Salon Moderated by Dr. Patricia Tidwell ‘73 on How Women Decide

Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

In our first Salon of the New Year Dr. Patricia Tidwell ’73 will lead a discussion on the art and science of making decisions. How do women’s processes differ from men’s? Why is it that women are expected to prove themselves as decisive leaders repeatedly? Certainly a timely topic for 2017!


Using Therese Huston’s How Women Decide, we will explore what is real and what is myth; the difference between indecision; and indecisive; how women’s strengths give us an advantage in times of stress; and learn how we can shape the future. Join us for a lively discussion – even if you haven’t read the book.



Wednesday, January 25, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Home of an alumna, near Union Square
Location to be provided to registered guests


$10 members/$20 non-members

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Patricia Tidwell '73 PhD, LCSW is a psychotherapist in Manhattan.  Prior to becoming a therapist, Trish was a marketing executive.  She had twenty years’ experience in new product development, serving in several positions at Estee Lauder Companies. As Executive Director of Special Markets, she worked extensively in many parts of the world, giving her unusual insight into the role that culture plays in informing people’s intrapsychic and interpersonal lives. She was formerly adjunct faculty at New York University’s Stern School and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration.  In addition to her private practice, she is currently faculty and clinical supervisor at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center in New York.



“Using a wealth of economic and social science research, Huston – a cognitive psychologist [...] – documents these stereotypes and shows how women are often trapped in situations where they can’t come out ahead, no matter what they do.…[How Women Decide] will resonate with any women trying to navigate treacherous career waters as well as with managers wondering how to increase diversity and get the best out of all their employees. One could also imagine it becoming required reading on Wall Street, where male-dominated thinking has caused so many problems.”
New York Times Book Review

"With verve, charm, and a ruthless reliance on data, [Huston] challenge[s] and ultimately disprove[s] several common assumptions about how women make decisions... Huston provides sharp observations, handy chapter summaries, and practical advice… She builds a convincing case that if businesses, government, and other organizations want to improve their decision-making at the highest levels, they need to have more women in the boardroom; and she provides women readers with concrete strategies to defuse existing stereotypes."
Publishers Weekly

“Insightful advice for women about decisiveness, confidence, and tackling gender bias...Useful, practical strategies based on informed analysis.”

How Women Decide blows up several myths about female decision-making that everyone believes, women included. Through thoughtful analysis and lively, entertaining anecdotes, it teaches us what's really happening—how bias works. Every woman needs to read this well-researched and wonderfully reported book. She'll gain confidence through useful tactics for even better decision-making. Men should read it, too; they'll learn tactics that make women great leaders!”
—Joanna Barsh, bestselling author of How Remarkable Women Lead and Centered Leadership

“Ever wonder whether ‘women's instinct’ is a real thing? Ever consider multiple points of view, only to be called ‘wishy-washy’?  In this brilliantly researched and entertaining book, Therese Huston reveals the ways in which understanding ourselves and thinking critically about gender biases can help us all make better choices. I'm already using it to strategize at work, and I predict that every reader will learn something new and useful in its pages.”
—Jessica Bacal, editor of Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong and Director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life at Smith College

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