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[Narrator:] From the University of California at Davis, this is NewsWatch.
[Paul Pfotenhauer:] Women, for all their economic clout, hold just one in 10 executive positions at California's major businesses. A UC Davis study says more women in leadership roles brings diverse opinions and boosts the bottom line. And the business school has changed its curriculum to give students the skills they need to ensure that their opinions count.
[Nicole Biggart:] The way we educate our students these days is to give them skills -- and having skills is the first step toward having confidence and also being able to express your ideas effectively. We teach students how to communicate.
[Paul Pfotenhauer:] Gymboree, a San Francisco-based company that makes children's clothing, boasts having women in more than one-third of their executive positions.
[Jane Mangan:] Oh, so cute....
[Paul Pfotenhauer:] Jane Mangan, vice president of merchandising, says the company's success is based on talent, not gender.
[Jane Mangan:] I think Gymboree is an environment where you can succeed regardless of being female or male. It's in general a very nurturing environment -- it's welcoming to talent, to creativity, and it celebrates people's differences.
[Paul Pfotenhauer:] Mangan says the fashion industry is a comfortable environment for women to find success.
[Jane Mangan:] Women are very comfortable speaking the language of emotion and talking about feelings and intuitions and all of that, so and that's very acceptable here.
[Paul Pfotenhauer:] The study's conclusion was that women are making progress, but there is still a long way to go to achieve equal representation. Reporting from San Francisco, I'm Paul Pfotenhauer.
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Original Air Date: November 1, 2006 Total Run Time: 00:00:00
• Paul Pfotenhauer, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-6397, email@example.com