Winning Companies for Women: What do IBM, The New York Times Company and
Bristol-Myers Squibb have in common? They all made the National Association for Female Executives’ 2008 list of top companies for executive women. Here’s a look at the top 10, plus 15 other top companies and five nonprofits. Profiles of the top 10 companies are available here.

In the introduction, NAFE President Betty Spence writes:

To be named a NAFE Top Company, companies must have two or more women on the board. Then we crunch the numbers to determine the percentage of women in the following areas: board members, direct reports to the CEO, corporate executives, running major operations, on succession plans, and earning top compensation. We compute how many have profit-and-loss (P&L) responsibility, the essential experience for top jobs. Then we examine job rotations, training opportunities, and programs to support their success.

Despite the above success stories, NAFE must report a disturbing lack of progress, confirmed by Catalyst President Ilene Lang, who has found no growth for several years in the number of women serving on boards or as corporate officers. One possible reason for these stalling numbers may be the misconception that the glass ceiling is gone. "Companies are growing complacent," says Lang, "but just seeing one woman at the top doesn’t mean meritocracy. We should be seeing more women in senior leadership positions — close to half — given how many women have moved into middle management."

The Million-Dollar Question: Wall Street Journal careers columnist Perri Capell fields the question: "What advice do you have for women over 50 who want to re-enter the corporate world after a 10-year absence? I was a vice president when I left. Should I pursue a lower-level job? What should I say about the gap on my resume?"

Capell’s response begins with a question: "Are you sure you want to go back to the corporate world?" and she proceeds to give some very comprehensive advice.

"Redrawing the Art World": That’s the title of this past Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, but it’s the subtitle that really made us look: "Women Who Are Expanding the Boundaries of How We See, What We See and Where We See It."

Inside are stories on Miucia Prada, who has been building her own art foundation for a decade, and curator Mari Carme Ramirez, who has helped put Latin America at the center of the international art world. There’s also a photo series of women who are funding art projects throughout New York. To be honest, though, we would have liked even more.

Plus: Don’t miss the lovely "Lives" column about a 17-year-old’s remembrance of her grandmother.

A Leading Lady of D.C. Theater: The Washington Post sits in on a meeting with Studio Theater founding artistic director Joy Zinoman and "five guys."

"This is Zinoman’s — and Studio’s — 30th year of putting on dramas in Washington, a milestone that reaffirms her position as the dean of the region’s first-rank artistic directors, and one achieved by a combination of savvy, patience and the nerve to ask, ‘Why not?’" writes Peter Marks.

All Aboard: The New York Transit Museum tonight (March 24) presents a panel discussion on women’s roles in the traditionally male dominated transportation industry, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

The program moderator is Rachel Weinberger, assistant professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania. Panelists include: Cosema Crawford, senior vice-president and chief engineer for Capital Program Management at MTA NYC Transit; Veronique Hakim, acting president and general counsel for MTA Capital Construction; and Linda Kleinbaum, MTA’s deputy executive director for administration.

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