Female Execs Horrified By Former GE CEO's Comments

Margaret Heffernan
Jack Welch women at work
Jack Welch women at work

Is Jack Welch, the former General Electric CEO, a timeless seer or an out-of-date warhorse? The Wall Street Journal recently posed that question, but the the answer is simple: He's an out-of-date warhorse.

The occasion for the question was a Journal-sponsored conference on Women in the Economy. Welch doesn't think much of women's networks ("victims' units") or mentoring programs ("you should see everyone as your mentor"); instead, women should just work hard, over-perform and
that will take them straight to the board. When asked if there were any questions, a woman executive in the crowd reportedly shouted out, "We're regaining our consciousness."