Wittenberg-Cox to speak on gender and business world



Lori Humphreys | Staff Writer

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, founder of the Chautauqua Professional Women’s Network, will return today at 1 p.m. to the Chautauqua Women’s Clubhouse living room to discuss “Gender Balancing the Business World: What Is Taking So Long?”

The focus of her presentation is the controversial debate between Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter and Facebook COO and board member Sheryl Sandberg about work-life balance issues for working wives and mothers.

Wittenberg-Cox organized and developed the Network during the 2009 Season, focusing much of her energy on the project. The presentations have evolved into a popular venue. The informal lectures are an opportunity for Chautauqua women to share their professional expertise.

The lectures have also featured speakers who enjoy a national reputation such as Sara Laschever, co-author of Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation — and Positive Strategies for Change.

“I did this because I am interested in women, who they are and what they do, sharing the professional dimension of their lives,” Wittenberg-Cox said in a 2009 Chautauquan Daily article.

Balancing the skills of men and women in the workplace is the touchstone of Wittenberg-Cox’s career. She is CEO of leading gender consultancy firm 20-first, author of How Women Mean Business: A Step by Step Guide to Profiting from Gender Balanced Business and co-author of Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution. She is also founder and honorary president of the European Professional Women’s Network.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Avivah received a master’s degree from INSEAD and completed the Women’s Leadership Program at Harvard. This is her 16th season at Chautauqua Institution.