Battling Sexes: Gender Differences in Competition

Posted in: Alumni Career Services- May 05, 2013 Comments Off on Battling Sexes: Gender Differences in Competition

Online Webinar
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:30 – 1:30pm

Back by popular demand, Ashley Merryman (L'98), author of Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, returns with more on the science of competition.

In March, Ashley joined us to discuss themes from her new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing. The response was phenomenal. Registration for that event was one of the highest we've ever had. Since then, we've been flooded with rave reviews for her webinar and requests she come back to further discuss one specific aspect of her research: gender differences in competition.

For the first time in history, men and women are competing side-by-side. But that doesn't mean they compete in the same way. In fact, the research has found that – from champion tennis players to Jeopardy! contestants to CEOs, even children on the playground – women and men compete differently. They choose competitors differently. They don't have the same timing in their attacks and withdrawals. They differ in whether they play to win, versus play not to lose. They judge risk differently, even more so when under stress. They attach different meanings to successes and failures. They differ in how they buffer the anxiety of endlessly being ranked against others. And that's just the beginning. Ashley is going to identify social, cultural, psychological, and physiological factors behind these differences, and she'll explain how they affect performance, from job interviews and board meetings to managing and mentoring. We're going to figure out which gender differences are real, which are just distraction, and what we can do going forward.

The goal of the conversation isn't to put anyone in a gender box. Instead, it's to help you identify gender traps – when these differences may help or hurt. How our gender-based expectations don't just affect what we do, but how we perceive others as well. Male or female, this promises to be an exciting, controversial hour you can't afford to miss.

With Po Bronson, Ashley is the co-author of new book, Top Dog, an instant bestseller. Merryman has appeared on Tavis Smiley, Fox & Friends, The Charlie Rose Show, @KatieCouric, Anderson Cooper's AC360, BBC World News, and dozens of other radio & tv programs around the world. Their previous book, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, was a New York Times bestseller. Merryman has won nine national awards for her journalism. She holds a BA from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts & a JD from Georgetown.

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