Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ayn Rand, Where Are You?

On Monday, May 5, the Wall Street Journal's Erin White ranked the top most influential business thinkers: Gary Hamel, No. 1. This article follows up a recent story in USA Today talking about rich entrepreneurs.

Who's missing from both groups? Women.

Not a single one popped up in the Journal's Top 20 list. Rankings were based on Google hits, media mentions and academic citations. But, I say where there's weakness, there's opportunity.

I would love to hear about more female speakers. (Better still, I'd love to BECOME one!) Yet, most of today's wealthy women are still making their money through inheritance or divorce. So, why aren't there more influential women business thinkers on these lists? How can this change? If you're a man, would you be motivated to hear a female speaker? If no, why not? If yes, who?

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