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Career-Long Resources For WOMEN Unlimited Alumnae

Rosina Racioppi

Rosina Racioppi, CEO, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc.

It’s the goal of WOMEN Unlimited to ensure that leadership development begins, doesn’t end, with our programs. To fulfill that goal, we have a vibrant and active alumnae network for our program graduates called The WUN. This blog features an interview with the Program Manager of our alumnae initiatives, Susan Kendrick

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Highlights of the HCI 2017 Inclusive Diversity Conference

I recently had the pleasure of attending and speaking at HCI’s 2017 Inclusive Diversity Conference, which was attended by over 300 professionals committed to advancing gender parity.

This was HCI’s first conference on the topic of diversity and inclusion and was the direct result of requests from their members. It’s very much in synch with the renewed focus on gender parity which we are hearing about from our corporate partners.

I am pleased to share an overview of my presentation along with four others that resonated with me. Continue Reading

Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business

March is Women’s History Month. For all of us involved in advancing gender parity across corporations, this year’s theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is especially meaningful.

In line with the theme, “The National Women’s History Project” is honoring 13 women, past and present who have “defied the social mores of their times by demonstrating women’s ability to create organizations and establish their own businesses that paved the way for better working conditions for themselves and other women.” It’s a truly inspiring group of women. I urge you to take a look. Continue Reading

How Companies Go Astray in Identifying High-Potential Talent

As followers of my blogs know, from time to time, I comment on articles that impact gender parity and discuss how the points covered can help advance female talent.

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review, Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman caught my eye.
The authors point out the disparity between those chosen for high potential (HIPO) programs, supposedly those in the top 5% of their organization, versus how they fare once they are in the programs. Using the proven 360-degree leadership measurement methodology for assessment, Zenger and Folkman found that over 42% of the 1,964 employees in the tracked programs rated below average in leadership effectiveness. Continue Reading

IMpower: Amplifying IMpact

It’s been just about a year and a half since we launched IMpower: Grow the Talent that Will Grow Your Company, our program for developing emerging female talent.

With 18 months of Corporate Partner and IMpower graduate feedback, we have solid evidence that IMpower is a resounding success, amplifying the impact of female talent across a broad spectrum of organizations and industries. Our participants are telling us that. Their managers are telling us that. Their corporations are showing us that. Continue Reading

Amplifying Impact

As we begin our 23rd year helping organizations create a sustainable pipeline of female talent, we at WOMEN Unlimited will be expanding the ways in which we work with corporations to “amplify their impact. “

What exactly does “amplify impact” mean?

It means organizations involve all key players including HR leaders, managers, mentors, C-suite executives and of course, high potential women themselves to make greater inroads in achieving sustainable gender parity. To help organizations accomplish that goal, WOMEN Unlimited will be: Continue Reading

2016—“It Was A Very Good Year” for WOMEN Unlimited

I’ve always loved that Sinatra classic.

I’m happy to say the title nicely defines how 2016 shaped up for us at WOMEN Unlimited, our corporate partners, their participants in our programs, and the managers and the mentors who support them.

It was a very busy year as well, with a number of changes, enhancements and innovations that have been very favorably received by the management community. Here’s a look at some of the year’s highlights. Continue Reading

The Community Designing Technology Needs to Be As Broad and Diverse As the Community Consuming It!

I am pleased to share with you Heidi Musser’s experiences and insights on diversity in STEM. She is a long-time advocate for gender parity.

Her viewpoints on why diversity is not taking hold in STEM very much align with what we at WOMEN Unlimited see across companies and industries, especially regarding unconscious bias, failure to measure results, and the need for top management to set the tone company-wide.   Dr. Rosina L. Racioppi, President & CEO, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc.

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Election ’16 – Moving Forward: A Corporate Perspective

It’s been one week since Election Day and we’ve all had a chance to sit back, take a breath and look at where we go from here, whatever our political affiliations, whatever our points of view.

I’d like to spend a little time focusing specifically on how we as individuals within a corporation can successfully move forward and help ourselves and others look to new opportunities for growth and development. Continue Reading

Performance vs. Potential: Time to break the cycle

Once again, research and reality confirm an unhappy obstacle on the road to gender parity:
Women have to prove they can succeed in a position before they are promoted to it; while men are often promoted based on their perceived potential. Continue Reading