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A Team Effort:  Carly Alameda on Competition and Collaboration in In-House/Law Firm Alliance

The next generation of leaders in the legal world must master companies’ evolving expectations of in-house counsel and maximize the use of outside counsel.  Carly Alameda, a business litigation partner at Farella Braun + Martel in San Francisco, wants to make sure women are positioned to, at the very least, share equally in that leadership.  “The numbers of women attorneys currently in leadership positions and positions of influence should be much better, especially in law firms,”  Alameda explains.  “And the current evolution in the legal marketplace presents an opening for new leaders to emerge.  This is a perfect opportunity for…

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There Is Gender Equality in the Privacy Field…But Will it Last?

In recent ACC, IAPP, and VentureBeat articles, we explored the subject of gender parity and disparity in the privacy and security professions. There are stark differences in how the two intersecting professions treat women. According to data from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the median salaries for privacy professionals are equal between men and women, and women are as likely as men to hold leadership positions in the field. In contrast, the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2’s most recent Global Information Security Workforce Study reports that “women in the information security profession represent 10% of the workforce — a percentage that is unchanged…

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What Women in Other Industries Can Learn from Women in Privacy

In a business world plagued by gender disparity, careers in privacy are a welcome oasis of equality. “Women and men who are coming into the privacy profession can be confident that they'll find a modern and balanced workforce and that they'll be rewarded for their experience and expertise, not their chromosome count,” the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) proudly declares. Women seem to thrive in the privacy profession, a fast-growing technical and interdisciplinary field that incorporates technology, social issues, and public policy.  The most recent survey by IAPP shows that women are equally represented and compensated in the privacy field. First,…

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Have You Hired Your Boss Lately?

Throughout my career I have found interesting and satisfying employment and extracurricular opportunities in many different, though entirely predictable ways. I relied on my schools' formal recruiting processes, job application websites, the referrals of friends and strangers, and recruiters. Of course, I also used social networking tools such as LinkedIn, where I normally heard from recruiters, managers, and leaders. I lived a very standard, predictable prospective candidate experience.  Everything changed about eight months ago. I was happily employed and decisively loved my job. Though I was contemplating future opportunities — three to five years in the future — I was…

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Women Can Do Anything: Lessons from the White House’s United State of Women Summit

The air was buzzing with optimism and revolutionary spirit. The amount of talent, intellect, passion, and collective perseverance was positively inspiring and overwhelming in the best way possible. And the physical experience of witnessing 5,000 women in the same room, supporting the advancement and empowerment of women, made us realize that anything is possible. Yes, anything! As the representatives of the Women Serve on Boards Movement to the first-ever United State of Women Summit, sponsored by the White House in Washington DC on June 13-15, we were awestruck and empowered. It was beyond exciting to rub shoulders with amazing local…

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