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Charlotte Talks: Women In Corporate America; Local Push To Increase Diversity On Corporate Boards

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mike Collins examines the slow progress being made by women in the corporate world, at how Charlotte and North Carolina compare to the nation and at efforts to increase the progress of women.

Women haven't been as successful as their male counterparts in climbing the corporate ladder, but not for a lack of trying. A new study by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company examined the state of women in corporate America . They found that although great strides have been made towards gender parity in the workforce, progress is slow.

The Women In The Workplace 2017 study found that even though women earn more college degrees than men, women continue to be underrepresented at every level of the corporate pipeline. Women are hired and promoted at lower rates than men, and the gap is even more pronounced at the very top - one in five C-suite leaders is a woman.

We'll talk with one of the lead authors of that study and discuss some of the challenges of cracking the glass ceiling. We also hear about a targeted effort to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards. Women hold less than 20 percent of board seats, but an effort at both the local and national level is out to change that - and they're making progress. We find out how Charlotte and the state stack up.

Guests

Alexis Krivkovich - Partner at McKinsey & Company, lead author of the Women in the Workplace 2017 study on the state of women in corporate America.

Jennifer Winstel - Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Chairperson for 2020 Women on Boards for North Carolina.

Dr. Pamela Davies - President of Queens University of Charlotte

Maggie Norris - Executive Director for the Carolinas Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors

Event:

National Conversation on Board Diversity: "Building the Pipeline: How do we Prepare Ourselves and Find Director Opportunities?" Wednesday, November 15th, 4-7pm at Queens University of Charlotte. Details and registration.

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.