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How the “what’s your current salary?” question hurts the gender pay gap

In 2015 we added 8,214 employees to Google. And the women we hired, on average, received a 30 percent bigger salary increase upon joining the company, compared to men. Does that sound fair to you? Study after study demonstrates that women are paid less than men in the United States. Equal Pay Day, three weeks ago, marked the […]

What hiring managers can learn from the NFL draft

For even the casual football fan, Gatorade's new commercial tribute to former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is pretty moving. Launched online just before the start of the NFL draft Thursday, it features people from the recently retired Hall of Famer's life -- his brother, his father, his famous friends, as well as a number of former coaches and […]

A surprising number of investors voted for a gender pay gap measure at eBay

This proxy season, the investor Arjuna Capital targeted a handful of tech companies with a resolution: Commit to preparing a report by later this year about your policies and goals for reducing the gender pay gap. After five of themShow More Summary

Not sure how to recognize your employees? Try giving them your time

This Sunday kicks off the congressionally designated Public Service Recognition Week, a time when agency leaders and managers should take the opportunity to praise and reenergize federal employees who make our country better in so many ways, but who too often are taken for granted. The messages, events and award ceremonies that will take place during […]

Why Hillary Clinton’s goal of a half-female cabinet really matters

One of the earliest meme-tastic moments for Justin Trudeau, the yoga-posing, quantum computing-explaining, wheelchair-assisting Canadian prime minister, was the image of his gender-split, racially diverse cabinet. Making good on an earlier promise, Trudeau introduced a cabinet in November that had 15 men and 15 women. Show More Summary

Chobani’s CEO is giving up to 10 percent of his company to employees

Greek yogurt is known for being rich in flavor and protein. Now, some employees at Chobani could become rich themselves. On Tuesday, founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya announced that he would be giving all of his 2,000 full-time workers awards that could be worth up to 10 percent of the privately held company's future value if it becomes public or […]

The women’s suffrage leaders missing from the redesigned $10 bill

When Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced last week that Harriet Tubman would be placed on the front of a redesigned $20 bill, and that there would be changes to the back of the $5 and $10 bill, many cheered. The back of the new $10 will depict the March of 1913, when suffragists ended a parade in support of […]

What made Lincoln such a great leader?

The Presidential podcast has just hit a milestone—we've made it to episode 16, which is all about Abraham Lincoln. Beginning in January of 2016, we have been releasing one episode per week on the American presidency, starting with George Washington and working our way chronologically through history. This week's episode focuses on Lincoln's love and gift for […]

Prince was an icon — with his own flair for leadership

As the many eulogies and remembrances of Prince rolled in Thursday, the towering pop star -- in influence if not in physical stature -- was called a "certified genius" by The Who's Pete Townshend. A "true innovator and a singular artist" by Apple CEO Tim Cook. A "creative icon" by President Obama. He was also, in his way, […]

One question about Marissa Mayer and Yahoo’s sale that has been answered

Embattled Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer shared details Tuesday about the Internet company's deteriorating quarterly results, yet the big question on the minds of investors remained unanswered: Now that a reported deadline for bids to buy the company has passed, who will end up winning? But last week, one question about Mayer and Yahoo did come clear: If a sale takes place and […]

Only one woman was named CEO of a major company in North America in 2015

Just four percent of S&P 500 CEOs are women. Only 19 percent of those companies' board members are women. Yet even among the discouraging stats about the number of women in corporate leadership roles, this one stands out: Exactly one of the 87 new CEOs named to lead the largest public companies in the United States or Canada in 2015 was a woman, according to a new […]

What CEOs of Washington’s biggest companies made in 2015

In 2014, CEOs at the largest companies in Washington, D.C., saw the value of their pay jump more than 15 percent, higher than nearly any other metropolitan area in the nation. But in 2015, some restraint appears to have taken hold within the...Show More Summary

Silicon Valley mourns its ‘coach,’ former Intuit CEO Bill Campbell

Just a month after former Intel CEO and chairman Andy Grove died, Silicon Valley has lost another legend. Bill Campbell, a former CEO and chairman of Intuit and a longtime Apple board member, has died, according to a family statement reported by Bloomberg. Show More Summary

What happened when ‘Fake Steve Jobs’ went to work for a real software company

Nine months after Dan Lyons got laid off as a tech editor at Newsweek, he responded to a LinkedIn ad for a job at HubSpot, a Boston-based marketing software company. Discouraged by opportunities in journalism and intrigued by the idea of working inside the tech industry he'd long covered (or mocked -- Lyons was unmasked as the author of the popular satirical blog […]

James Buchanan: The bachelor and the bloodshed

The newest episode of the Presidential podcast explores the American presidency on the eve of civil war. Historians Jean Baker and Jim Loewen guide our exploration of James Buchanan's time in the White House, between 1857 and 1861. They discuss how Buchanan's bachelorhood affected his leadership, why many historians now think he may have been homosexual, and […]

‘Star Wars’ meets the C-suite: This CEO’s hologram is beaming into meetings

Busy globe-trotting CEOs often complain they can't be in two places at one time. But last week, Accenture CEO Pierre Nanterme was -- at least digitally. On Monday, Nanterme went to an Accenture broadcast studio in Paris, where he is based, and in a moment that seems more Star Wars than C-suite, had his image beamed to suburban Chicago, where 500 […]

Microsoft and Facebook tout equal pay — but there’s a more glaring problem

Facebook and Microsoft both said they pay men and women virtually the same in announcements made on the eve of Equal Pay Day, which marks how long into the new year women have to keep working to catch up to what men were paid last year. As is common, the companies are comparing men and women who […]

Pat McCrory and the problem with leadership half-steps

On Tuesday, Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) took a step back from his state's controversial new law, which blocked local anti-discrimination rules and limited bathroom options for people who are transgender. Or, as many of his critics saw it, a half-step. Show More Summary

Franklin Pierce: Rolling off the tracks

The newest episode of the Presidential podcast explores the presidency of Franklin Pierce and his role in the country's progression toward civil war. James McPherson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom, guides our exploration of Pierce's tenure in the White House, between 1853 and 1857; along with Edna Greene Medford, who chairs Howard […]

How the acquisition process can actually encourage government innovation

Ask any federal leader about their top frustrations in the federal government, and more often than not, you will hear about a set of broken management systems involving acquisition, human resources and information technology. (Just to name a few.) The frustrations are real, but sometimes made worse by urban legends that hold leaders back from […]

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