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Women in Power: Challenging the Status Quo and Defying the Stereotypes                                                                                                                          

March 14, 2017 | comments

Cultural diversities have made its impact felt on growth of businesses owing to differences and competition across markets, thus posing challenges to innovation. Besides which, lack of support networks to encourage more women assume leadership positions have always impeded progression of women in workplaces across Asia and globally as well. This has allowed the gender pay gap to permeate further and stunt growth prospects for women.

In an exclusive conversation with HR in AsiaMadeleine Price, Managing Director – Asia, Talking Talent shares some interesting anecdotes from her experiences, while giving us a bird’s eye view on the compensation benchmarking strategies in Asia that result in gender pay gap, and the need for more diversity and inclusion practices in organizations. 

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Stop Hiding: How To Face Your Fears And Raise Your Profile  

January 13, 2017 

 When you start thinking about raising your professional profile, it’s easy to end up with a laundry list of competing goals and no clear strategy: volunteer, get involved with

in-house initiatives, write engaging pieces for publications, chair committees, build stronger networks, revamp CV, make insightful contributions at meetings, be more active

on social media... sound familiar?

But quit focusing on what you should do and ask yourself: what’s stopped me from doing it?

Rebecca Hourston, Managing Director - Head of Coaching Programmes at Talking Talent talks about why, in her experience, many women pull back from actively raising their public profiles. Hearing the same reasons again and again, she knows that tackling these associated fears is crucial for raising your profile.

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How Men & Women See the Workplace Differently

September 30, 2016

They go to the same meetings, have the same colleagues, strive for the same promotions. So why are their perspectives—and experiences—so dissimilar? 

Men and women work side by side, tackling the same business problems, sitting through the same meetings and walking the same hallways.

But a new study on working women suggests that the common ground ends there. Men and women experience very different workplaces, ones in which the odds for advancement vary widely and corporate careers come in two flavors: his and hers.

Karen Rubin talks to the Wall Street Journal as it reports on the conclusions of a major new study of working women conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. In one of the largest studies to date on this topic, researchers during the first half of this year gathered data on promotions, attrition and career outcomes at 132 global companies, and they surveyed 34,000 men and women at those companies on their experiences at work.

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The Benefits of a Parental-Leave Prep Course  

September 23, 2016

Coaching helps retain and promote women—and make fathers more comfortable with taking leave. 

Some employers are adding a new family-friendly benefit: helping workers prepare for parental leave.

As many companies expand parental leave from several weeks to several months, a small but growing number of employers, including retailer Etsy Inc. and professional-services firm Ernst & Young, are beginning to offer parental-leave coaching. 

Karen Rubin, managing director, North America, of Talking Talent talks to the Wall Street Journal about parental leave coaching, how it is designed to help retain and advance women as they expand their families, and can help men feel more comfortable taking paternity leave. 

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Why companies have started to coach new parents      

July 22, 2016

When Lindsay Abt was pregnant with her first child, she remembers reading a book for expectant mothers that cautioned against making too many big life changes at once. She went ahead and made three anyway.

“I broke all of the rules,” she said. Not only did she take on a job with greater responsibility — she is a partner at the accounting firm Ernst & Young — she had to move her family to Florida from New York to do it. She moved in July 2014 while her husband stayed behind to sell their house. Her son was born that October.

Throughout the transition, she had a dedicated coach.

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Fairygodboss - Maternity Coaching ABC's

March, 1, 2016

You shouldn’t have to choose between having a baby and maintaining a successful career. Yet up to 30% of women leave the workplace after becoming mothers. An increasing number of companies, alarmed by their loss of talented employees, are offering maternity coaching to stem the tide. “Coaching will help you take a proactive approach towards becoming a working mother and advancing your career,” says Karen Rubin.

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FastCompany - Why Having A Female CEO Doesn't Guarantee Work-Life Balance

February 23, 2016

Putting policies in place does little good if the company culture doesn’t encourage employees to use them. Karen Rubin talks to FastCompany on why support for women has to be part of the solution all through the ranks, not just at the top.

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The Wall Street Journal - Family Leave Gaining Momentum in the Workplace

January 7, 2016

Big changes at blue-chip companies last year changed life for a lot of new parents. Karen Rubin highlights to The Wall Street Journal how "it’s one thing to offer a benefit, but if employees feel like they can’t take advantage of it, it’s not doing them any good”.

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TechRepublic - Four startups helping companies successfully implement parental leave

January 6, 2016

Over the last year, big strides have been made in increasing parental leave policies. TechRepublic examines four companies that help employers bridge the gap between policy and reality and Talking Talent is one of them.

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Chicago Tribune - What to do when a co-worker takes all the credit

January 5, 2016

When a co-worker takes all the credit for a project each of you worked on, setting the record straight is best achieved after you have regrouped. Karen Rubin talks to the Chicago Tribune on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

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Miami Herald - Pope’s call for strong families stirs reflection on U.S. workplaces

September 29, 2015

Talking Talent recommends that in order for companies to hold onto their talented parents, senior leaders need to create a cultural shift that starts from the top of the organization.

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Business Radio on Sirius XM - Work and Life

August 11, 2015

Stew Friedman interviews Karen Rubin on his radio show, Work and Life, on Sirius XM 111, Business.

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Miami Herald - Coaching can help parents-to-be ease transition at work, home 

April 7, 2015

Cindy Krischer Goodman talks to Karen Rubin about our coaching programs and the benefits they offer for both employees and managers. 

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The Financial Women's Association - Top Tips for a Successful Maternity Leave 

February 6, 2015

Karen Rubin, Managing Director presented a workshop at the NYU Stern Women In Business conference on Top Tips for Managing a Successful Maternity or Paternity Leave.  As a follow-up The Financial Women's Association developed a list of the tips to share with their members.

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Working Motherhood - "Karen Donaldson – Creating a calm home environment"  

January 13th, 2015

A podcast with our Vice President, Karen Donaldson, looking at work/life integration and creating a calm home environment that kids enjoy.

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Fortune - "Maternity Coaching: The Little-Known Perk Keeping Execs in

the Workforce"

December 19th, 2014

Companies are competing to attract and retain the best talent and this article examines the role Maternity Coaching has to play in this. 

"Deutsche Bank is one of a growing number of companies offering another perk: maternity coaches. Working with Talking Talent — a coaching and research firm committed to developing the female talent pipeline — employers, such as Deutsche Bank, provide pregnant employees and their managers with coaches, who advise them on what they can expect before, during and after maternity leave."

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The Huffington Post - "Maternity Coaching Aims to Support Pregnant Women

in the Workforce"

December 19th, 2014

This blog post looks at balancing a career, family life and how maternity coaching can help. 

"Companies lose between 20-30% of their women in the years when they're having children. The cost of attrition is commonly valued between two and three times the employee's salary, and there is the additional risk that the replacement won't work out. As (Karen) Rubin puts it “this can also make it more difficult for other women to get promoted, because some individuals become less likely to promote women if they think there is a good chance the woman will leave when she becomes a parent.”

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Womenetics - "Baby Bump in the Road: Coach Through It"

September 8th, 2014

An interview with Karen Rubin, Managing Director of Talking Talent, on the value of retaining women after maternity leave and how to make it work. 

"...What if companies were to address the challenges of balancing career and motherhood before the employee’s child is born? That’s what Karen Rubin does as managing director for Talking Talent North America."

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The Broad Experience - "The Unspoken Fears of Maternity Leave"

June 23rd, 2014

Ashley Milne-Tyte speaks with Talking Talent about what women want when they return to work and how to talk about it:

"...Which tallies with a conversation I had last week with Karen Rubin of the company Talking Talent. It helps companies - and women - with maternity transitioning: settling women back into the job after they've had a child, and keeping them happy at work. I'm planning an upcoming show on that particular intersection of work and life."

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