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Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is author of the new book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School and co-president of Women's Roadmap. Follow her on Twitter at @NextGenWomen.

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TV perpetuates old boys club

In a realm where women are welcomed as entertainment, it seems being female and an authority still makes people uncomfortable.

By Selena Rezvani | February 25, 2011; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (8)

Where are men in the work/life conversation?

Many businesses today are making "allowances" for women, without framing flexibility as a total workforce issue and showing its benefits to all workers. This trend persists despite considerable research that shows positive support, regardless of gender, for more flexible work arrangements.

By Selena Rezvani | February 4, 2011; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (30)

What makes a 'Best Workplace'? (Hint: It has to do with women)

Perhaps the secret sauce of a truly inclusive workplace isn't overly complex. Best companies find ways to "join up" with employees' lifestyle realities, rather than just tolerating them. What's more, they know that what can be especially positive for underrepresented groups tends to be good for everyone.

By Selena Rezvani | January 21, 2011; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

A glass ceiling, by any other name...

What does a typical micro-inequity look like? Imagine pitching your services to a man and woman working at the same company, and giving your eye contact--and attention--to the man. This happens, in part, because people assume that the man is more senior or more of a decision maker.

By Selena Rezvani | January 11, 2011; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (30)

Not a risk taker? Then chances are you're a woman

Girls learn about risk differently. Risky behavior, girls are told, is dangerous. For many young women, perfection is the more popular state for which to strive. Being simultaneously popular, a top student and pretty becomes a recipe for greatness. As you get older, this ideal morphs into Superwoman syndrome--the pressure to be that strange creature...

By Selena Rezvani | December 20, 2010; 06:21 PM ET | Comments (10)

Progress deferred on equal pay for women

Progress created by the Ledbetter Act was hamstrung last month by the failed passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The National Organization for Women explains that the act would have deterred wage discrimination by diminishing workarounds in the law and by minimizing retaliation against workers who disclose their wages.

By Selena Rezvani | December 3, 2010; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

How it can pay off for women to work abroad

While women are increasingly taking the international route, support structures have not necessarily caught up. A study by Mercer Human Resource Consulting showed that female expatriates are more likely than males to leave their partners at home when on assignment and are less likely than their male counterparts to have a partner prior to going on assignment.

By Selena Rezvani | November 12, 2010; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Fighting gender fatigue

At a time when companies are looking for any unturned stone to improve their financials, it seems like idiocy not to leverage women. Study after study documents that companies with more gender-balanced leadership teams see better financial results. And yet even in this economy, we find ourselves at a standstill. If the inclusion argument was not enough of a reason to increase women's proportion, I thought surely the business case would get CEOs' attention.

By Selena Rezvani | October 29, 2010; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (24)

Why do women hate negotiating?

Women initiate negotiations four times less often than their male counterparts. Women also report "a great deal of apprehension" about negotiation--at a rate 2.5 times more than men, according to the research of Carnegie Mellon's Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. One data point from Babcock and Laschever's research, which appears simple on its face, is even more striking. When asked to pick metaphors that represent the practice of negotiating, women most often selected "going to the dentist" while men more often chose "a ballgame" or "a wrestling match."

By Selena Rezvani | October 15, 2010; 01:09 PM ET | Comments (33)

Afraid of average

Best paid. Most powerful. Top influencer. Lots of publications churn out lists and rankings of impressive women. These grown-up honor rolls sell magazines and get lots of hits in the social-media universe, whether showcasing women's power in terms of hierarchy or paychecks. It seems we love a good competition, especially one that culminates in a tidy inventory of prowess. But while impressive to read through, the average woman feels like there's a grand canyon separating her from the leaders profiled in these rankings.

By Selena Rezvani | October 1, 2010; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (17)

What's next for Gen Y women?

That the daughters of the feminist revolution are primed to balance the leadership ranks is an understatement. They represent a path to correcting women's low representation in top echelons of government. And what group, if not Gen Y women, is the answer to Fortune 500 boards and management teams becoming more gender balanced? Between their education and outlook, Gen Y women seem to be the answer.

By Selena Rezvani | September 17, 2010; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (9)

Are Women's Colleges Still Needed?

As is the case with all "seven sisters", Barnard also has a mysterious air about it. Are its students drawn to the school because it's renowned academically and happens to be all female―or because it's a women's-only college that just happens to be excellent academically? Is it the balance and exact combination of the two that magnetizes others?

By Selena Rezvani | September 3, 2010; 09:14 AM ET | Comments (26)

Getting Women's Networks Right

Let's face it: corporate women's networks don't have the best reputation. These developmental forums for women―called affinity groups, diversity councils or employee resource groups (ERGs)―are all too often typecast as social hours. Even the best laid plans at many companies have left male and female employees seeing women's ERGs as less-than-credible gatherings where the meaty issues go unaddressed.

By Selena Rezvani | August 20, 2010; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore: 'Be a student of yourself'

"Sometimes when your strengths are overlooked within your immediate organization, you need outsiders to affirm your talents. This is especially important from a networking perspective, because often times your employer will respect you more when they see that other outside groups respect you."

By Selena Rezvani | August 6, 2010; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Even in the pink ghetto, women fall behind

'So we're putting all the front-end work into building these nonprofits, raising money and building the board, so that men can take them over when they're finally running smoothly?'

By Selena Rezvani | July 23, 2010; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (26)

'Be prepared to give everything'

"You will exceed your highest goals if you love your work and your field. Figure out what your special traits are and what it is that you enjoy, and be prepared to give everything."

By Selena Rezvani | July 9, 2010; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

From 'Pretty Little Liars' to future women leaders?

Here's the message these TV shows send: As a young woman, your best bet is to conform socially, obsess about your body to the point of self loathing, and leverage rumor and hearsay as a means to damage others and gain power.

By Selena Rezvani | June 25, 2010; 01:31 PM ET | Comments (25)

On her own terms

"Women grow tired of over-working in the corporate world without the same rewards they see their male peers getting."

By Selena Rezvani | June 10, 2010; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (4)

For women, it's really lonely at the top

The higher a woman goes in her career, the more likely it is that she's without a spouse and children. The more successful a man is however, the more probable it is he has a family. And that's not by choice.

By Selena Rezvani | May 28, 2010; 01:33 AM ET | Comments (83)

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