Topic: businesswomen

Ivanka Trump Is A Classy Businesswoman, So Why Is She Still Working For Her Buffoonish Father?

Ivanka Trump Is A Classy Businesswoman, So Why Is She Still Working For Her Buffoonish Father?

Earlier this year, Ivanka Trump unveiled a clothing line, which followed her line of shoes and jewelry. Carried at department stories including Nordstrom and Macy’s, the line included blazers, dress pants, and office-ready dresses. Now she’s expanding her fashion business with a brand-new deal that will have her offering suits, pajamas, lingerie, and jeans. Next stop: World domination. That is, if she can bring herself to sever professional ties with her race-baiting buffoon of a father, Donald Trump. More »

An Expert On Why Apologizing At Work Is So Bad For Your Career

An Expert On Why Apologizing At Work Is So Bad For Your Career

I don’t see a lot of men apologizing for things at work, and yet women tend to utter “I’m sorry” with great frequency. We’re sorry the copy machine jammed and we’re sorry we were five minutes late, and we’re sorry our computer froze.

The thing about apologizing for things you can’t help–things you’re not actually sorry for–is that it positions you in a subservient role in the dialogue, and that’s not exactly empowering. It creates a perception that you’re timid, and can label you as what Joan Williams calls “a dutiful daughter.” More »

5 Ways To Be Stylish At The Office When You’re Petite

5 Ways To Be Stylish At The Office When You're Petite

Some of my best friends are petite. I think they’re cute as a button. I want to tickle them until they squeal and sometimes I do. But when they whine about how it’s so hard to find pants that fit or tell me a shopping trip ended in tears, I just look at them. Really? You’re so small it’s hard to find clothes? That’s just not the same as being so large you can’t wear low-rise jeans without a muffin top. More »

Midwife Lorna Johnson On The ‘Pain And Heartache’ Of Working With Men

Midwife Lorna Johnson On The âPain And Heartacheâ Of Working With Men

“It’s crazy,” says Lorna Johnson when I ask her about a typical day at work for her. “I don’t know how to slow down.” She’s not kidding: Johnson is a practicing nurse midwife who runs her own practice in Los Angeles, Advanced Family Care Medical Group. She also serves on several committees for President Obama’s re-election campaign, and heads a nonprofit she founded in the 1990s, Compassion for Teen Life, which works with low-income young people in both California and Jamaica. Oh, and she also invests in real estate; celebrities including Lamar Odom and Chaka Khan have rented homes that she owns. Johnson spoke with me yesterday about the challenges of opening her clinic, her work with the Obama campaign, and why her mother in Jamaica — who got her start selling bits of coal — is still her inspiration. More »

6 Myths About Women In Business That Need To Be Debunked

6 Myths About Women In Business That Need To Be Debunked

We recently interviewed Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software and founder of the Mommy CEO blog, about her experience both going back to work after being on maternity leave and then setting the policy for working women at her company when she became head of her company. This week for Forbes she weighed in on some of the most common myths surrounding working women. We took some of hers and then added a few of our own to help debunk these beliefs. More »

This Isn’t Your Mother’s Junior League: What Every Career Woman Should Know

This Isn't Your Mother's Junior League: What Every Career Woman Should Know

When I hear the words Junior League, I think of my mother, pearls, volunteering, a lot of plaid and the cast of Facts of Life, for some reason. But apparently this is because I am secretly still living in the 1960s when the Junior League was an invitation-only society group that brought together women to do volunteer and charity work in the local community and help develop the potential of women. And when it was created in 1926 that was the intention. Junior League women were well educated and from upper class families (Jackie Kennedy was a member), but were not career women. More »

Will You Remember Liz Claiborne Without The Liz Claiborne Name? You Better

Will You Remember Liz Claiborne Without The Liz Claiborne Name? You Better

Liz Claiborne Inc. is planning to sell several brands, including its namesake business, and will change its name, the company announced today. The company said Wednesday that it will focus on its Juicy Couture, Lucky Brand and Kate Spade brands, and says the name change will reflect that (so does this mean it will be called Juicy Lucky Spade?) Apparently it hasn’t picked a new name yet. More »

10 Notable Businesswomen On The Work Life Balance Struggle

10 Notable Businesswomen On The Work Life Balance Struggle

What is work life balance? Does that literally mean working for said number of hours per day and then going home and making sure you either spend that same amount of time with your family or doing something that makes your personal life more exciting. If that is the case, then a lot of working mothers are going to end up just watching their children sleep for a few hours or women without children are going to stay up late doing various activities? “It doesn’t necessarily mean you work x hours and play y hours. It’s really a matter of knowing what’s important to you. Your priorities are going to change over the course of your career,” says Surina Shukri, a vice president in JP Morgan’s Natural Resources Investment Banking group. More »