Women in Business Wednesdays: March 25, 2015

Women in Business Wednesdays: With women holding only 1 in 20 (5%) of CEO positions globally, new research suggests that it could take a century or more to reach gender parity in top management positions. Can’t wait that long for a wage similar to a man’s with equal talents, do your research, know your worth, and negotiate effectively.

Women in Business Wednesdays: March 18, 2015

Women in Business Wednesdays: From the little league dugouts to the corner offices for multi-million dollar organizations, sports are still not a place where women are often seen rising to leadership. This week, we highlight a thought provoking piece written by former New York Mets VP Leigh Castergine, who went through a lengthy legal battle regarding gender discrimination. Read Leigh’s CNN.com editorial on why sports need women in management. This information was brought to you by the Women’s Business Council.

Women in Business Wednesdays: March 11, 2015

Women in Business Wednesdays: Did you know that there are 594,492 women-owned businesses in New York? Many of these women-owned companies are small businesses. New York State has made it a priority to remove barriers in state contracting. Read more about women-owned businesses and small business statistics on New York State Small Business Development Center website.  This information was brought to you by the Women’s Business Council. 

Women in Business Wednesdays: March 4, 2015

Women in Business Wednesdays: Women are becoming more proactive and self-initiating in building strategic networks, more assertive in promoting themselves and their capabilities, and acting from a position of strength and self-worth when negotiating for higher compensation and better positions. This was a key finding from the 2014 Women of Influence Report sponsored by Thomson Reuters, which surveyed 326 senior executive women across North America on how they perceive and define their strengths and weaknesses. Read more in the Solutions to Women’s Advancement whitepaper. This information was brought to you by the Women’s Business Council.

What is St. Paul’s Center?

It’s official! The Women’s Business Council’s Adopted Nonprofit for 2015 is St. Paul’s Center. The nonprofit was chosen from a large pool of worthy organizations.

The concept for St. Paul’s Center began in 2001 when St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rensselaer merged with St.Timothy’s Lutheran Church in North Greenbush. Faced with the decision of what to do with a 100-year-old building in the inner city, a task force learned that shelter beds for homeless women and children were the most critical unmet need in the county and voted unanimously to donate the building to the project.

With grant money, the building was renovated into a 19-bed shelter for women and children and opened its doors in October 2006. The Center has become an important link in the homeless services community. Since 2006, it has assisted more than 400 families.

Throughout 2015, the WBC will raise money for the Center at its programs and its signature event – the WBC Holiday Fundraiser in December. The Center and the WBC will collaborate during the year on other opportunities to generate donations.