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Own Your Own Success: The Value of a MBA for Women


A LOT of attention has been drawn on leadership lately, especially in the forms of Sheryl Sandberg (COO, facebook), Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo!).

They are not the first women in leadership positions — Susan B. Anthony and Golda Meir are a couple to note. There are many more names that could be added to this list, be sure to note and share your favorites in the comments below!

What Are Your Thoughts??

   There is no doubt that the MBA is still the “degree of degrees”, more so when a woman is involved. We tend to put more weight on things that are unequal than equal — but we also tend to stereotype gender roles. What do you think will change this?

   History peppered with women leaders — is this an exception? or a choice?

   The Forté Foundation is aiming to have 20% of the boardrooms run by females — what commitments needs to hold for this dream to come true?

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Bredesen (Brett) Lewis was born and raised in New York City. He pursued his undergraduate studies at McGill University. Following McGill, Brett completed his MSc in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (LSE).

After graduating from the LSE, Brett pursued his interest in strategy and private equity at Bain & Company. At Bain, Brett worked extensively on private equity due diligences, post-acquisition turnarounds, and corporate strategy.

After two years at Bain, Brett sought to devote more time to the social sector, a lifelong passion, and took a leave of absence to move to San Francisco and work for The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm. After Bridgespan, Brett returned to Bain as a Senior Associate Consultant.

Brett is pursuing a joint Wharton-Lauder MBA and MA in the class of 2013. He speaks French, German and Portuguese and enjoys venture capital investing and entrepreneurship, having interned at Monashees Capital, a Brazilian venture capital fund.

All feedback, questions and comments are welcome at and please follow on Twitter @bredesen.

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Garrett O'Brien

Garrett is the Chairman for the Executive and Advisory Boards for The HRIS World Research Network

With 20+ years in roles as a client executive sponsor, project manager as well as functional / technical lead, Garrett is sought for his expertise globally.

He has an extensive background in implementing multi-product, multi-line HRIS environments using a systematic and needs-focused approach that provides a smoother transition from legacy to new systems.

Garrett’s previous clients include ADP, Case New Holland, Cushman & Wakefield, Honeywell International, Lubrizol, MAHLE, Sodexho USA, and many others ranging from SMB’s to the Fortune 50.

Currently, Garrett works from his home office near São Paulo, Brazil as the publisher and editor for The HRIS World Research Network. Also, he contributes articles for various other IT, Cloud, and HRIS blogs.

Garrett’s current roles…

♦ Publisher, editor, writer, and owner of 6 leading HRIS system and career blogs which are read by 45,000+ monthly visitors monthly in 90+ countries, 40%+ the audience being decision-makers in their organization (and about half of that being C-levels!).

♦ Serves on the Advisory Board for the CoreHR Community

♦ Is the CEO for CGServices USA, focusing on multi-provider, multi-line system for HRIS systems

♦ Is a Council and Education Member of Gerson Lehrman Group Council, helping institutions of the world leaders meet, engage and manage experts across a wide range of sectors and disciplines.

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HR and the Cloud

Isabella Chan of HR Matters talks to Garrett O’Brien about the growth of cloud computing and building a technology strategy around HR.

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