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PreparedU: Want to Advance Women? Encourage Networking, Increase Mentorship, and Actively Sponsor Talented Women

On November 17, the Center for Women in Business at Bentley University and 2020 Women on Boards hosted a panel of senior executives to discuss the progression of women as corporate leaders. The discussion focused on how women and their employers need to be intentional in their efforts to overcome unconscious bias and gain the experience and visibility that will propel them as board candidates. 

By Alyssa Sweigard
December 2, 2016

Boston Business Journal: NEW HIRE: Deborah Pine, Executive Director, Center for Women and Business at Bentley University

Deb Pine will lead and provide strategic direction for the Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, whose efforts focus on helping corporations recruit, retain and advance women in the workplace through action steps and thought leadership.

April 29, 2016

 Fast Company: How Women And Minority Leaders Can Avoid The Glass Cliff

Companies are more likely to install women and minorities in leadership roles during a crisis—then give them the boot later.

By Sava Berhané
April 14, 2016

Fast Company: The Surprising, One-Size-Fits-All Solution To The Gender-Leadership Gap

Family priorities can't fully explain why women drop out of the talent pipeline disproportionately.

By Sava Berhané
March 2, 2016

Trish Foster, program director of Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business (CWB), believes that “Yes, work-life balance is important. Yet it should be seen as a gender-neutral concept that embraces the value of caregiving in our society and that applies to men as well as women.”

By Ivey DeJesus
February 18, 2016

Fast Company: Three Steps for Millennial Women to Build Trust at Work

Sava Berhane, of the CWB, discusses one reason for the gender leadership gap and obstacles women face when building trust with their managers.

By Sava Berhané
January 19, 2016

Boston Globe: Elite Business Group Needs to Add Diversity

“There is ample research showing that diversity in leadership leads to better results ranging from creativity and innovation, to the bottom line,” said Trish Foster, program director for The Center for Women and Business at Bentley University. “The partnership should be concerned about this.”

By Yvonne Abraham
January 13, 2016

Fast Company: 10 Expert Tips to be More Productive in 2016

Sava Berhané, of the CWB, has a simple solution for thinnning out a large network of people: "At the end of each quarter, I take stock of what relationships are producing results, productivity, and happiness in my life, and I look to double down on what’s working and cut the remaining fat judiciously," she says.

By Rich Bellis 
December 31, 2015

Fast Company: Three Survival Strategies for Women in Hostile Work Cultures

By one measure, nearly 66 million working Americans report experiencing or witnessing abusive conduct at work. Here are three strategies for professional women to survive in a hostile workplace.

By Sava Berhané
December 18, 2015

You Can Thank Millennials for This Important Change to the Workplace

The most important leadership lesson I’ve learned in the past year is that you must never stop learning to be a leader. As leaders, we need to be fluid and open to change. Millennials are changing the workplace for the better. We, as leaders, need to change along with it.

By Gloria Larson
December 17, 2015

Boston Globe: Women, Minorities Have Few Seats in Mass. Boardrooms

Bentley University President Gloria Larson, who currently sits on two corporate boards, says that companies need to consider tapping experienced professionals outside of the corner office. “If you only look for someone who is a CEO at another public company, you are going to find it hard to create diversity,” she said.

By Todd Wallack, Sacha Pfeiffer and Jessica Geller
December 3, 2015

Fast Company: How To Make Sure More Women Get on “HBR”’s Top CEO List In The Future

Sava Berhané, associate director of Bentley University’s Center for Women and Business (CWB), suggests that instead of simply clamoring to appoint more women to the helm, we need to support effective male leaders who don't have conventionally masculine leadership traits. "After all, the data suggests it's both men and women who need to include more stereotypically feminine qualities in their visions of leadership," she writes.

By Lydia Dishman
November 30, 2015

Fast Company: Three Ways to Tell if Your Company Supports Women of Color

Women of color still face far steeper odds for advancement in the workplace. Change begins with employers acknowledging that.

By Sava Berhané
November 17, 2015

Boston Globe: Five Things You Should Know About Gloria Cordes Larson

Gloria Cordes Larson, the President of Bentley University and named one of the most powerful people in Boston, reflects on her past and shares her advice for women in the workplace. She mentions the Center for Women and Business as a great resource for both students and working professionals.

By Deirdre Fernandes
October 23, 2015

Fast Company: How to Make Gender Equality at Work Matter to Everyone

Men have a role to play in changing workplace cultures to everyone’s advantage, not just women’s.

By Sava Berhané
October 23, 2015

Fortune: The Biggest Setback for Women in Corporate America: The 24/7 Workday

Female employees continue to face real challenges when it comes to workplace success — but they aren’t alone.

By Betsy Myers
October 6, 2015 10 Useful Skills That Will Improve Your Life

“On the other side of positive self-talk is negative self-talk, which Betsy Myers believes can slowly chip away at your confidence.”

By Rachel Gillett
September 25, 2015


Business Insider: Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer is a Symbol for American Working Mothers, Whether She Likes It or Not

“She’s really cutting some new road here, and I think it’s really exciting.” – Betsy Myers

By Rachel Gillett
September 2, 2015

Fast Company: Why Women Need Career Sponsors More Than Mentors

Talented women need more than just the advice and encouragement of a professional mentor.

By Sava Berhané
August 28, 2015

Mashable: 5 Ways Women Can Help Women Succeed in the Workplace

When discussing how it can be tempting to compete with other women, Patricia Foster adds, “Women should make an active decision not to engage in that competition and support one another.”

By Samantha Cooney
August 26, 2015

Entrepreneur: 5 Tips for Tackling Your Fears While You’re Getting Ahead

Gloria Larson shares some great advice, and explains how "...tackling the fear head-on is the key to overcoming it -- instead of letting it overcome you."

By Gloria Larson
August 13, 2015

Washington Post: A Gender-Equity Club, Run By Men

Bentley Management Professor Susan Adams discusses how men can speed up the gender equality movement in the corporate world.

By Jena McGregor
August 10, 2015


Forbes: Political Savvy: The Missing Link to Women’s Advancement

Betsy Myers offers input on how to overcome gender bias, saying, “I think you have to be conscious of how you come across. You have to watch for what’s going on around you – that you can’t just operate; you can’t just do your work. There’s a bigger picture….”

By Bonnie Marcus
July 15, 2015

Fast Company: 4 Ways For Millennial Women To Prepare For Leadership Roles

Millennial women are set to take on unprecedented leadership positions. Here's how to prep for them.

By Sava Berhané
June 29, 2015

Fast Company: What U.S. Companies Can Learn from Scandinavia

Susan Adams writes what she learned about the impact of social and public policy on women’s professional development after a visit to Sweden and Denmark.

By Susan Adams
June 11, 2015 

Business Insider: 10 Skills That Are Hard to Learn but Pay Off Forever

When thinking about the opposite of positive self-talk, Betsy Myers highlights the idea that negative self-talk “…can chip away at your confidence.”

By Rachel Gillett
June 10, 2015

Boston Globe: A Beacon for Working Women, Sheryl Sandberg’s Loss Reverberates Far Outside the Valley

Janelle Nanos describes the obstacles real life successful women in their 30s still face. It is important at any age that you rely on those close to you during difficult times.

By Susan Adams
June 7, 2015 The Glass Ceiling Still Looms in Mass.

Women have not made as much progress in cracking the glass ceiling as they should have; the numbers are startling.  A cultural shift is necessary to help grow the ranks of women in business.

By Sanjay Salomon
June 7, 2015 

Fortune: How Men Can Step Up and Help Women Get Ahead At Work

Gloria Larson writes about how “Male executives have a unique opportunity to help advance women in the workplace.”

By Gloria Larson
May 19, 2015


Fast Company: 5 Things You’ll Learn When You Veer Off A Traditional Career Path

There’s a lot to be said about taking the road less traveled. Here’s what you can learn from a non-traditional career path.

By Susan Adams
May 18, 2015 

Business Insider: Stop Apologizing, Learn to Say 'No,' and 7 More Tips for Women's Success at Work

Life is busy. Work is busy. Our minds are busy. Saying no gives us permission to manage our time by eliminating the clutter of unnecessary obligations. We live in a culture that glorifies busy so it is no wonder that we can easily mistake activity for progress.

By Betsy Myers
May 4, 2015 

Fortune: Why Women Need to Stop Holding Back at Work

Gloria Larson shares key insights on how rejection can help spur opportunities.

By Gloria Larson
April 8, 2015

Fast Company: How Couples Can Stay Married, Change Diapers, and Keep Both Jobs

Having it all means different things to different couples. These tips will help you establish your own description.

By Susan Adams
April 2, 2015 

Fast Company: The Right Ways to Bring Diversity to Your Business

Companies do not realize nor take the time to explore the rewards they can get by embracing diversity.  They can only achieve it if they go about it a certain way.

By Susan Adams
March 5, 2015 

Huffington Post Blog: Women in Business Q&A: Betsy Myers, Founding Director, Centre for Women and Business, Bentley University

Betsy Myers answers important questions about leadership, mentorship and work/life balance. She gives insightful tips for women who are seeking a professional, business centered career.

By Laura Dunn
February 7, 2015 

Fast Company: How Your Board’s Personality Dictates Your Gender Diversity

Are women not qualified to be on the board or does the board simply not want women on it? Susan Adams explains the answer to this question in this article.

By Susan Adams
February 4, 2015 

The MetroWest Daily News: Governor, Bentley celebrate ‘Corporate Challenge' milestone, set new goal

In October, Gov. Deval Patrick issued a charge for 100 companies, by the end of the year, to join a “Corporate Challenge” to advance women in the workplace. Two months later the Governor and the Center for Women and Business proudly announced over 105 companies had signed up for the Challenge.

By Paul Crocetti
December 19, 2014 

Fast Company: Busting 3 Excuses for Predominantly Male Boards

Many can agree that there are not enough women on corporate boards. Susan Adams discusses the three reasons companies give as to why there are so few women on their boards, then goes on to explain why they’re wrong.

By Susan Adams
November 13, 2014 

Boston Globe: Silicon Valley vs. Boston: Is One Friendlier to Women?

In the race to create a startup hub welcoming to women, Boston may just have an advantage.

By Shan Wang and Li Zhou
October 23, 2014