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Hot Tamales
There’s a new food truck in town! Almeida Foods, based in Cuba, Illinois, set up shop on Hamilton Boulevard last month to serve its “Corn Country Tamales.” The first business to obtain a permit under the City of Peoria’s new food-truck ordinance, it offers a selection of burritos, tamales and similar fare served year-round, from 8am to 2pm each weekday. Under the new ordinance, two additional vendor slots on Hamilton remain open.

Mind the Gap
According to research by the American Association of University Women, women working full time in the U.S. in 2014 were typically paid just 79 percent of what men were paid for the same job, accounting for a gap of 21 percent.What is the pay gap? The difference in men’s and women’s median earnings, usually reported as the earnings ratio between men and women or as an actual pay gap.


Highest-Paid Female CEOs 
(public U.S. companies)

  1. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!, $42.1.million
  2. Martine Rothblatt, United Therapeutics, $31.6 million
  3. Carol Meyrowitz, TJX Companies, $23.3 million
  4. Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard, $19.6 million
  5. Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo, $19.1 million

Highest-Paid Male CEOs 
(public U.S. companies)

  1. David M. Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million
  2. Michael T. Fries, Liberty Global, $111.9 million
  3. Mario J. Gabelli, GAMCO Investors, $88.5 million
  4. Satya Nadella, Microsoft, $84.3 million
  5. Nicholas Woodman, GoPro, $77.4 million

Source: Equilar 200 CEO Pay Study 

Aspiring Higher…
Six in ten working women aspire to be a senior leader of a company or organization, and more than half aspire to serve on a board of directors. However, six in ten don’t see themselves as leaders, while over 50 percent admit they’re more cautious, as women, about taking steps toward leadership roles.

That’s the central finding in a recent study of 3,000 professional women by the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG. The study, which seeks to understand the imbalance between men and women in senior leadership positions, identified confidence as the trait most essential to leadership success, yet fewer than half of survey respondents personally identified as confident. In addition, two thirds of working women said they learned the most important leadership lessons from other women, while 82 percent believe that networking with female leaders will help them advance in their careers. In light of these findings, KPMG suggests the following steps to move more women into workplace leadership:


Head Honchos
The jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor announced the top 50 winners of the 2015 Employees’ Choice Awards for the Highest Rated CEOs at Larger Companies (and Highest Rated CEOs at Small & Medium Companies)… and guess what? They’re all men.

  1. Larry Page,
    Google, 97% approve
  2. Mark G. Parker,
    Nike, 97% approve
  3. Charles C. Butt,
    H-E-B, 96% approve
  4. Mark Zuckerberg,
    Facebook, 95% approve
  5. Scott Scherr,
    Ultimate Software, 95% approve
  6. Hugh Grant,
    Monsanto Company, 95% approve
  7. Lloyd C. Blankfein,
    Goldman Sachs, 95% approve
  8. John E. Schlifske,
    Northwestern Mutual, 95% approve
  9. Glenn Johnson,
    Insight Global, 94% approve
  10. Tim Cook,
    Apple, 94% approve

Assessing Leadership Culture
Evaluating the culture of your company is critical in determining whether persistence will pay off, or whether you should seek out new endeavors. Nadine Haupt, author of Fall in Love with Monday Mornings: The Career Woman’s Guide to Increasing Impact, Influence and Income, advises women to ask the following 10 questions, in addition to determining their own strengths, values and priorities:

  1. How many women serve on the board of directors and are represented in senior leadership?
  2. What is the senior leadership commitment to advance women at all levels of the organization?
  3. What networks are available or unavailable to women?
  4. What leadership development plan process for individuals does the organization have? How proportionately are women represented in the process?
  5. What measurement of results to show achievement of more women in higher-level positions does the organization use?
  6. What is the perception of fairness amongst all employees—men and women?
  7. What evidence is there that the right people are being promoted for the right reasons?
  8. How well are senior-level men sponsoring women?
  9. How open and comfortable do leaders appear discussing the aspirations of women and asking about them?
  10. How do women in the organization feel in terms of belonging and being treated equally?

The Mom Blogger

So you want to be a mom blogger? Join the club. According to eMarketer, moms account for nearly 18 percent of adult bloggers in the U.S. and nearly 20 percent of adult blog readers, making for a mighty powerful marketing segment. Brands target mom bloggers for their authenticity—they tend to write about brands they love or hate—and for their reach.

According to a 2012 BlogHer poll of 37 million readers, 61 percent of U.S. online consumers say they make purchases based on blog recommendations. But with over four million mom bloggers online today, is the dream still feasible? It is with the right approach, suggests Cassie Boorn, who launched her wildly popular mom blog in 2008. Boorn’s new startup, Modern Thrive, helps people build fulfilling careers and explore new career opportunities… Check out her advice at 

Women On Board

The nonprofit 2020 Women on Boards conducts research on the gender composition of the boards of directors of large U.S. firms. Its 2020 Gender Diversity Directory found that women held 18.8 percent of board seats in 2015, up from 17.7 percent in 2014. In addition, 45 percent of all companies now have 20 percent or more women on their boards. Read the full report at iBi