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California Passes First Legislation to Encourage More Women on Boards

For the past eight years, Watermark, in partnership with the University of California, Davis, has conducted the Study of California Women Business Leaders, a census and report on the status of women on boards and in top positions in Fortune 400 companies in California. In this Huffington Post blog, Marilyn Nagel, CEO of Watermark discusses the step that Resolution 62 takes, urging California companies to have equitable and diverse gender representation.

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Legislator Calls for More California Companies to Put Women on Their Boards

Prompted by our eight years of research on women business leaders in California, California becomes the first state in U.S. to urge more women on corporate boards. State Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 62 by 30-6 vote. Dean Currall and Researcher Amanda Kimball are cited.

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Facebook Exec Sheryl Sandberg to Kick off ‘Women’s Voices’ Lecture Series Today in Sacramento

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who turns 44 next week, authored a book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” that’s been praised as empowering and attacked as elitist in encouraging women to speak up and advance their careers.

That message will be part of her talk today in Sacramento, where Sandberg is the inaugural speaker in “Women’s Voices,” a lecture series hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, a bipartisan group of 31 female legislators from the state Senate and Assembly.

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Why Men Are In Danger In This Market And What They Can Do About It

While men currently exhibit a higher level of investment knowledge, it’s been outweighed by the women’s emotional advantages when it comes to investment management. This article in Forbes offers some options that men can consider to avoid the effect of “testosterone overload” when it comes to investment management. Professor Barber’s research is cited.

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Study: Cheaters Pressured to Cheat, on a Bike or Wall Street

If you think you and your office colleagues are far removed from the deviant behavior of the cheating, dope-using Tour de France cyclists, you might want to think again.

A new study by Professor Don Palmer found that those elite cyclists using performance-enhancing drugs are not unlike Wall Street traders who cheat. Both types of cheaters do so “because of extreme pressure to perform,” according to a news release.

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Brent-WTI spread dips below $5 but analysts say it will grow

International and domestic crude oil prices narrowed the price gap to less than $5 last week, but many analysts predict that growing domestic production will cause the gap to widen again by the end of the year. “Even if we have this temporary narrowing because of new pipelines coming on, the long term trend is that that gap will widen,” said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability at UC Davis.

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People Choose Baby Names to Be Fashionable

Parents these days name their babies Jacob or Isabella instead of John or Mary for similar reasons that people decades ago bought cars with tailfins instead of Edsels — because they are fashionable, according to a new University of California, Davis, study.

Hema Yoganarasimhan, an assistant professor and marketing expert in the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, reviewed favored baby name cycles since 1940 and has made some interesting discoveries when it comes to baby-name trends.

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University System Chancellor Reviewed Conducted Behind Closed Doors

According to a new report, the Texas A&M University System chancellor’s annual review takes place behind closed doors and without written records made available to the public. Kimberly Elsbach, UC Davis associate professor of management, said private evaluations allow regents to be frank in their impressions, but could also lead to people misunderstanding the process.

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Improved Crude Transportation Reduces Price Spread
More infrastructure helps reduce spread between West Texas, Brent crude

Increased rail transport and more pipeline infrastructure are narrowing the gap between international and domestic oil prices. Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability at UC Davis, says new pipelines and other transportation modes help alleviate “giant price aberrations.”

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In Bid for Keystone, Visions of a Greener Pipeline

President Obama defined the criteria this week for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry heavy crude from Alberta, Canada, to American refineries, and must not “significantly” worsen global warming. Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for energy and sustainability at UC Davis, says there is a huge amount at stake for the oil companies who will have to develop cleaner technologies.

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UC Davis Graduate School of Management to Present Sustainability Investment Performance Research to CalPERS Board

(Sacramento, CA) — University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management faculty will present research to a California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) board of administration meeting on June 17 to advise the nation’s largest public pension fund on sustainability factors and the impact they have on financial performance in investments. 

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Carl Schramm speaking at UC Davis B-school graduation

Carl Schramm — banker, author, educator and former CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation — is the commencement speaker Saturday for the 2013 graduating class of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California Davis.

“Our students and entire community have benefited greatly from Carl Schramm’s teaching, thought leadership and expertise,” said Steven Currall, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, in a news release. At the commencement, “Carl is poised to share a powerful and inspiring message.”

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Image of Saudi Arabia remains key to oil prices, despite U.S. production surge

Saudi Arabia remains key to oil prices, despite U.S. production surge

While U.S. oil production has increased sharply in the last five years, crude from Saudi Arabia still influences global prices and will for some time, panelists said Wednesday at a forum on energy markets.

The international oil market still depends heavily on Middle East oil exports, and a sudden disruption to its supply in Saudi Arabia would have broad implications for the U.S., said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at the University of California at Davis.

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