Bye Bye Babs!!!! We Salute an Amazing Icon With an Amazing Creer!!!



Barbara Walters graduated Sarah Lawrence College in 1953 with a degree in English.  She landed her first job in journalism as the assistant to publicity director and republican activist
Tex McCary of WRCA-TV.  She then moved to CBS where she wrote material for the networks morning show.  In 1961 she was hired by NBC to work as a researcher and writer for The Today Show.  By 1964 Barbara became a staple of The Today Show starring alongside Hugh Downs and Frank McGee which earned her the nickname “Today Girl”.  She was on the show for 11 years at which time she honed her trademark probing interviewing technique.  In 1972 she established herself as a competent journalist and was chosen to be part of the press corps that accompanied President Nixon on his historical trip to China.  She won her first Daytime Entertainment Emmy award for best talk show host in 1975.  Her success is attributed to her uncanny ability to ask the questions the public would most like to hear and her ability not to alienate the people she interviews.  From 1979-2004 she worked as a cohost for ABC News Magazine 20/20 with Hugh Downs where she was a contributing anchor, reporter and correspondent. In 1997 she created and appeared as a cohost on The View and then just last week retired leaving behind an amazing legacy of a woman top in her field.  You can watch a CNN I have enclosed on her “Blessed Career  What will she go on to do? Who knows?  What do you think?  We would love to hear your thoughts.






Get In Line Please



Raising kids is one of the hardest jobs in the world to do and a gap in your resume shows that priorities are important to you.  Returners are women who at one time had a solid career and are looking to return to work. After taking time off to raise kids and focus on other projects, returning to work is not so easy.  Women are easing their way back into the workplace by volunteering or participating in internship programs just to get their foot in the door.  Actually, it makes a lot of sense, you don’t need to babysit an established woman, they know how things work and how to make themselves most useful in the workplace.  Young interns  (still in college) really need to be taught the ropes, and given direction on basic skills.  I read a really great article in the New York Post yesterday about Google and the money they pay to their summer interns…talk about taking a number and get in line…I think this is one of the most sought after intern programs out there.





Angelina Jolie Joins the Extraordinary


I would like to give a shout out to Angelina Jolie.  In the news today it was revealed that she had a double mastectomy back in February.  Who knew?  It is really none of our business, but she is always in the spotlight so I guess you just think she is off traveling somewhere if she disappears for a while.  Like all of us,  she had to put herself and family first and foremost and take care of personal issues.  Angelina is not just an American actress or director.  In 2009, and again in 2011, she was voted Hollywood’s highest-paid actress as well as the world’s “most beautiful” woman.  She donates her time and money to many humanitarian causes and is a former Goodwill Ambassador for The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  She began her career alongside her father in a movie called Lookin’ to Get Out back in 1992. Although her film career began nearly 10 years after with a low budget film called Cyborg, her first leading role in a major film was in a cyber-thriller called Hackers.  I thought I was up on my movie trivia, how did I possibly miss this one?   I found a great article about her and besides I am tired of reading about bombers, kidnappers, and murderers….so enjoy!!! In closing, Angelina is a strong woman who wears many hats and can accomplish more than most women can on any given day.  She works, raises a family (with plenty of help), and has time to do the impossible.


Big Companies Want Their Moms Back, McKinsey, Goldman Sachs and More


By LESLIE KWOH, as see online in The Wall Street Journal,

McKinsey & Co. wants its moms back.

The big consulting firm is quietly reaching out to female employees who left some years ago—presumably to start families—to see whether they are ready to return.

WSJ’s Leslie Kwoh has details of companies, including the large consulting firm McKinsey & Co., that are recruiting mothers back to the work force who previously left to start families. Photo: Getty Images.

Details of the initiative, still in its early stages, are sketchy, and McKinsey offered no further information, except to say it isn’t a companywide policy. But the effort is one small signal that at least some companies are re-examining some of the most basic terms of women’s working lives.

The issue of lost women workers remains a delicate one for many companies, particularly in highly skilled professions, such as consulting or banking. After spending their 20s in high-intensity jobs, many women leave or switch to part-time work when they have children.

Most companies simply acknowledge the departures and move on, but some of them are starting to recruit talented women who are ready to resume work.

The AtlanticAn Atlantic article critiqued work-life balance for women

Princeton University / Associated PressAnne-Marie Slaughter’s essay, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” sparked a furor when it appeared in the Atlantic last July.

McKinsey has publicly grappled with the issue of recruiting and retaining women. In a 2011 interview with The Wall Street Journal, McKinsey managing director Dominic Barton acknowledged that women accounted for just 25% of the firm’s “intake,” adding that “if you look at the numbers, we’re not where we need to be, so we’re losing on the talent side.”

According to its website, McKinsey has 8,000 active consultants in the field and 24,000 members in its alumni network.

The other Big Three consulting firms have their own programs targeted at current and former female employees. At Bain & Co., a group of partners oversees women’s initiatives, staying in touch with female alumni and promoting flexible work options.

More than 100 women, most of them mothers, have returned to the firm since 2000, says Russ Hagey, Bain’s global chief talent officer and a senior partner. The firm says more than 80% of its female partners have taken advantage of flextime.

Boston Consulting Group says it focuses heavily on recruiting and retaining women, offering part-time options, mentoring and professional development programs. Lucy Brady, a BCG partner and mother of three, says she was appointed partner while working part-time at the firm, which she has done for 10 out of 15 years.

Several other employers are trying programs to bring former workers back into the fold. Some of them, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., GS -0.96% have “returnship” programs, paid short-term jobs targeted at professionals who haven’t worked for several years.

In most cases, these employees are women who left to have children, says Carol Fishman Cohen, co-founder of iRelaunch, a career re-entry consulting firm in Newton, Mass., and author of a Harvard Business Review article about returnships. “Companies…should be focusing on this pool just like they’re focusing on the pool of recent college graduates,” she says.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former U.S. State Department official whose essay, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” sparked a furor when it appeared in the Atlantic last July, said McKinsey’s Mr. Barton has discussed a plan to win back talented women who “stepped off the track” years ago.

“What Dominic Barton said to me was, ‘These women were phenomenally smart, and we lost all that talent, and we’re going to get it back,’ ” she said in a speech late last year.

McKinsey declined to make Mr. Barton available for comment.

A 2009 study of female attorneys in New Jersey, conducted by Rutgers University’s Center for Women and Work, found that 29% of the respondents said they left their previous firms because they had “difficulty integrating work with family/personal life.”

And in a 2010 McKinsey report, female senior executives cited the “double burden syndrome” of balancing motherhood and work as the main obstacle to women attaining more top roles in companies.

To be sure, reactivating workers who have been off the job for years presents big challenges for both employers and the returning worker.

Returnees must adapt to a changed workplace, with a less-stable workforce and new technology, says Karen White, director of the Working Families Program at the Rutgers Center for Women and Work.

Employers can ease the transition by including returning employees in orientation sessions, says iRelaunch’s Ms. Fishman Cohen. However, it is up to the employee to brush up on tools such as Microsoft MSFT -0.36% Excel and social media before coming back to work, she says.

ReutersMcKinsey managing director Dominic Barton.

Often, the biggest challenge returnees face is how to regain their confidence while allowing for mistakes. “People coming back, especially high performers, feel this pressure to walk back in the door and expect the same level of performance,” Ms. Fishman Cohen says. Instead, they should hold candid conversations with their bosses about an “adjustment period.”

Work and family experts often tout moms as “great managers,” but skills developed while managing a household don’t necessarily translate to the office, Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter said in a recent essay. “Family managers are accustomed to being surrounded mostly by people who are…clearly dependent, unable to function fully on their own,” Ms. Kanter wrote. “Spending quality time with people with limited vocabularies doesn’t hone complex strategic thinking.”

Victor Cheng, a former McKinsey consultant who now advises aspiring management consultants, recalls a push in the mid-1990s to increase the firm’s female partners. Typically, M.B.A.s take six to eight years to make partner, so many women attain partner status just as they are ready to have children.

McKinsey offered a slower path to partnership for part-time employees, but the demands were so great that during his time at the firm, Mr. Cheng says, “the joke was that working half-time was still 40 hours a week.”

McKinsey still offers flexible work schedules for women, and many offices have networks that provide guidance for mothers. New mothers can participate in a “phase back” program to help them readjust to work after maternity leave.

The firm also publishes a guide for mothers titled “Laptops and Lullabies.”

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