On March 26th we launched our very first survey at our inaugural event at the California State Capitol, hoping to begin to understand who women are who are connecting to the mission of the Sacramento Area Women’s Chamber of Commerce, who seek greater influence, and who want to either help by or benefit from increasing opportunity for women in C-level and board positions, in entrepreneurship, in leadership in government and the community, and in those sectors where the majority of job growth is expected to come from within the Capital region. What do we really need? What do we really expect? How can SAWCC best serve those needs?
As of May 20, 201: 73 women have responded. This survey will remain open and we will continue to share live results as they are tabulated and updated. See link below. A full report will be made in August at our business reception (data and location coming soon) and through this website.
Trends are emerging. Please share this survey with all the women in your network. The more we know, the more powerful and effective we can be together. Thank you for participating!
*This survey was developed by Tracy Saville, a founding board member and Chair of the Marketing Committee. In the future, results will be analyzed against available academic and market-level research that is of a qualitative and quantitative value to understanding how best to position SAWCC to benefit ad serve its members. SAWCC is interested in collaborating on future survey and data collection activities. Questions? Feel free to contact her at 916-717-3250, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“Welcome to the new SBA Women’s Business Center serving the Sacramento Region! California Capital was established as a SBA Women’s Center in October 2012. We are committed to helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses through educational workshops, one-on-one assistance, online learning, and connection with local resources. Although are services are available to all, we are committed to meeting the unique needs of women in business.”