‘Sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit’

first_imgFifty years ago, when America was unquestionably a man’s world, one small but influential part of it officially opened its doors to women: the M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School (HBS).On Thursday, about 800 of the School’s roughly 11,000 alumnae — including some of those intrepid early graduates — descended on the Allston campus for the start of the W50 Summit, two days of reflection, celebration, and brainstorming on women’s experiences at HBS and beyond.They heard from panels of professors and alumni on everything from the benefits of “power-posing” and the perils of sleeping with your smartphone to how to earn a seat on a corporate board and make socially responsible investments. They gathered Thursday evening to watch a screening of a new documentary on the history of women at HBS, “A Woman’s Place.” And they reconnected with, as one speaker — former Time Inc. chief Ann Moore, M.B.A.’78 — called it, “the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit.”The anniversary has become a focal point for the School’s efforts over the past few years to address its gender disparities head-on. Women now make up 40 percent of the M.B.A. program, a figure that would have been unthinkable to the eight women who joined the program in 1963.Three years ago, the School realized its female and international students were underperforming relative to their American male peers. As a result of a campuswide effort, HBS has closed that grade gap, a feat that drew applause in Burden Auditorium on Friday. Still, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria said, “There is so much more work to do,” especially in changing the culture of the School and the broader world.The W50 Summit in particular was a way to reach out to the women who “have sometimes felt disenfranchised, disconnected, unwelcome at Harvard Business School,” Nohria told an audience of graduates that spanned generations. “If there is one thing that I hope this event will do, it is change the relationship that each of you has with this remarkable institution. We need you to be a part of this institution with all your heart.”Dean Nitin Nohria, in addressing head-on the School’s gender disparities: “There is so much more work to do.”Survey on work-life balanceThe occasion also has been “an opportunity for us to accelerate … the advancement of women leaders who make a difference in the world,” Nohria said. Indeed, the anniversary has spawned a survey of several thousand alumnae on work-life balance and a new case study on the female experience at HBS, both of which were presented at the summit.But as Harvard President Drew Faust herself noted at the start of the conference, women are still underrepresented at the top levels of government and business, both in the United States and abroad. Only 4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women; women make up 12 percent of corporate boards in America. Women account 20 percent of the makeup of parliaments worldwide, a figure that holds steady in the U.S. Senate as well. They hold just 26 percent of full professorships across the country — and fewer at HBS, where 22 percent of the faculty are women — and run less than 10 percent of America’s venture-capital-funded startups.Given those numbers, both men and women must do more to “reshape these assumptions and attitudes” that keep women out of leadership roles, Faust said.“Do women need to do more leaning in, or do they need to be confronted with less pushing back?” Faust said to cheers. “I believe the answer is both.”“Keep your hand up”In the past year, no one person has personified that debate so wholly (or with so much controversy) as Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, whose recently released book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” — equal parts memoir, self-help guide, and working woman’s manifesto — has become a runaway bestseller.In her keynote address on Friday, Sandberg, ’91, M.B.A. ’95, asked the onlookers how many had ever said aloud that they wanted to be CEO of the company they worked for. A few dozen women stood.“You are Harvard Business School graduates,” Sandberg gently chided. “Why do you not automatically stand up?”Sheryl Sandberg poses with Sharon Baum, M.B.A. ’65, a member of the first class of admitted women.Too many women, she said, limit their own aspirations because they think they lack what it takes to lead, because they think blind ambition is distasteful, or because they fear they’re shortchanging their children for the sake of career advancement. But that attitude can be self-defeating, leading women to hold themselves back from promotions or drop out of the workforce altogether.“The No. 1 person who controls whether you keep your hand up is you,” she said, urging the importance of “leaning in” to new career challenges. “The world is not going to notice when you take it down.”Studies have shown that men are more likely to ascribe their successes to their own skills, Sandberg said, while women more often cite factors such as hard work, help from others, or luck. That gap in self-confidence starts as young as middle school, she added, but can be reversed as more and more trailblazing women pave the way — women like Sharon Baum, M.B.A. ’65, whom Sandberg singled out in the audience as one of the original eight women admitted to the School in 1963.“The more women lead, the less we will call little girls bossy,” Sandberg said. “We have the responsibility to do this for ourselves and to teach the women around us to do this.”Media myth vs. realityAs a new HBS survey shows, however, the idea that highly educated women are “opting out” is more media myth than a reality, at least among the School’s own graduates.“Life and Leadership After HBS,” released on Thursday and discussed in a session with Professor Robin Ely, took the pulse of more than 6,000 HBS alumni to gauge and contrast men and women’s attitudes and experiences regarding career and family.Among its more surprising findings was that less than a tenth of Generation X women (ages 31-47) and Baby Boomer women (ages 48-66) were not working at all in order to care for children.“That number is considerably lower than just about anyone I’ve asked has imagined,” said Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean for culture and community at HBS. “And it’s certainly far lower than the media would lead us to believe.”Over time, the media conversation about work-life balance has shifted slightly, Ely said, from discussing women’s individual choices to showing “a whole set of experiences that look less like women opting out and more like women being pushed out by organizations that demand a 24/7 work schedule, as well as women being pulled out by a culture that promulgates a compelling — some might say guilt-inducing — image of motherhood that’s hard to live up to while you’re trying to hold a job.”Over time, the media conversation about work-life balance has shifted slightly, said Robin Ely, senior associate dean for culture and community at HBS, from discussing women’s individual choices to showing “a whole set of experiences that look less like women opting out and more like women being pushed out by organizations that demand a 24/7 work schedule.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerCultures inhospitable to mothersAfter walking the audience through the results, Ely concluded that men and women alike “seem to prioritize family over work. It’s that all these other factors are also at play for women” that lead them to cut back their hours in a way that men often don’t — factors such as exclusion from informal networks in the workplace, a lack of mentors or a supportive work environment, and organizational cultures that are inhospitable to mothers.“What gives us leverage is asking the question, ‘What needs to change in our organizations that will enable us, women and men, to honor all the things we find meaningful in our lives?’” Ely said. “The problem isn’t women’s priorities. It’s work.”The survey’s results on work/life balance — and the difficulty of achieving an egalitarian partnership with a male spouse — didn’t surprise Anne Ristau, M.B.A. ’05, who said she and her husband have taken turns over the years, making sure each of them gets a chance to prioritize career opportunities.“We’ve always been in that three-legged race,” said Ristau, a pregnant, working mother of two. She recently dropped down to part-time at EMC Corporation, where she works as director of channel operations and strategy, but expects to return to full-time work at some point after her third child is born.Since graduating from HBS, “I’ve seen much more bias, whether it’s explicit or implicit, that I didn’t feel here,” Ristau said. “I think it’s impressive what the School has done so quickly, but there’s still the issue of the greater world at large and how they can impact that.”Sheryl Sandberg (MBA 1995) speaks at the HBS W50 Summit <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more


The Latest: Oklahoma State announces 3 COVID-19 cases

first_img June 3, 2020 The season was suspended March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Teams had played just two games. Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.___Indiana football players will start returning to campus on Monday and can resume voluntary workouts on June 15 as part of a phased-in plan announced by the athletic department.Coach Tom Allen expects about 65 players to travel to Bloomington, Indiana, next week. Another 25 players are slated to come back June 29 with the third and final group set for July 6. Testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.___The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour.Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event.The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event. During a Zoom call, Allen told reporters all players will be tested after arriving. They will then be quarantined for two or three days, awaiting test results.Players also will undergo an orientation program detailing the procedures and policies in place before they will be cleared to start weight lifting and running in groups of 10 or smaller. Each player must complete a daily medical check and agree to abide by a series of CDC guidelines, too.The plan calls for roommates to work out together and to break up position groups in hopes of containing the spread of COVID-19 — if there is a positive test.“You can’t say there’s no risk, there’s risk in everything you do,” Allen said. “I’ve had some questions (from parents) that I don’t have answers to yet, like what’s July going to look like or what’s the season going to look like. You just have to communicate with them over and over and make sure they feel good about it.”Allen says he believes the Hoosiers would need about six weeks of practice time to be ready for the season opener against Wisconsin, currently scheduled for Sept. 4. The marks range from the men’s and women’s treadmill half marathon records to a 100-kilometer (62.1) treadmill attempt. Among those planning to compete in the events are Hall, ultra-marathoner Michael Wardian, British distance runner Adam Holland and U.S. Olympic marathon trials qualifier Regina Lopez. A Zoom screen will help keep track of the progress along with a live tracker visualization app. There will also be an announcer.“It gives people something that’s really fun to do as a runner, whether it’s the weekend warrior or the elite runner,” said Andrews, an Olympic marathon trials qualifier who helped organize the event.Andrews will be chasing after two treadmill records on a machine set up in an office at his parents’ house. He will attempt to break the marathon record while he competes in the 50-kilometer race.“I’m feeling really fit,” Andrews said. “I’m super excited.”The donations from the race will go to Feeding America as part of its COVID-19 relief fund. The tour says results from the PCR tests are expected back in a manner of hours. Senior vice president of tour administration Andy Levinson says it also allows ample testing without taking away resources from the community where the tournaments are played.The tour expects about 400 people to require testing at tournaments upon the restart. No spectators are allowed for the first five events on the PGA Tour.The first event is the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, on the PGA Tour. The smaller Korn Ferry Tour has an event at PGA Tour headquarters in Florida.___The Official World Golf Ranking will restart next week when the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour hold official tournaments for the first time in three months. Wright State is dropping its softball and men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a plan to cut $2 million from its athletic department budget.The Dayton, Ohio, school is reducing expenditures across the board because of decreases in enrollment and state funding because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move affects 39 athletes and six coaches. Wright State will have 11 sports and must be granted a waiver from the NCAA to remain in compliance with Division I requirements. Division I schools are required to sponsor 14 sports.The university will honor scholarships of athletes who want to remain at Wright State. They would be immediately eligible at another school.Associated Press research shows 10 Division I schools have dropped a total of 22 sports because of budget reductions caused by the pandemic. Of those 22, 16 are men’s sports. A total of 99 sports have been cut in all divisions of four-year schools. It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff.The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March.___The Premier League says one person was found to have the coronavirus after the fifth round of testing of players and staff at soccer clubs.The league did not identity the person. Associated Press “Baseball has united us throughout the history of this country and we’re truly blessed to be able to come back to share some much-needed relief during these difficult times,” CSBI organizer Uri Geva said. “We’re continuing to work closely with local health officials to ensure the safety of all involved during this event.”Geva is donating 5 percent of pay-per-view subscriptions to No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting child hunger in the United States.___Sara Hall, Tyler Andrews and other elite distance runners will try to break treadmill world records this weekend as part of a virtual road race to raise money for a coronavirus relief program.Called the “Chaski Challenge,” the event features 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) and 50-kilometer (31.1) distances as well as a team relay. Runners have 24 hours starting Friday to post a time on their treadmill or outside if permitted. There will also be a live broadcast for the “Festival of Records” event Saturday in which elite athletes chase after seven world records. The ranking was frozen on March 15 as golf joined the rest of sports worldwide in shutting down sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The European Tour does not resume until July 22. That leaves some players unable to earn ranking points.The OWGR board says major organizations such as the USGA and PGA of America have agreed to incorporate the March 15 ranking into whatever qualifying criteria they have involving the ranking.Rory McIlroy remains at No. 1 going to Colonial next week in Fort Worth, Texas.___ ___Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida.The Major League Soccer Players Association announced the ratification of the CBA on Wednesday morning. Players had approved economic concessions for this season, including across-the-board salary cuts last weekend. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.“Today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love,” the MLSPA said announcing the agreement.The new CBA runs through the 2025 season. The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February through 2024, but that had not been ratified as the virus spread. Pelley says there will be “a direction at the end of the month.”The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak.It could be held without fans but golfers like Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka are among those saying they are against that idea.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The plan also gives men’s and women’s basketball players a resumption date of June 18 for voluntary workouts followed by women’s soccer July 6, volleyball July 8, men’s soccer July 13, field hockey July 15 and cross country Aug. 18.Fall classes are tentatively scheduled to start Aug. 24.___English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Premier League club did not identify the person. The Latest: Oklahoma State announces 3 COVID-19 cases Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his Twitter account that of the 150 staff, administrators and athletes tested, three had asymptomatic positives. All three were athletes.Linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga announced Tuesday he tested positive after he attended a protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The other two players were not identified.“Positives were expected and the plan for that scenario has been activated,” Klintworth wrote. “We will be as forthcoming as possible on the covid issues.”OSU spokesman Gavin Lang said there would be no additional comment.Marshall University in West Virginia announced Monday that two of its football players and one staff member tested positive. Iowa State said Wednesday that a student worker in its athletic department tested positive and that four athletes were showing symptoms and awaiting test results. ___Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott says he is pledging $1 million “to improve our police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy in our country.”Prescott made the pledge at the end of a lengthy statement on Instagram in his first public comments over widespread unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd. The handcuffed black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving.Prescott wrote that he had respect for law enforcement officers but implored them to “hold your own accountable.” He said he viewed the “protests and riots in our streets as a form of strength” in the effort to raise awareness of racial injustice.The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year said he was having a difficult time without football during the pandemic. Prescott also publicly acknowledged the recent death of his older brother, Jace Prescott, for the first time. The 31-year-old former offensive lineman at Northwestern State in Louisiana died in April. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts, bringing the total to three. Prescott isn’t participating in the Cowboys’ virtual offseason program because he hasn’t signed the $31 million one-year contract that goes with the franchise tag. The sides have until July 15 to reach a deal on a long-term contract. The two-time Pro Bowler just finished a four-year rookie contract that paid Prescott $2 million in the final season.___Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. ESPN2 will televise two games Thursday night. Games on Friday and Saturday are pay-per-view.The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark.The players were split into four teams and are mostly from Division I schools, but junior colleges and NAIA schools also are represented. Among the coaches are former major leaguers LaTroy Hawkins and Drew Sutton. Karpaty says everyone who tested positive is in isolation and that training has been canceled for a two-week quarantine period.Karpaty player Egor Nazarina told Ukrainian TV channel Futbol that he didn’t believe anyone at the club had displayed symptoms of COVID-19.___The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month.Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. ___A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff.The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named.The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. The team’s first game was canceled because of suspected virus cases and the league has now postponed two more matches.The league’s planned end date in mid-July is now in doubt. A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms.ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend.The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.Athletic director Jamie Pollard says “the potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents.”The Big 12 is allowing Iowa State and other conference schools to have football players return June 15 for voluntary workouts. ___Road America has announced it will host the Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints with fans from June 12-14 at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.More than 400 cars in multiple classes are expected to compete in the first leg of amateur racing’s triple crown.Promoters are encouraging attendees to follow guidelines such as social distancing, frequent hand washing and use of new hand sanitizer stations. They also are asking fans to wear cloth face coverings in places where social distancing is difficult.___last_img read more


Anthony Joshua Challenges Tyson Fury in Unification Battle

first_imgAnthony Joshua has thrown down the gauntlet for a heavyweight title showdown with Tyson Fury as the WBO, WBA and IBF champion made his case for an all-British unification bout.All heavyweight belts reside in the UK, with Joshua recapturing his three belts after avenging his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr in December, while Fury blitzed Deontay Wilder in February to win the WBC belt.It means that, should Joshua and Fury face off in the ring, the victor will be the first unified champion of the division since Lennox Lewis. And Joshua has made his case for the all-British showdown.‘If you really want to say you’re No 1, come fight me. Let’s get it on,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I’ve got the rest of the belts so it only makes sense.‘I’m the unified heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the WBC champion. What it will prove, me and him fighting? There will be one dominant figure in the heavyweight division that will have all of the belts and become undisputed.“Logically to prove yourself as No 1, I have to fight Tyson Fury. He has to fight Anthony Joshua.”While both fighters have expressed their desire to fight as soon as possible, some obstacles stand in the way of the fight happening. Wilder has triggered a rematch clause to face Fury for a third time while Joshua is to defend his belts against Kubrat Pulev.Speculation has been rife that Bob Arum, the promotor of Fury and Pulev, could arrange for the pair to skip their bouts so Joshua and Fury can fight.Joshua fired shots at Wilder, who has for some time obstructed the path to a unification bout with a series of farcical negotiations between his and Joshua’s teams.“It would be amazing to tell Pulev ‘I think it’s best if you step aside for now’ and to tell Wilder “we have bigger fish to fry”,’ he added.‘”Enjoy your Alabama chicken while we get cracking in the UK!” That fight needs to happen because there will never be another time like this again.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more