How would you feel if CEOs told you & your family How to Vote? It is an alarming trend.
I read a post in Harvard Business Review about concerns with CEOs trying to influence how people vote There is even a PR research study on it. (Update: since this post there are also articles in The Washington Post, the Naples Daily News and other newspapers about why “Consumers aren’t buying CEO Politics”). I believe that Politics, Business & Religion are three very different realms, and they should not tell each other what to do. I am very concerned by a trend I am seeing among a handful of mostly male Davos CEOs and today, on the day that the UK Votes on #Brexit I am speaking up. The Economist had a cover post recently about how people’s Freedom of Speech is under attack (even on social media) and how it is time to Speak Up. It is one thing if a CEO is asked by an employee or friend what their view is on a political or religious topic. It is quite another for CEOs to be tweeting on a daily basis or appearing in front of the media and telling their Employees and Customers How to Vote (one American banker even threatened to take jobs away from the UK if they voted #Brexit and a California CEO has bullied US Governors, a female University President & many Moms). Many women executives have asked me to discuss this topic. WATCH my BREXIT VIDEO to UK-based Unilever CEO @PaulPolman (he’s been tweeting on how to vote on Brexit) and to all the Employees & Customers (70% Women) of this multinational company which owns Lever, Lipton, Dove, Axe, Hellmann’s & TreSemme. I highlight 5 Things people might want to know about Democracy. For now, I won’t be able to use Paul’s products as much as I like him. It goes against my conscience. CLICK TO VIEW:
Sandra Rupp is an Executive Coach and Anchor who was placed on the THINKERS50 Guru Radar List for the world’s top business thinkers. She has 20+ years experience advising the world’s top executives, a Kellogg/Northwestern MBA and studied International Business at Oxford. She wrote her History honors thesis on Democracy & the British Empire. She encourages employees who are uncomfortable with CEO activism to contact their Human Resources Deparment and give them her name as the Executive Coach. www.parthenonadvisors.com She has also initiated The Davos CEO Pledge to get more women invited to the World Economic Forum and more Diversity of Thought. Learn more at www.sandrarupp.com
Executive, Advisor, Anchor Sandra Rupp announces THE DAVOS CEO PLEDGE 2016-2017 & welcomes 5 Powerful CEOs, Viewers in 65 Countries & Richard Branson to help sponsor her!
FAVORITE QUOTE: “I don’t go by the rule book: I lead from the heart not the head.” Diana, Princess of Wales
The Davos Woman Challenge is now THE DAVOS CEO PLEDGE for 2017. Anchoring this Pledge, I am asking my Favorite Davos CEOs to commit to bring two or more female delegates to World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in January 2017 and to ask other CEOs to follow their lead (note: they must have a minimum 30% Female Delegates if their company brings extra delegates). I am also asking all Female CEOs to bring at least one other female delegate (a must have). With these actions and inviting more Women Leaders age 45+, I believe we will all achieve 30% Women at World Economic Forum very quickly. I am really excited World Economic Forum achieved a record 50% female Co-Chairs in January 2016 and many thanks all to my Davos Challenge Award Winners who invited female delegates to Davos this year (see prior post). Leaders, Companies, CEOs, CHROs: If you would like to participate or sponsor The Davos CEO Pledge for 2017, please contact Executive Coach Sandra Rupp at www.parthenonadvisors.com I invite all CEOs to interview with me on camera (with many years of experience in global executive search I like interviewing and will let you do the final edits). Follow Tweets @ExecCareerCoach I have met the nicest leaders on Twitter and YouTube.
“Introducing the priceless Sandra Rupp.” Paul Murphy, Founding Editor, FINANCIAL TIMES Alphaville
“In awe of Davos Woman, Sandra Rupp.” @FastCompany magazine reporter
Many thanks to Thinkers50 colleagues Don Tapscott, Bill George & Tom Peters for their gracious support.
Sandra Rupp was placed on the THINKERS50 Guru Radar list for the world’s Top Business Thinkers 2011-13. Prior to her career in global Executive Search & now Executive Coaching & Anchoring she worked for a Top Media CEO. She is an Executive Coach, CEO Advisor & Media Interviewer. In 2011 she was placed on the cover of the Davos Debates Video by the World Economic Forum and has been doing Executive Coaching, Content Creation and Anchoring videos ever since. To RSVP to The Davos CEO Pledge email email@example.com or click here to her LinkedIn profile
CREDITS: Music Blue Danube by Strauss. Video Wardrobe by Perry Ellis & Carlisle. French Cross by Christian LaCroix.
QUOTE: “Women enable success.” Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca Cola
It is with happiness & honor that I announce THE DAVOS CEO CHALLENGE Award Winners for 2016. I also have a special announcement which is: The Davos Challenge will now become THE DAVOS CEO PLEDGE for 2016-2017. This has always been my goal on how we will inspire other CEOs. Anchoring this Pledge, I am asking CEOs to commit to bring two or more female delegates to World Economic Forum 2017 and to ask other CEOs to follow their lead. I am also asking all Female CEOs to bring at least one other female delegate (a must have). With these two actions, I believe that within three years, we will achieve 30% Women at World Economic Forum. If you would like to participate or sponsor The Davos CEO Pledge, please contact Executive Coach Sandra Rupp at www.parthenonadvisors.com I invite all CEOs to interview with me on camera. Follow Tweets @ExecCareerCoach I have met the nicest leaders on Twitter and YouTube. And now Click to Meet my Heroes:
I was really excited that World Economic Forum had for the first time 3 of 6 Female Co-Chairs this year (a record 50% Women)! Many thanks to my CEOs, FT Alphaville, WSJ, Fast Company, Forbes as well as my favorite Thinkers 50 colleagues as I put my heart & soul into this project over the last two plus years. My Davos CEO Challenge 2016 was to five of my Favorite CEOs, and here are our exciting results (additional data at Quartz website).
Coca Cola: 2 Female Delegates of 5 =40% Women (more than his major competitor and up from 0 last year) Many thanks Muhtar Kent!
WPP Group: 1 Female Delegate of 2 for parent co. = 50% Women (Sir Martin Sorrell my favorite Math Man)!
Citigroup: 1 Female Delegate, but Michael Corbat had 2 Female Delegates in 2015 as previous winner!
Unilever: 1 Female Delegate, but Paul Polman gets Honorary Award as he appointed two women to his CEO team during the Challenge, so he is likely to have more Doves at Davos next year. Many thanks Paul!
Since Virgin didn’t list any delegates, we’re adding Bank of America: 4 Female Delegates of 7 = 57% Women! Way to go Brian Moynihan. And Sir Richard I’d love your support on the CEO Pledge.
The most important thing I learned from this Challenge: sometimes CEOs surprise you, but above all feelings count for both men & women. While I believe the talent is available for 30% Women at Davos, I think there are some ongoing myths about Women in Business Leadership. So I initiated a creative “Cannes Lions” strategy this year (with pretty dresses) to help “rebrand” the Look & Feel of Leadership asking: What Does Leadership Look Like to You? In my 20+ years of global executive search & executive coaching experience, I don’t believe home issues are holding back executive-level appointments for women in business at the larger companies. Executive women have high incomes to hire help and many have older children or no children (not one of my Fortune 100 clients ever mentioned this as their obstacle). I also don’t think women need to be more aggressive or less feminine. Indeed if anything the world has too much masculine energy! We see war looming and the highest economic inequality: these things will only be solved by what I call The Yin & Yang of Leadership. Inclusion now makes companies more profitable and helps avoid risky decisions. There was only one CEO, not in the challenge, who got upset with me when I asked the WSJ why he had only one woman on his CEO Team, but soon after he was sending his male executives to be counseled on that topic!
The world needs more Executive Women and baby boomer Female Founders at Davos (because 90% of US Female Founders – the most educated talent on the planet- are oddly one person companies). We need some creative brainstorming. While I couldn’t sleep for three nights when I saw the 18% overall Women in attendance at Davos, I rest better knowing I have five plus heroes here. CEOs & CHROs, I coach Executive Teams on Leadership, Talent Acquisition, Executive Communication, and Inclusive Advertising. I am currently working with a Silicon Valley CEO and coaching three men and women on his team. After donating six figures of video time, I do need more executive coaching work now. I will also be launching my 1st DVD/Video on Amazon on How to Navigate a 21st Century Career for my Viewers in 65 Countries. I am honored to have you watching. PS CEOs: You might see me in more suits now, but with the help of Paul Polman, Sir Martin & my other CEOs, there will be a lot more Doves descending upon Davos. I could have never achieved all of this without all of you! The world needs many more heroes (& heroines). Yin/Yang.
Let’s call it Gender Parity. We need more positive (and feminine) energy. Indeed the World Economic Forum tweeted a survey that key skills for 2020 include Creativity, Emotional Intelligence, and Critical Thinking skills. I couldn’t agree more as my history/arts degree is to me as valuable as my Kellogg MBA. Special Thanks to Paul Murphy at the Financial Times who has three daughters and has followed my videos, as well as to Don Tapscott, Bill George, Tom Peters & most of all these five amazing CEOs.
Sandra Rupp, Executive Coach & Anchor. Learn more at www.parthenonadvisors.com and www. sandrarupp.com She was placed on the cover of the Davos Debates in 2011 when she stated “Investing in & Empowering The Feminine Leadership Style is the largest economic opportunity worldwide.” She was also placed on the THINKERS50 Guru Radar List for the world’s top business thinkers for thought leadership on The Yin & Yang of Leadership. Sandra currently resides in Naples, FL. USA. CEOs & CHROs schedule an appointment to meet her at the Ritz Naples or meet with her on video calls.
Inspired by Athena, the helper of heroes & heroines and her former boss who created ET: Executive/Anchor Sandra Rupp created The Five Questions to Davos CEO Series on Smart TV. The future of women rests on their heroic shoulders.
I have donated my video time in asking five key companies to add Women to their Davos Delegate Teams for the DAVOS CEO CHALLENGE. I am honored to share I am delivering results: I had previously filmed Five Questions to Sir Martin & Muhtar Kent. CEO @CocaCola is bringing two female delegates to Davos (a sure winner for 2016) and WPP is on board with a new female delegate (with Sir Martin and one other WPP delegate listed that’s actually 50% Women for WPP parent company: Impressive way to bring the % up but he is a Math Man). We also have 50% Female Chairs this year! CEO @Citi brought two women last year. We will be watching for the final number from Unilever CEO who is well known for The Sustainable Living Plan & his impressive work on UN Global Goals. QUOTE: “Our brands are 80% there to serve women.” CEO Paul Polman
The shocking news is the current estimate for overall percentage of Davos Women is only 18%. We really need the 5 Davos Challenge CEOs to be our heroes and work with me on this project. My concern is many women can’t sleep at night, because over 100 Million Western Women in all age groups and many more around the globe don’t have Jobs, Opportunities or Angel Investors. We are not leveraging the talent of some or our most educated Western Women! This is the REASON I am working diligently and creatively on getting 30% Women to Davos (40% of my top school MBA class was women many years ago). In one last #ThinkPink Athena-inspired shot at getting more Doves to Davos, here are 5 Questions for Unilever CEO. With gratitude, Sandra Rupp, Executive & Anchor www.parthenonadvisors.com
Advice to all CEOs: What Does Leadership Look Like to You? Please call it Gender Parity (positive energy) not the Gender Gap. Don’t expect women leaders to be like men (some like yoga & fashion more than sports. Yes I’ve hit a hole in one, won a skeet tourney & helped get Women into Augusta, but my main interests are global business, digital media, and helping others). Hoping for a miracle in getting more CEOs to invite Women @Davos. I am happy to work on executive coaching & media projects for your companies or organizations.
Sandra Rupp previously achieved the Managing Director corner office in Global Executive Search, has a Kellogg MBA, studied at Oxford. She was placed on the THINKERS50 Guru Radar list for the world’s Top Business Thinkers for “The Yin & Yang of Leadership” and stated in the Davos Debates in 2011 that “Investing in & Empowering The Feminine Leadership Style is the largest economic opportunity worldwide.” She is rebranding the look & feel of leadership. Subscribe www.sandrarupp.com Many thanks to viewers in 65 Countries & especially to the 5 Key Davos CEOs.
The World Economic Forum meetings start on January 20th. The theme for Davos 2016 is “Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution.” Special thanks to Thinkers 50 colleague Don Tapscott for sending me his book on The Digital Economy .
I celebrated my birthday on January 11th and discovered via Google that Alice Paul was also born on this day in history. QUOTE: “There will never be a new world order until women are a part of it.” She was the suffragette strategist for the US Women’s Right to Vote. It got me thinking how important my Davos CEO Challenge is to not only me but to the whole world (including my viewers in 65 Countries)! As many know I am inviting five key Davos CEOs to bring two female delegates to the World Economic Forum to show the other Davos Men how it’s done. I have gotten nice responses from some of my CEOs and am hopeful we will have success stories to report soon. My goal with their help and yours is a Multimedia Strategy to ultimately achieve 30% Women at Davos. We have been stuck at 16% for years. I am inviting CEOs to work with me as an Executive Coach to their teams, and to interview with me on camera (don’t worry Davos Men I am a nice interviewer but also skilled, I worked in Executive Search for 18 years and went to Kellogg and Oxford). Here is a list of some of the Davos attendees although I won’t have the full corporate list and % women until Davos. Note: QZ just published a corporate list, but I want to give the CEOs the last minute to make additions of more women delegates.
KEY Davos CEOs include Paul Polman of Unilever, Martin Sorrell of WPP Group, Muhtar Kent of Coca Cola, Richard Branson of Virgin & the Winner of the Davos Challenge last year Michael Corbat of Citigroup. Michael brought two ladies to Davos. I had some pull with Citi HR as I worked on executive searches for them over the course of many years. I am now an Executive Coach and Media Interviewer. Many thanks to THINKERS50, FT Alphaville, Klaus & Hilde Schwab, Bill George, Don Tapscott, Bob Woodruff & especially my viewers in 65 Countries xo sandra. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:
“Introducing the priceless Sandra Rupp.” FINANCIAL TIMES Alphaville
“Thank you Sandra for your leadership on giving women greater voice at Davos.” Bill George, former CEO & Professor at Harvard Business School
“If there is one person I’d like to meet at #WEF it’s @ExecCareerCoach [Sandra Rupp]” a female WEF Editor delegate
Global Anchor Sandra Rupp achieved the corner office, has hit a hole in one, won a skeet tourney, and stands 6FT in her Jimmy Choos. She is @CareerExpert on YouTube and @ExecCareerCoach on Twitter. Sandra is helping to change the look & feel of leadership. Yin/Yang.
QUOTE: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” HELEN KELLER
HAPPY NEW YEAR to my Davos CEOs & Friends around the globe! Are you a LIGHTWORKER? Many of my Favorite CEOs, Leaders and Followers are. They have high Emotional Intelligence (#EQ) and are sharing their love and light with the world to create a Bright Future for everyone, not just themselves. If you would like to learn more about EQ check out the wonderful books by fellow THINKERS50 colleague Daniel Goleman on Amazon. Find out who are some of my favorite CEO s & Lightworkers here. CLICK TO VIEW:
Sandra Rupp is an Executive Coach & Anchor/Interviewer. She was placed on the THINKERS50 Guru Radar List and on the cover of the Davos Debates Video when she stated “Investing in The Feminine Leadership Style is the largest economic opportunity worldwide.” Sandra achieved the corner office, has hit a hole in one, won a skeet tourney, has a Kellogg MBA, studied at Oxford and stands 6 FT in her Jimmy Choos. But her favorite thing to do is to read, learn & influence global events and business. Her next goal is to help get 30% Women to Davos. She is asking 5 Key CEOs to help her & to interview on camera. STAY TUNED Learn more at www.parthenonadvisors.com & www.sandrarupp.com Watch for her DVDs & Videos on Demand coming soon to Amazon.
“Think big, Think positive. Never show any sign of weakness.” Louis Winthorpe III, TRADING PLACES movie quote. A WARM WELCOME to my Viewers in 65+ Countries & the 5 Davos CEOs with Power to Help Me get more Women to World Economic Forum: CEOs of WPP Group, Coca Cola, Unilever, Virgin & Citi.
“As the winds blow cold in Davos, Davos Woman is ready to roll” with Executive & Anchor Sandra Rupp cc @WEF @FT @WSJ @McKinsey
LEADERS, I am excited to share a brand New Davos Woman Challenge 2016 with my Favorite Davos CEOs. I am asking them to “Trade Places” for one day with a CEO Female Founder age 45+ with a Top School MBA & interview with me on camera. Yes I plan to choose a seasoned Harvard MBA Alum for WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell! I want to choose myself for Unilever CEO Paul Polman as I have the marketing Kellogg MBA and know a lot about his amazing Sustainable Living Plan. We will find a super creative Stanford MBA Alum for Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson, and we need a charismatic Cass B-School Alum for Coca Cola CEO Muhtar Kent. I have a smart Wharton finance Alum for Citi CEO Michael Corbat; after all he won The Davos Woman Challenge last year by bringing two female delegates to World Economic Forum. Davos CEOs are all cordially invited to interview with me on camera, sponsor the process & even make the final edits. With so many talented baby boomer ladies available with a mix of Corporate & CEO Founder experience, I figure my Davos CEOs will be extending offers to join their CEO Teams after just one day. And then we will have more female delegates for Davos! OUR GOAL: 30% Women. Watch the EXCLUSIVE INVITE VIDEO here:
“Introducing the priceless Sandra Rupp.” Paul Murphy, Founding Editor, FINANCIAL TIMES Alphaville
“Thank you Sandra for your leadership on giving women greater voice at Davos.” Bill George, former CEO Medtronic, Professor at Harvard Business School
“If there is one person I’d like to meet at #WEF it’s @ExecCareerCoach [Sandra Rupp] #DavosWoman” a female WEF Editor delegate
“In awe of Davos Woman, Sandra Rupp.” @FastCompany magazine reporter
Special thanks to Thinkers 50 author Don Tapscott for sending a copy of his best selling book on The Digital Economy (buy on Amazon.com).
Sandra Rupp was placed on the THINKERS50 Guru Radar list for the world’s Top Business Thinkers 2011-13. Prior to her career in global Executive Search & now Executive Coaching & Anchoring she worked for a Top Media CEO. She is an Executive Coach, CEO Advisor & Media Interviewer. CEOs, CHROs, Sponsors or Media who would like to work with her contact www.parthenonadvisors.com In 2011 she was placed on the cover of the Davos Debates Video by the World Economic Forum and has been anchoring videos ever since. The theme for the Davos Annual Meeting in January 2016 is “Mastering the 4th Industrial Revolution.” Subscribe to Sandra on YouTube @CareerExpert, Twitter @ExecCareerCoach & Google + at www.sandrarupp.com STAY TUNED
CREDITS: Ms. Rupp’s Wardrobe by StyleParis.com Video Music: “We Were Once Kings” by Silent Partner.