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That’s it! You’ve decided to launch your own business. First of all : good on you! Taking the leap is not an easy thing to do, so that’s already a victory in itself!

What are you going to need? Unless you have decided to embark on this project solo, you will certainly require a team, no? And you’d like to have some tips on the best ways you can do that.

When we attended Women 2.0’s latest Pitch Event, we had the chance to learn from great women who are passionate about what they do and who know what being a team leader is all about.

We’re going to share the advice of Robin Chase, co-founder and ex-CEO of Zipcar (the world’s largest car sharing company), and Julia Hu, co-founder and CEO of Lark, who has just been branded  "Top Inventor" on the list "Women under 40" in 2011
4 Tips to Build A Great Team
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February 19 - 25

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Good news! As the economy is slowly gaining some traction (at least in the U.S.), the latest economic data shows that it may be time to ask for a raise. It’s hard enough to ask your boss for a raise in normal economic times. So why would you do it just as the economy is starting to recover? Well, some salary pros say, that’s one of the best times to ask for a raise. Uncertain economic times can be the perfect opportunity to highlight the value you bring to an organization.

It's never easy to ask for more money. And it’s especially hard for female employees. Women suffer economically because they fail to ask, but they can also be punished for their nerve when we they do ask. The Daily Muse provides some tips to make the most of your negotiation skills.

First step is to learn your market value. Women tend to underestimate their worth for many reasons, but once they get to know their real value they can begin to have a conversation leading to agreement.

Second, ask your employer some “diagnostic questions” about his needs, priorities and preferences.

Third, once you know what your negotiation partner wants, you can offer to provide it to him before you ask for a single thing yourself.

Fourth, don’t let your employer get away with it. Play “tit for tat”, respond to outbursts with dignity and quickly return to cooperation when he calms down.

Fifth step is to practice and practice some more. Negotiation is a sport, and you’ve got to train for it. So don’t shy away and use every opportunity you have to practice your skills.

While we’re on the topic of pay, check out Forbes’ list of jobs where women earn more than men. That should make you feel better.

Do you stare at your feet while you speak? Do you overload each slide with bullet points and text? Are your jokes bombing in the conference room? Follow these 6 easy tips to deliver a killer presentation!

6 Ways To Pitch Your Way To Success
There’s a lot of truth in the old adage "it’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it" and this is particularly so when pitching for work.

The most interesting messages can be rendered dull and lifeless by poor delivery, but the reverse is also the case. Even the driest of technical points can be made to sparkle if the presenters make them relevant to their potential client and maintain interest through variety in presentation style, voice, pitch, gesture, visual aids and so on.

Whether you’re pitching to potential investors, applying for a job, doing some public relations, or making a presentation at work, you have to come across as a personable expert. Here are 6 easy tips to help you improve your presentation skills

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Job Tools

Job Tools


Job Tools

This week, discover our interview of Corinne Narassiguin, a candidate to represent French citizens living in the USA and Canada for the French legislative elections in 2012.

"Today, it's easier to be a woman in politics" #diversity #dare #assertiveness
For the first time, French citizens living abroad will have the opportunity to elect a delegate member to represent them in the French National Assembly, in the legislative elections in June 2012. French residents of the United States and Canada will be grouped together in a single electoral district for North America.

WoTo had the chance to meet up with Corinne Narassiguin, a candidate to this election. She’s an incredible woman who’s had a very successful career, a great role-model for diversity.  

Corinne is an engineer, interested in a political career. A French woman in the United States. A woman from the islands territories in a professional world where white men hold the power.

Naturally and with conviction, Corinne Narassiguin gladly accepted to play the Q&A game in our little interview. Listen to her as she gives her vision of what it takes for a woman to make it in politics. And she also has insight for all active young women.
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Gender Gap

Gender Gap


Gender Gap

February 12 - 18

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In the U.S., the average female worker still earns about 81 cents for every dollar a male worker makes. While this difference can be explained by the types of careers women choose and other factors such as education, age and experience, the gap still remains in all job sectors after having controlled those factors. What’s a girl to do?

Choose wisely. A New York Times article looked at which college majors in the U.S. have the biggest wage gap between men and women. The only one of these disciplines that graduates women who earn more than their equivalent male counterparts is information technology. Mechanical engineering and management information systems have about equivalent earnings. The majors whose male graduates earn the biggest premium over female graduates are architecture, education and criminal justice.

How can we explain that male and female graduates from a similar major have very different pay levels? Business Week argues that the pay gap isn't entirely a function of discrimination against women. It's largely a function of the choices men and women make.

As they put it: “If more men are using their business degrees to pursue careers in finance and consulting, more will end up working in some of the highest-paying industries. And if more women are pursuing careers in HR and marketing, more will find themselves working in lower-paying industries.”

In another article, the New York Times explains that perhaps women are making a trade-off between pay and other aspects of work that make them happy. “When asked whether their jobs make the world a better place, women were much more likely to say “very much so” than were men”. :-)

"Women and Law": a Female Network that Rocks the Law Profession
This week, a prominent French lawyer, Maître Dominique Attias, leading a group called “Women and Law”, sat down with us for an interview. She shared her thoughts on the future of the profession and even had some tips for young female lawyers. 

Here is what she had to say about how the power of network can change things for women in law profession.

WoTo : Why did you create this group, "Women and Law"?

Dominique Attias: 
This group is made up of highly committed women who favor action over demands. We are very concerned by the high rate of young women leaving the profession after just a few years (NDLR: 1 out of 3 female lawyers quits law within 10 years of practice) and by the loss of value that comes with this waste of talent. Our goal is to invert this trend.  
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