Fostering Women’s Leadership Starts With Your Friends

first_imgIt turns out the advice is true – breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Last week I joined 650 leaders for breakfast at a meeting of The Boston Club, a community of women executives promoting the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles. The Boston Club began as a small but dedicated group that started nearly 40 years ago. It has now grown to an organization of almost 700 members spanning a broad array of industries and professions, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs who connect both as a “club and a cause.” The meeting I attended began at 7:15 on a Friday morning, and you would be surprised how many people enjoy starting the day with a healthy discussion about women’s leadership.I was fortunate enough to sit next to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who gave the keynote address to the packed room. Governor Baker, who has direct experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the private sector, encouraged everyone to continue efforts to bring more women into leadership positions. He challenged those who continually question women’s “readiness” to be leaders and cited the valuable asset that women have had for years – our professional networks – as key to advancing the cause.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addresses members of The Boston ClubThe governor advised us to “make new friends” who will help us transform the representation of women in leadership positions. Governor Baker described his own journey to increase the number of women in leadership positions in state government (where everything really is political) and how he has learned to ignore differences such as party affiliations to bring in the best candidate, wherever she may be.My next breakfast will feature coffee for 10,000. I’m lucky enough to be attending the Massachusetts Conference for Women, which is held every year in Boston but draws attendees from all over the world. The talent and power in the room is impressive, and it gives me added confidence to know that the advocates for women’s leadership are continuing to grow and strengthen. Conference speakers include thought leaders from corporations, television, fashion, politics and academia, just to name a few.Wherever in the world you are reading this, I hope you will join me in one of my 2016 resolutions: to make new friends, and renew connections with long-standing ones. The Massachusetts Conference for Women is just one opportunity to expand your network, and there are many others throughout the world. Attend one in your area and add your voice and vision to the mix. The impact we can have on women’s leadership is profound, and we can all share in the results of a fully inclusive workplace that we build and sustain together.last_img read more

Virtual Workstations Made Even Easier With The Expanded Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse

first_imgVirtual workstations continue to gain momentum in the industry as a way to deliver high-performance workstation class desktops in a secure and efficient way. For organizations whose employees have been tied to physical workstations or be forced to deal with frustrating file replication solutions, virtual workstations offers a breath of fresh air.Organizations can leverage the power of virtual workstations to centralize compute, storage and networking infrastructure that houses their valuable IP whilst securely making applications and data accessible to its highly paid engineers and designers whenever and wherever they need it.Customers in a variety of industries have embraced virtual workstations and the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse as a way to drive enhanced mobility, security and agility.A recent customer success story is Burns Engineering, a leading engineering and construction management firm headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. I share below some of the key aspects of the company’s implementation and its associated benefits. For additional details, please view the case study on Dell.com.Building on the customer successes to-date and market momentum, Dell is pleased to announce an expansion in the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse product family. The expanded offering now leverages Dell’s flagship PowerEdge R730 server coupled with NVIDIA’s high powered Tesla M60 GRID 2.0 technology and virtualization software VMware ESXi, VMware Horizon and Citrix XenDesktop.Customers now have a choice of two configurations, one based on the Dell Precision Rack 7910 and GRID K2A, and one based on Dell PowerEdge R730 and NVIDIA Tesla M60.This expanded portfolio offers customers a number of enhanced benefits, such as higher user density (up to 32 users per appliance), greater choice with respect to compute platform and desktop virtualization broker, and support for the latest generation secure thin and zero Dell Wyse clients, such as the Wyse 7040 thin client and Wyse 5212 AIO.For additional details on the Dell Precision Appliance for Wyse, be sure to check out the product website or have a quick read of the product datasheet.last_img read more

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal’s presidential election

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa captured 61% of the vote Sunday to serve a final five-year term. He had widely been expected to win. Rebelo de Sousa devoted most of his victory speech to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying his first thoughts went to its victims and promising to work for an economic recovery once it was over. Socialist candidate Ana Gomes came second with 13% but close behind in third was André Ventura, a newly arrived right-wing populist whose 12% was a stunning development. Such a showing for Ventura would have been unthinkable until recently and will send a shudder through Portuguese politics.last_img

Man charged in rhino horns, elephant ivory trafficking case

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A man charged with conspiring to smuggle 10 tons of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns has been extradited to the United States from Kenya. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said Mansur Mohamed Surur arrived Monday to face the charges in Manhattan federal court. An indictment charged him with conspiring in the illegal poaching of over 35 rhinoceros and more than 100 elephants. Surur pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance and was detained. He was arrested by Kenyan authorities in Mombasa, Kenya, last July. Two co-defendants were brought to the United States last spring to face charges. A fourth individual is a fugitive.last_img