We’ve been asked, why do we need a women’s chamber in our region? Well, according to the UC Davis Annual Report on California Women Business Leaders, while graduate numbers of women are increasing, we’re actually seeing a decrease in the # of women in the board room. And this is just of one of many reasons why an organization dedicated to developing influencing skills and abilities, as well as emotionally intelligent leadership and influencing behaviors in women and young girls is critical to the economic growth and vibrancy of the Capital region.
We present the UC Davis Report, and also the recent March 2014 segment of Studio Sacramento with Scott Syphax on PBS. He sat down with Aeisha Mastagni, Investment Officer for the Corporate Governance Division CalSTRS, and former Vistage Chair Wendy Beecham, who is now Managing Director of Executive Education for the UC Davis School of Management. They discussed underrepresentation in executive management and on boards of directors, and what needs to change to increase the gender diversity of C-level positions and boards. Watch the segment here.
One of the strands in this conversation is that women may not be taking influential leading roles because they don’t see they have the networks or resources to be successful. The networks of people women tend to build or engage with tend to lean into those populated with people they like, while men tend to create networks that will help them reach a specific goal. What do you think?
Click on the image below to read the full UC Davis PDF report.