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Understanding Female Talent in Emerging BRIC Markets

January 31, 2012 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Bloomberg.com) -- Julia Jia was the first girl from her small village in Shandong Province to go to university. Now 30, she works for Louis Vuitton China's retail department and would like to have a career in luxury goods, perhaps in sales development or public relations. "Of course, I want to be in top management," Jia says, echoing the high-flying aspirations that have catapulted so many Chinese women into the business elite. Then in a seeming contradiction, she adds that she worries about work/life balance. "I would feel frustrated working 60 to 70 hours a week," she confesses. "If there were a conflict with taking care of my children or elders, I would give up my career."

Jia's attitude astonishes colleagues in their 40s and 50s. As the first university graduates to emerge from Communism to a newly developing China in the 1980s and 90s, those women didn't hesitate to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to their careers. But according to data from the Center for Talent Innovation (formerly the Center for Work-Life Policy), today's younger generation is different. "The mindset has really changed," notes an HR manager for a major multinational corporation. "Women now talk about facials and traveling and all the things that the older generation didn't think about until they were more established."

The next generation of global leaders will differ in fundamental ways from the people now heading up countries and corporations. Our research into female talent in emerging markets concludes that many will be women: Just as in the United States, where women college graduates now outnumber men, women are flooding into universities and graduate schools in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the BRIC markets), accounting for 60% of students enrolled in tertiary education in Brazil, 57% in Russia, and 47% in China.

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New York Forum Day One Tackles Key Issues: Creating Jobs, China’s Future and Empowering Women

June 21, 2011 12:30 by Ann Pace

(From Business Wire) -- In the first day of the second annual New York Forum, leading experts offered insights on creating jobs in the U.S., China’s future and the importance of empowering women as a tool for economic development.

"For a second consecutive year, the New York Forum brought together a fully committed group of top business leaders who shared more optimism and who are very focused on bringing solutions to the major issues that the economy is facing," said Richard Attias, founder of The New York Forum and Chairman of Richard Attias & Associates.

A high-level panel of members of President Barack Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness called for a focus on entrepreneurship, reforming immigration, investing in public-private partnerships and a renewed spirit of optimism to spur job creation.

Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama, said creating jobs is challenging but attainable and “There is reason to be optimistic.” While the President believes long-term, sustainable job growth rests with the private sector, she said, investing in big infrastructure projects will help jump-start the economy. Fast-tracking those projects is an immediate priority.

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StepStone Solutions named "Best Talent Management Software Provider in Greater China"

April 7, 2011 13:30 by Ann Pace

(From marketwire) -- The China operation of StepStone Solutions, a global leader in talent management solutions, has been named "Best Talent Management Software Provider in Greater China" by HRoot, the leading management media company in Human Resources in China.

Approaching its 6th year, the awards are recognised as a key indicator of the leading providers in different HR service categories in China. StepStone Solutions China was named this year as "Best Talent Management Software Provider in Greater China 2010-2011" for its track record in providing local language talent management solutions, excellent implementation support, and seamless, Internet-based access for HR and employee users from anywhere in the country. The award category is a new entry in 2011, reflecting the evolution in HR management in the emerging China market. StepStone Solutions is the first winner in the category.

Since commencing in business in March 2009, StepStone Solutions China has developed a highly localised operation for the region that provides direct project implementation for Talent Acquisition and Talent Management across Beijing, Shanghai, Fujian, Shenzhen and Sichuan. Successful localisation in China of StepStone Solutions' powerful global technology is also demonstrated by the wide spectrum of customer categories supported, ranging from government agencies and local companies to multinational and medium-sized enterprises.

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The Battle for Female Talent in China: New Study from the Center for Work-Life Policy

March 22, 2011 13:15 by Ann Pace

(From PRWEB) -- A new study by the Center for Work-Life Policy finds that the solution to China’s search for skilled talent is closer at hand than it may appear: highly qualified Chinese women. The study findings were announced today at an event at the new Intel Beijing office in the Beijing Global Trade Center with remarks by Edward Tse, Chairman for Greater China, Booz & Company, among others.

Just as China is feeling the talent squeeze of rapid growth, Chinese women are emerging as a deeply qualified and ambitious talent pool, rivaling not only Chinese men but also their US counterparts. The study reveals the extent to which Chinese women are surpassing their peers, but also how they’re impacted by cultural traditions and demographic trends that are quite different from their female counterparts in other nations.

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Survey: Skills lack sends jobs overseas

January 21, 2011 16:27 by jllorens

(From newsobserver.com) Despite the depressed economy, many U.S. companies that move jobs overseas are doing so because of a lack of skilled workers here, and not because of the savings, according to a new survey.

Companies surveyed late last year reported that a number of factors influence their decisions to move jobs offshore, including the location of the best service provider and the quality of the infrastructure in place. Even though cost savings are significant, the survey found that the average savings of moving jobs offshore is declining.

The software sector has the highest ratio of offshore versus domestic employees, which could be a "reflection of a scarcity of domestic science and engineering graduates in the U.S.," said Arie Lewin, Fuqua Professor of Strategy and International Business at Duke University.

The study was performed by the Center for International Business Education and Research's Offshoring Research Network at Duke's Fuqua School of Business and research association The Conference Board. It was the sixth annual study on the topic.

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