LINDA BABCOCK, a Carnegie Mellon economist and co-author of the new book Women Don't Ask: Gender and the Negotiation Divide (Princeton University Press), says the first step women need to take to get what they want is simple: Ask for it. Corporate Meetings & Incentives: Women make up 76 percent of Meeting Professionals International's membership, yet just 9 percent of those women hold leadership positions, compared to 30 percent of male MPI members. And industry salary surveys ...

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