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Ketchum and Room to Read CEOs Talk #PressForProgress on International Women’s Day

I had the honor of kicking off Women’s History Month and our efforts to support International Women’s Day’s #PressForProgress campaign by moderating a special conversation between two CEOs – Ketchum’s CEO Barri Rafferty and Geetha Murali, the CEO of our pro bono partner Room to Read, an organization that believes that world change starts with educating children. Both of these women happened to start their new roles in January and both are running organizations during rapidly changing and unpredictable times.

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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is on International Women’s Day

Only seven percent of venture capital funding goes to women-owned businesses, and female entrepreneurs are often encouraged to “act like men” so they can relate better to the 89 percent of male venture capitalists. On the angel funding side, about 26 percent of angel investors are women and there is rising interest in investing in women-owned and led businesses. I’ve always been intrigued by venture capital and angel funding, while being equally disturbed by its gender gap.

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International Women’s Day 2017: How to Communicate when Purpose and Politics Collide

Jennifer on the floor of the NYSE

International Women’s Day is a time when we collectively celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. It also can be a moment in time for companies to highlight women and their achievements and roles in industry.

This year, March 8 will not only be celebrated by the United Nations – with a focus on “Women in the Changing World of Work” – but it will be also be leveraged as a global “Day Without a Woman,” which calls for a one day strike of women worldwide, giving the normal day of celebration a significantly more political tone.

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#IWD2016: Illustrating Illustrious Women Who Broke Through

International Women’s Day is a time to recognize the tremendous hurdles women have had to overcome, and to renew our own commitment to removing those hurdles and leveling the playing field. As we collectively recognize the countless contributions of women in all walks of life on #IWD2016, I find myself personally inspired by the topic of women who “broke through” throughout history. Women who, in many cases, defied all odds to redefine a woman’s role and, in doing so, helped narrow the gap with their male counterparts. With amazing illustrations by Ketchum’s Creative Strategist Jeff Lewonczyk, we’ve identified some of these women and their groundbreaking achievements (click to tweet).

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Parity Does Not Have to Be Rarity: Three Actions to Take Now

I was talking with my son and daughter, ages 15 and 12, about gender equality and compensation parity. They don’t quite understand why I believe the topics are concerning issues, and I think that’s a great thing. Through their Gen-Z lenses, they see parity in many ways, which I hope continues throughout their lives. But for those of us older than 15, who may still see and experience the lack of parity in both obvious and subtle ways, the theme for International Women’s Day 2016, #PledgeForParity, is welcome (click to tweet).

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International Women’s Day: #MakeItHappen

In celebration of International Women’s Day (#IWD2015), we reached out across Ketchum’s global network with an ask to support the initiative: select a woman who has encouraged you to #MakeItHappen, the theme of IWD this year.

Our goal is to shine a light on the women in all of our lives who have inspired, encouraged or taught us valuable life lessons.

Here are some of our favorite responses:

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