How Norway Has us Beat on Women in Corporate Leadership

In the U.S., we’ve heard the dismal figures on women in business leadership time and again. Among Fortune 500 companies, women make up less than 5 percent of CEOs. Within boardrooms in these companies, women hold only 17 percent of seats.

And we’re not alone in this poor performance. As of 2010, women held a similar 15 percent of corporate board seats in France, 13 percent in Germany, and 12 percent in Britain.

But in Norway, the picture is very different.

Global Board Seats Held by Women, 2011 (Source: U.S. State Department)

Global Board Seats Held by Women, 2011 (Source: U.S. State Department)

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Learning from Disappointment

A recent paper by Duke graduate student Peter McElroy surveys the literature on the Annenberg Challenge, a huge philanthropic school-reform initiative of the late 1990s, and reflects on whether, why, and how it failed.

A couple of weeks ago, when the new mayor of Newark was elected on a platform of opposition to a privately-sponsored school reform, I pointed out that public education has long been a minefield for philanthropy. Like many people who make that sort of observation, I cited the Annenberg Challenge (1995-2000), a half-billion-dollar bundle of grants to overhaul schools in 15 metropolitan areas, along with special initiatives for rural schools and arts education. Matching contributions brought the total cost of the program to $1.2 billion.

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Sanford Voices Podcast: DISI has an Interdisciplinary Vision

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Sanford students Danny Heller and Jennifer Shen founded Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators this past year. The organization pairs Duke grad students with local non-profits to work on pro-bono consulting projects. They talk with the Sanford Journal about starting a student organization, working across disciplines, and how chicken and waffles led to inspiration.