Every other Tuesday, WOMEN AT LIBERTY provides a platform for a variety of voices and resources to develop, encourage, and strengthen women leaders. Today, Leadership Tuesdays continues a series looking at the why women are not seeking advance degrees in business at the same rate as they get other professional degrees. Also the discussion seeks to answer why women are not proportionately represented in senior leadership positions in business.
This past May, I was given the opportunity to talk with Dr. John T. Delaney, Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, regarding the women empowerment and leadership program I launched in March 2011. The purpose of Women History Makers-DC, MD & VA and Leadership Tuesdays is to:
- Highlight and profile women role models in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia who have been trailblazers and pioneers
- Provide resources to develop, strengthen and encourage women to pursue leadership.
- Provide online and offline opportunities for mentoring and motivation that enable women to live better lives.
Given the low rate of women in corporate senior executive and Board of Directors’ positions in U.S.companies, I decided that I wanted to focus our talk on the representation of women in those areas. I also wanted to find out how Katz is addressing this problem in its MBA and Executive Education programs. Further, I wanted to know if Katz was involved in any partnerships and/or research to: 1) explain the cause for the lack of women and minorities in leadership positions; and 2) improve the status quo.
Some of the statistics that informed my conversation with Dr. Delaney came from "Women In America, Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being", a 2011 Report released by the White House Council on Women and Girls. (See Leadership Tuesdays for the statistics.) As mentioned in his earlier guest blog forLeadership Tuesdays, The Great Business School Challenge Hidden In Plain Sight, Delaney discussed...
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