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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Technological and Economic Leap for New York City: The (New) Quantum Coast

By Randy Segal

Through its land grant on Roosevelt Island for a technology campus and selection of a partnership between New York’s Cornell University and Israel’s Technion University, New York City is changing the focus of technology incubation and fueling an economic revival. This mirrors the type of innovative initiative which our Global Women’s Executive Summit panels, including NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, discussed as necessary to restart the economy.

“Today will be remembered as a defining moment. In a word, this project is going to be transformative,” said Mayor Bloomberg of the selection.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

When a Trailblazer Leaves Work

by Dori Ann Hanswirth

We heard from so many impressive women at the Hogan Lovells Women’s Executive Summit in October, many of them mothers and even grandmothers, who kept their careers going while raising children.  One thing we did not talk about, however, is what may inspire a woman to decide to leave her career. Michele Flournoy, the chief policy adviser to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and one of the highest-ranking women in the Pentagon, recently announced that she is leaving her job in February to “rebalance” her life.  Flournoy, 51, married, and the mother of three children ages 14, 12, and 9, has decided to spend more time with her family.  Two years ago, Flournoy said during an interview that she valued being a mentor to other women:  “The thing I feel the most is wanting to do well by the younger women who are counting on me to kind of open doors and blaze a trail for them.”  Now that Flournoy is stepping down, should those younger women still look to her as a role model?  In my view, the answer is a resounding yes.