Women's Networking Group

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IACCM Women’s Networking Group

Providing a community to help develop the talents of female Contract & Commercial Management professionals with the goal of preparing and qualifying more women professionals to be successful in the workplace.

Group Mission/Vision:

The mission of the Women’s Networking Group is to focus on leadership, development and networking opportunities for female contract & commercial management professionals by expanding your professional skills and professional opportunities to help you realize your true potential.

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Women's networking meeting, London : Putting your Strengths to Work

The next Women's Networking Group is scheduled for Thursday 6th October at Fujitsu Services offices, London. Male and female attendees are welcome, this event is free of charge to attend - http://www2.iaccm.com/events/register/?id=2596. The theme of this event will be about understanding your strengths and using those to your advantage whether in the workplace or in your private life. In today's times, understanding your positive attributes and using these to make a tangible contribution by stepping up and putting those strengths to work is where the real pay-off will be found. We need to focus on our positives, rather than our weaknesses. This will be an interactive meeting, with plenty of opportunity to network with your colleagues to discuss our strengths, and when and how best to apply them. A detailed agenda will be issued closer to the event. We will hear Kyoko Mizuguchi Head of Legal & Commercial EMEIA and Miriam Knight, Director Legal & Commercial EMEIA, both senior directors within Fujitsu Services, presenting on their strengths and how they have used these qualities to aid their successful careers. For more information and to register go to http://www2.iaccm.com/events/register/?id=2596


"When women lean in together we can accomplish more things" - so true!

Published on Jun 23, 2016 Emma Watson, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Megyn Kelly, and others thank the women who have helped them and encourage women everywhere to #LeanInTogether. Brought to you by LeanIn.Org and AOL's MAKERS, this video celebrates the power of women supporting each other - and the amazing things that happen when they do. Learn more at leanin.org/together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkOsH2KtW3o


Interesting BBC Quiz released 13th July 16: How much do you know about women at the top?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36774481 How did you fare?


Why VCs Aren't Funding Women-led Startups

Two very interesting articles one including the following quote from a spokesperson of Facebook, Nicola Mendelsohn 'Women make up half the population - they make effective business leaders and unbelievable entrepreneurs, so it's shocking that more aren't part of the UK's small business community today. Based on what we're seeing from the Facebook community, we believe we have an opportunity to help more women. So today we're kick-starting an effort called SheMeansBusiness to help more women turn their great ideas into thriving businesses' Interested to hear your opinions on this. http://www.itv.com/news/2016-05-26/one-in-ten-women-lacks-the-confidence-to-start-a-business/ http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/vcs-arent-funding-women-led-startups/?utm_source=kw_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2016-05-25


Working women 'On the up' - The financial crisis has helped boost women's role in the workplace


Women hold the key to UK economy unlocking extra £10.1bn, Facebook says

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/women-hold-the-key-to-unlocking-101bn-for-uk-economy-by-2020-facebook-says-a7049761.html The study found that the UK is missing out on a potential £10.01 billion boost to the economy by not tackling the challenges facing women who want to start their own business, according to a new research by Facebook. One in ten women (2.7 million) want to start their own company but feel the lack of confidence to do so. If just a fifth of potential female entrepreneurs were empowered to start a business they would build over 340,000 new businesses and create 425,000 jobs. The study determines that the UK is one of the worst countries in Europe for gender equality The study found that 25 per cent of those surveyed said a lack of confidence is one of their key barriers and 24 per cent feel they do not have the right business skills. What do we need to do to boost our confidence and believe in our talents?


Ask the Expert - Top Terms in Negotiations Survey Results

This year's survey of the top negotiated terms indicates a continuing challenge for the contracts and legal community.


Ask the Expert - Contracting: Why Do We Keep Destroying Value? - Part I

It is no longer a hypothesis that our current processes used to establish commercial relationships are flawed - on both the buy and sell side. Yet we keep trying to optimize each side of the process (which logically may mean we are increasing the value destruction) and don't identify the flaws that continue to diminish value for both sides. Most of the time is spent on the pre-nuptial agreement, trying to anticipate all the things that may go wrong (self-fulfilling prophecies perhaps?) and how to protect our own interests. Far more time should be spent on establishing a good relationship and working on the marriage in order to multiply the total value for both partners. In the first of a two-part series, Anne will challenge long held assumptions based on Theory X that drive the wrong behavior and propose going even beyond Theory Y (Best Practices) to Theory Z (Next Practices). She will explore how both the buy side and sell side approach the contracting process today, when the leverage shifts between the two parties and how to improve the way we work with our trading partners. If you are interested in learning how to address changes in processes and competencies to create a relationship that will result in a sustainable marriage, then this is a session you will not want to miss. In Part II of this two part series, we will address how to build a sustainable relationship after the marriage takes place. In addition, if you are interested in joining a small working group to address these issues, that opportunity will be available to you. The second part of this webinar will take place on February 18th.


Many gender differences are really power differences in disguise.

This article entitiled: "It's good to be the Queen . . . but it's easier being the King" from McKinsey emphasizes that the one clear difference between men and women in the United States and most of the world: the amount of power each has in society. As a result, gender stereotypes constrain the behavior and actions of women. Here's the link to the article: http://www.mckinsey.com/Insights/leadership/Its_good_to_be_the_queen_but_its_easier_being_the_king?cid=mckwomen-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1510


Business Insider Article: Women are the next China

Here's an interesting article released today by Business Insider on how closing the gender gap in employment and salaries would result in an economic boost in most countries: http://www.businessinsider.com/women-could-be-the-next-global-growth-engine-2015-10?nr_email_referer=1&utm_content=COTD&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_campaign=Post%20Blast%20%28moneygame%29:%20Women%20are%20the%20next%20China&utm_term=Markets%20Chart%20Of%20The%20Day According to US Trust's Joseph Quinlan, women are "the most underutilized and under-leveraged resource in the world." Read the article and let us know what you think - could women's further participation in the economy be the next China?


Remembering Donna Messer

Many of you may remember meeting Donna Messer, the "Queen of Networking", a key speaker at one of our Americas Conferences and a motivator for us at the Women's Networking Group breakfast. Sadly, Donna Messer passed away earlier this month. She will be missed although her networking tips and techniques will remain with us forever. Her obituary can be read at: http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/5542344-oakville-networking-guru-donna-messer-has-died/


McKinsey Report on Fostering Women Leaders: A fitness test for your top team

We know all too well the dismal percentage of women populating C-suite positions. The latest article published by McKinsey and Company identifies 5 questions to help generate challenging conversations to test organizational practices and reduce the barriers to advancing female executives. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/organization/Fostering_women_leaders_A_fitness_test_for_your_top_team?cid=other-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1501 Are there other questions you would suggest adding to the list?

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