The WATT® Report

Welcome - November, 2010

Welcome to The WATT® Report, your resource for news and advice to help you get ahead. As a member of the Women at the Top® Network, you'll receive this monthly e-newsletter the first Wednesday of every month.
In Case You Missed It 

Each month we'll round up a few of the most interesting reads we've found to help you stay informed. This month's picks are: 
Fact: According to Catalyst, a New York organization that promotes workplace diversity, women lag men in leadership positions despite being nearly 50 percent of the labor force. "Despite their sustained participation and economic influence, women have experienced a shockingly slow rate of progress advancing into business leadership, regardless of industry," Ilene H. Lang, president and chief executive officer of Catalyst, told lawmakers at a Sept. 28 hearing in Washington. Read More.
Report: Women have an increasing role as managers and business owners. According to a recent report from the National Economic Council, today women comprise 51.4 percent of all managers and own 30 percent of all small businesses. Yet, long term challenges remain in their way including wage disparity, and underrepresentation in high level management and high paying industries. Read "Jobs and Economic Security for America's Women."
Quote: "Yes, it's been ugly. Yes, it's been divisive. Yes, you (and I) want it to be over with. But if you don't vote, you don't count. Literally. And every woman's opinion should count, even if she thinks it doesn't." - Linda Lowen, blogger on women's issues and former radio/TV broadcast journalist 
Invest in Your Professional Development
November is National Career Development Month. With limited time, and training budgets at an all-time low, your professional development may have inadvertently taken a backseat.

It's critical that you invest in yourself because, contrary to popular belief, no one else is going to do this for you.  You need to invest your time, your talents, and your treasures (that's your money ladies!), where it will have the most impact. And yes, you may have to give up some things along the way. Don't just settle for trinkets like manicures, a new handbag, shoes, clothes and other disposable items. Instead, forego a few of these and invest in your professional development instead.

Small investments of time and money can make an incremental difference in your skill development and your career success.  To get you started, Women at the Top® has put together a short list of affordable books.

  • Brag! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It by Peggy Klaus
  • Her Place at the Table: Negotiating Conditions for Career Success by Deborah Kolb, PhD; Judith Williams, PhD; Carol Frohlinger, JD
  • Hit the Ground Running: A Woman's Guide to Success for the First 100 Days on the Job by Liz Cornish
  • See Jane Lead: 99 Ways for Women to Take Charge - at Work and in Life Dr. Lois Frankel

Visit your local bookstore or library, and check out one of these books and put your career back on track.

Have a book that helped you be more successful in your career? Please share your ideas with us at or visit the WATT® Blog,

This Month
Dial up Your LeadershipTM with these programs and events.
November 16: Author Interview with Mimi Donaldson. This 45 minute call will feature an interview with Mimi Donaldson, author of Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life. Mimi will help you figure out what the game plan is and then she'll tell you how to communicate it, execute it and control the clock to win the game. (Learn more)
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