The Women's Initiative

February 2, 2011 2:51:19 PM PST
Women have made great strides in gaining workplace equality, but statistics show the vast majority of management positions are held by men. There is help on the way to empower women and get them to the top.

Boston Consulting Group is taking the lead with The Women's Initiative, a program created seven years ago. The Women's Initiative is designed to increase the company's recruiting, retention and job satisfaction of women. The program is able to implement this through mentoring, discussion groups, training, and development. Additionally, there are on site wellness rooms for nursing employees.

In a new book entitled "Women Count" by Susan Butler, statistics show that men hold 82 percent of senior leadership roles. Karen Gordon, a partner in charge of the initiative in New York, says it is designed to increase the company's recruiting retention and job satisfaction of women. The program is able to implement this through mentoring, discussion groups, training, and development. Additionally, there are on site wellness rooms for nursing employees.

Gordon is on her way to reaching her goal and changing statistics with The Women's Initiative by doubling the number of women in the workplace. Since most companies are not as proactive as the Boston Consulting Group, Susan Butler recommends that women take charge of their future. She says, "Find a mentor, know your worth, know what you want, and be sure to ask for what you want."

When Susan began her career, she noticed that it was rare for women to land top roles in her workplace. She wanted a change. The Women's Initiative has taken the necessary steps to make these changes happen and she hopes that others will follow. She also hopes that the next decade is equally productive since 2020 will also mark the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.

LINK: www.drexel.edu/vision2020/

LINK: www.sbbinstitute.org/WC/HOME/index.cfm


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