Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Leadership: Committing to Closing the Workplace Gender Gap - HUFFINGTONPOST

by Jason Wingard
Originally published: June 7, 2016

I am very lucky to have four school-aged daughters—it is a pleasure to watch them grow, support them in their talents, and imagine all that they might achieve in their adult lives. I am a proud father full of all the hopes that every father has.

As the Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Columbia, however, I look at my girls through a more focused lens and think about the research on “women in the workplace” that I conduct and am exposed to on a daily basis. There are specific challenges that they are likely to face, based on gender, once they join the workforce.

At the most senior levels, American corporate leadership is strikingly male dominated—the Fortune 500 can only be reflected as a “Fortune 21” if you count those with women CEOs.