Alisia Genzler, ViceRead More →


Time and time again, we as women are told that in order to rise to leadership positions, we have to be tough. That means being assertive, bold and most importantly – keeping our emotions in check. When it comes to crying at work, most people view such emotional displays as career setbacks, but Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer who is reshaping the conversation about women in the workplace through her bestseller Lean In – offers a different approach. A recent Daily Beast article titled “The Perks of Crying at Work” mentions that Sandberg thinks it’s okay to cry on the job. An excerpt:Read More →


The New York Times recently asked readers to share advice for young women in the workplace. More than 500 responses followed, with insights ranging from how to be a leader and taking risks to negotiating salary and finding mentors.  Some highlights: Strive to be the person that people count on. Don’t just sit at the table; talk at the table! Make it a point to contribute at least once in every meeting you attend. To stand out and excel, especially as a woman in the business world, you need to lead. Keep track of your accomplishments. Don’t brush them off; write them down and addRead 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 →