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GEC #11 Marisela Escobedo Ortiz

Author: Justine Cebe FM Mexico - GEC Co-Country Principal Today's protagonist is a woman who has carried a burden on her shoulders that few other people would have been able to carry. We are not talking about a politician or a business woman, much less an acclaimed writer; this is the story of a mother, Marisela Escobedo Ortiz. Before talking about her tragic fate, let's try to retrace the sad...

GEC #10 Momoko Nojo

Author: Kevin Naylor FM Japan - GEC Country Principal The early 1990s were often described as onna no jidai or “the era of women”. Women in Japan had not only attained a large measure of equality in a highly affluent society, but they could exercise freedom in choosing from a variety of options. At that time, it seemed they could aspire to lead fulfilling, happier, fuller, and more balanced lives...

Brief Excursus of Microsoft Excel’s Creation

Author: Salvatore Corradi - FM Chairman Everyone knows Microsoft Excel, the popular spreadsheet system, which organizes data in columns and rows that can be manipulated through formulas that allow the software to perform mathematical functions on the data. The first spreadsheet on a personal computer was called VisiCalc (short for "visible calculator") and was created in 1978 by a Harvard Business School student, Daniel Bricklin and a software engineer, Bob Frankston. Bricklin...

GEC #9 Gro Harlem Brundtland

Author: Ida Brynildsen FM Scandinavia - GEC Country Principal In an in-depth interview for Japanese political affairs magazine Chuo-Koron, Gro Harlem Brundtland discussed everything from the secret of successful leadership to achieving a nuclear weapon-free world. When she was asked about the most necessary characteristics to be a leader she answered: “I think you have to be grounded in yourself. You have to trust your own instincts. You have to...

It is not the Time to abandon Onboarding, it’s Time to make it virtual

Author: Salvatore Corradi - FM Chairman More than a year after the start of the pandemic and it is fair to say that the economic and political environment is confused, uncertain and still very concerned. The COVID-19 has caused employers to switch up their hiring and onboarding practices.  In this new business environment, where the office is no longer the central hub for employees to gather as one “clan”, companies...

Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs

Author: Salvatore Corradi - FM Chairman Economic science is the allocation of limited resources according to the infinite needs, motivations and expectations of individuals. But, how do you define needs?   In 1954, the American psychologist Abraham Harold Maslow formulated a pyramid of needs. It is a motivational model of human development based on a "hierarchy of needs", that is a series of five "needs" arranged hierarchically on the basis...

GEC #8 Sofia Bekatorou

Author: Angela Dimou FM Greece - GEC Country Principal Gender-based violence can happen to anyone, children or adults, regardless of one's gender orientation or sexual identity. We are living in a moment in history in which traditional power structures are being meaningfully challenged and marginalized voices are speaking out about their experiences. These voices are an attempt to challenge our current heteropatriarchal world. Heteropatriarchy refers to a social and political...

GEC #7 Neelie Kroes

Author: Marloes Claessens FM Netherlands - GEC Country Principal “My advice for more women in top jobs: be daring, claim and enjoy your position at the table, introduce other great women. You already make the difference by being female. To organisations: equality is a success if for every mediocre man you select with the same ease mediocre women.” Neelie Kroes was born on 19 July 1941 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She...