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Leadership Tuesdays -- Developing Women Leaders

According to "Women In America, Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being", a report released by the White House Council on Women and Girls, women are 61%1 of the United States' labor force.  Yet, women represent only 15 or 3%2 of the Fortune 500 CEOs, 15%3 of the executive management positions in the Fortune 500 companies and 88 seats or 16.4%4 of 112th Congress of the United States.  Further, although women are attaining more education and advanced degrees, the male-female pay gap is still signficant and 'persists at all levels of education for full-time workers'.


The goal of Leadership Tuesdays is to provide a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Dr. Myles Munroe put it best in his book, Becoming A Leader (2009),  "...there is a leader in everyone waiting to serve his or her generation."  Women, get ready... get set...let's lead!!   

1.  Women In America Report, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/Women_in_America.pdf

2.  Women CEOs, CNNMoney,  http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2010/womenceos/

3. National Association of Female Executives, Top 50 Companies Executive Summary 2010, http://eblasts.workingmothermediainc.com/NAFE2010_ExecSummary.pdf

4.  Women In the U.S. Congress, Center for American Women and Politics, http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/documents/cong.pdf

To view more bi-weekly Leadership Tuesdays postings, also visit the Women Making History Facebook page.


John Gibson is the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). He sat down with #LeadershipTuesdays to talk about the opportunities for women and minority creators and filmmakers to work in the TV and Film industry. In Part 2 of a two part interview, Mr. Gibson provides insight into the work the MPAA is doing to increase diversity in Hollywood and the programs they are supporting that are specifically targeted at women and minority filmmakers. Gibson says that now is the time for diverse stories to be told and he gives sage advice for anyone who wants to be a part of the changes and new opportunities taking place in the entertainment industry.

April Reign created the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on January 15, 2015 after the announcement of The Oscars' nominations where not one person of color was represented in any of the 20 categories. Her tweet went viral and made headlines that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had to respond to the next day.

Part 2 of 2

January 2015

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, 8th Mayor of the Washington, D.C.

On Friday, January 2, 2015, Muriel E. Bowser was sworn into the Office of Mayor of the Nation's Capital. She is the second woman to hold this position, following in the footsteps of fomer Mayor, Sharon Pratt Kelly (1991-1995). Ms. Bowser is a native Washingtonian, former City Council Member, and the second youngest person to be elected Mayor in Washington, D.C. Click here to hear an inspiring excerpt from her inaugural speech.

January 2014

Michelle Freeman, CEO of the Carl Freeman Companies; Partner, Monumental Sports and Entertainment (Series)

"Leading People" and Covenant House Charity Event" (Part 4)

--"Leadership Lessons Learned Since Becoming The One In Charge" (Part 3)

--"Leading In A Non-Traditional Industry For Women"  (Part 1)

December 2013

Michelle Freeman, CEO of the Carl Freeman Companies; Partner, Monumental Sports and Entertainment (Four Part Series)

--"Life After A Tragic Loss: Finding renewed purpose and life"" (Part 2)

October  2013 

--A Leadership Conversation with Karen M. DaleExecutive Director of AmeriHealth District of Columbia.  In this video, she discusses her leadership mantra and provides advice for others who aspire to senior leadership/executive positions.

--Healthcare...What to look for in a Health Insurance Provider and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the Washington area.  Interview with Karen Dale, Executive Director of Amerihealth District of Columbia


 July 2013

--The Do's And Dont's Of Social Media Etiquette, Harriette Cole


May 2013
--How To Manage Your Personal Brand by Tara L. Finney, Guest Blogger

April 2013 

January 2012

--  Women's Leadership: Importance of Networks featuring Anita Brown-Graham


--  Kathleen Flanagan: Want to Lead? Learn to Nurture Your Butterflies 

February 2012

--  Becoming An Entrepreneur and Growning A Business: Lisa Price, Founder and President of Carol's Daughter


--  "This Is Not The Day We're Going To Die", Vashti McKenzie, Bishop and Presiding Prelate, 13th District - African Methodist Episcopal Church

March 2012

--  "Want To Succeed? Get More Sleep!", Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post

--  "Sibling Revelry, The author's sister Stephanie Cole Hill is one of the few African-American leaders in her industry."

April 2012

-- Resilience by Rachel Simmons and Claire Sannini, TEDx Women Talk

--The Power of Acknowledgment by Kimberly Dillon, TEDx Women Talk  

May 2012

--The Positive Use of Power, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Prelate of the Episcopal Church 

June 2012

--"I Rhyme Like A Girl", Toni L. Blackman, a Dove® Role Model 

July 2012

--The Great Business School Challenge Hidden in Plain Sight by John T. Delaney, Ph.D., Dean, University of Pittsburgh

--A Problem Unique To Business: Finding Women MBA's by Carlotta Mast

--Are We There Yet? My Climb and Journey by V. Nona Ogunsula

August 2012

--SPECIAL:  The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Chorus Installs Its First Woman President In Its 79 Year History

--Are We There Yet? My Climb and Journey--Part II | First Step: Get An MBA by V. Nona Ogunsula

September 2012

--Are We There Yet? My Climb and Journey--Part III | Bumps In The Road At AT&T by V. Nona Ogunsula

October 2012

--Are We There Yet? My Climb and Journey--Part IV | The Pitt Experience