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Now and Future of 50/50Leadership

Fifty-Fifty Leadership is currently accepting Sponsorships for the following:
  • (Sponsor Name) Leadership Circles $100,000
    Length of sponsorship and geographical area to be determined
  • Women's Leadership Portal $100,000
    Ten sponsors needed
  • The Equality Standard Sponsor $100,000
    One year, 12 issues
  • The Equality Standard Blog Sponsor $50,000
    One year
  • Corporate Leadership Circles $100,000
    One year, unlimited license in U.S.
  • Leadership Circles Educational Conferences $40,000
    One year, 4 conferences
For all sponsorships please contact:
Pauline Field, Chair
Fifty-Fifty Leadership

Our sponsors support 50/50 Leadership's programs and events!

Like men, women have different drives, different ambitions, various levels of education and experience, and a range of talents. When you discount the percentages of women who just are not interested in working their way to the top of their field, that still leaves a wealth of experienced, talented, educated, driven and ambitious women ready to lead.
Why then are there so few women in top leadership positions?
  • 16.4% female corporate officers at top 500 firms and 27% of the current President's Cabinet?
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 of the tenured faculty members at the nation's four-year public and private universities
  • 15% of judges and law firm partners are women; 5% of managing partners of large firms
  • 13 female senators of 100 and 61 congresswomen out of 435.


Women make decisions differently than men
  • Men are more likely to act alone;
    Women collaborate, listen, and build teams.
  • Men are more focused on long-term results, women on short-term goals.
  • Men put more weight on the how the decision will affect the competitive environment; women consider how it will affect the team.
  • Men are more-likely blindsided by a crisis, where women will more often see the crisis looming (e.g., a woman anticipated the Enron disaster).
Corporate performance
The latest report by Catalyst, Inc., which studies the corporate environment and gender diversity, found higher financial performance for companies with higher representation of women board directors in three important measures:
  • Return on Equity: On average, companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 53 percent.
  • Return on Sales: On average, companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 42 percent.
  • Return on Invested Capital: On average, companies with the highest percentages of women board directors outperformed those with the least by 66 percent.
Lack of Gender Diversity Proves Costly

Lawsuits over the last several years that have resulted in multi-million dollar judgments against even small companies that have discriminatory practices - such as a "glass ceiling", have increased.

It is costing companies money to ignore the women pounding on the executive level doors.

A sampling of companies that have or have had lawsuits against them for gender bias/discrimination over the last few years:

  • Best Buy - Filed in December 2005
  • Boeing - Judgment of $72.5 million awarded in July 2004
  • Costco - Class action status January 11, 2007
  • Merrill-Lynch - $2.2 million awarded to one employee in 2004
  • Morgan Stanley - Judgment of $54 million awarded in July 2004
  • Smith Barney - Filed in November 2006
  • Wal-Mart - February 6, 2007 - Largest ever Class Action status awarded
  • Abercrombie & Fitch - Judgment of $40 million in November, 2004
Supporting our future vision of global expansion of 50/50 Leadership
16 November 2007 - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

"Study after study has shown us that when women are fully empowered and engaged, all of society benefits."

"Only in this way can we successfully take on the enormous challenges confronting our world - from conflict resolution and peacebuilding to fighting AIDS and reaching all the other Millennium Development Goals," she stated, referring to the ambitious set of anti-poverty targets the world has pledged to achieve by 2015.

But while global goals and commitments on women's empowerment are in place, "we still have far to go in implementing them fully - from school enrolment to women's economic independence and representation in decision-making bodies," she stated.

The Deputy Secretary-General noted that in almost all countries, women continue to be under-represented in decision-making positions; their work continues to be undervalued; and violence against women and girls continues unabated worldwide.

"Changing all this requires all of us - women and men - to work for enduring change in values and attitudes," she said. "It means working in partnership - Governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector. It means men assuming their responsibility. It means ensuring that women and girls enjoy their full rights, and take up their rightful place in society."

The Affordable, Portable Leadership Development Program
Impacting the lives of girls and women,
their communities, workplaces, and the world.
Leadership Circles are for women who are trying to find their way in the world
Feeling overwhelmed by the stress in their lives, women often experience feelings of anxiety, fear, frustration, helplessness and thus find themselves unable to effect the measure of control necessary to insure a quality of life they perceive to be acceptable.

With participation in Fifty-Fifty Leadership's Leadership Circles program, these individuals will move from a place of anxiety and fear to a position of strength and confidence.

Leadership Circles are for girls who see themselves as the leaders of the future

Through participation in Fifty-Fifty Leadership's Leadership Circles, girls will prepare for a positive future, connect with others and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. With our unique program of each girl empowering each other in the Circle, with cooperative and experiential learning, girls will have fun, build friendships, and make a difference for themselves and for their communities.

Leadership Circles are for women who are leaders and are looking for ways to continue their path of growth
Whether working with men or women, women who are aspiring to top leadership know they must continue to learn and grow. With Leadership Circles they build on their strengths and accomplishments so they can perform and deliver at the next level.
Leadership Circles Begin in Los Angeles
The first Leadership Circle will be starting on Saturday, March 8th in Los Angeles

Goal: To have at least 120 Circles completed and in process by the end of 2008 - Empowering almost 1,000 women and girls as leaders

Growth of Leadership Circles through Collaborations

Empowering and training thousands more girls and women as leaders through organizations such as:

  • Women at Work
  • YWCA
  • Women's Commissions
  • Churches
  • Corporations
  • At Risk Youth
  • Domestic Violence Victims
Quarterly and Annual Leadership Circle gatherings
In addition to the Leadership Circle program, participants will also be able to continue their growth at quarterly gatherings that will provide opportunities to learn and to network with other participants. These events will not only be inspirational and motivational for participants, but they will have the opportunity to take on projects that are larger in scope than is possible in their originating Leadership Circle , thus providing greater impact for their communities.


The Equality Standard monthly online magazine has been published continuously for over four years, and distributed throughout the U.S. and in Australia , England , Mexico , Canada and Bangladesh . It covers news on women in leadership, such as women elected to political office, CEO's of corporations and heads of top tier universities. News for and about women - such as scholarships available, websites of use, jobs wanted and available, books, statistics about women, women's rights issues and events for and about women locally to California and around the world.

The Equality Standard Blog is online bring stories of interest, frequent updates of news and events, book recommendations and more.


A one-stop portal / blog / social network that has the calendar for all leadership development opportunities throughout the U.S. and worldwide, including Leadership Circles and The Freedom Academy and searchable by topic, length, geography, demographic served, leader, cost, etc.

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