Thursday, June 3, 2010

Women and Leadership

There was a joke doing the rounds at the start of the global financial crisis: If the company at the center of the crisis had been called Lehman Sisters instead of Lehman Brothers, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are now. It raised a smile at the time, but how much truth is there in the humour? How much different would the world be if more women were pushing the levers of power in business and politics?

Xu Qinduo, Julia Broussard, Yang Jia, Helen Zhang, Chris Gelken

We put that question and many more to a very impressive line up of guests:

Ripa Rashid, Senior Vice President, Center for Work-Life Policy

Helen Zhang, Managing Director, ChinaTime Inc and author of 'Think like a Chinese"

Prof. Yang Jia, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Vice Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Member, of Women's Federation Division of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Julia Broussard, Country Programme Manager, Project Office in China, UNIFEM

Julia Broussard and Helen Zhang in the Today studio

In the words of one of our colleagues who was listening to the show outside in the newsroom, "It was inspiring." If you only download one podcast this week, this should be the one.

If you are in the mood to be inspired, listen to Women and Leadership on Today!

Xu Qinduo, Julia Broussard, Yang Jia, Lv Xiaohong, Helen Zhang, Chris Gelken

And since the show was all about women taking responsibility and a leadership role, we thought it only right and proper that our producer, Lv Xiaohong, join us for another show photograph!

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