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January 25, 2013

Finding Heroes

Posted by Jackie Korhonen (View Profile | View All Posts) at 5:45 PM

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World Economic Forum 2013: Impressions  [Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldeconomicforum]

Sometimes when you travel, you hear news from home you might have missed in your everyday life. This week I read an interesting article about my local library in Manly, a suburb Sydney, that made me think about leadership.

It made me think about how we choose our heroes. A recent  ranking of the most admired Australian women was topped by two Olympians and a number of celebrities. Of course, it is natural to admire the discipline, focus and resilience that drives many great athletes.

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January 23, 2013

Strategy for Gender Equality: Educate our Sons

Posted by Jackie Korhonen (View Profile | View All Posts) at 1:01 PM

Global figures like Kofi Anan and Shashi Tharoor tell us that, perhaps, the single most powerful tool for improving the world is educating women and girls. Summing up a large body of evidence ranging from health outcomes to economic productivity, Tharoor concludes, "If you educate a boy, you educate a person; but if you educate a girl, you educate a family and benefit an entire community."

Like many female executives, I'm often asked how to increase women's participation and advancement in business.  Increasingly I am convinced the answer is, educate boys.

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