Joan Michelson

Hire The Outliers: What Else We Can Learn From Megan Rapinoe

What if U.S. Women’s Soccer had not hired Rapinoe because she was just too “different”? Would they still be repeat World Cup Champions? In a recent Boston Consulting Group survey of senior executives, 76% “listed innovation as a ‘top-three’ strategic priority—the highest level in the survey’s history,” which goes back to 2004.  And yet, “77% of CEOs find it difficult to get the creativity and innovation skills they need,” according to a recent PwC survey. Why the disconnect? They keep hiring the wrong people! read more

Forgotten Hero Of The Suffrage Movement And A Source For “Wonder Woman”

As we commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment that gave women that right to vote, we pay homage to those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line for this momentous effort: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the other women of the suffrage movement are well known. We should also celebrate the women journalists of the time, like Miriam Michelson, whose relentless and vivid coverage was pivotal in achieving passage of this important amendment that gave women the right to vote. read more