SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University

October 14, 2014 11:04 ET

Golden Gate University Hosts Second Annual Women in Leadership Conversation

"Faith" and "Karma" Not Enough

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 14, 2014) - Golden Gate University's (GGU) Ageno School of Business hosts its second annual Women in Leadership event -- a panel discussion promoting women's empowerment designed to nurture women as they become leaders -- on Wednesday, November 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Women in Leadership is part of GGU's long history of supporting women in business, evidenced by the 1970s photo of women in a management seminar. GGU has been training women to become successful working professionals for nearly 100 years, since the first women enrolled in classes in the 1920s. Evelyn Pullens and Margaret Lyons Steffan were the first two female School of Law graduates, class of 1928.

"We're sponsoring this conversation in order to help end the dearth of women in the top ranks of corporate America and stop sex discrimination," said Marianne Koch, Associate Dean of the Ageno School of Business. "Our panelists will share passionate stories to encourage women to build a strong tool kit filled with leadership know-how and support such as self-confidence, mentors, integrating their work and non-work lives, the ability to make tough decisions and more. We hope this event will promote success for women in leadership roles."

Women continue to be a small minority on Wall Street and in the executive suite, making up only 16 percent of the directors at Fortune 500 companies and 10 percent of chief financial officers at S&P 500 companies. This is despite the fact that more than half of bachelor's degrees are awarded to women. The male-driven culture often still practices both subtle and blatant sexism and discrimination in keeping women out of leadership's top spots. For example:

  • Satya Nadella, Microsoft's chief executive recently told a women's conference that they should not ask for a raise, but trust "faith" and "karma" to reward them appropriately
  • Women still earn only 77 cents for every dollar men make
  • Only 21 women lead the top 500 companies by revenue
  • Worldwide, only 22 out of 197 heads of state are women
  • Women hold only 18 percent of U. S. Congressional offices

"It's time to reverse this trend," says Paul Fouts, Dean of the Ageno School of Business, "and welcome more women into leadership."

Women in Leadership is free, but space is limited. Registration is required at Women in Leadership takes place at Golden Gate University, 536 Mission St., San Francisco.

The panelists include GGU alumnae:

  • Dana Borys, Senior Tax Manager at Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.
  • Judith Coley, Vice President, Corporate & Investor Communications at Envivio
  • Mini Khroad, Vice President, HR of Talent Programs & Services at Yahoo!

Cassandra Sawyer, Director of Human Resources at RMSI, will moderate the conversation about topics including effective communication in the workplace, public-speaking, negotiation, integrating work and life, finding a mentor, strategies for networking, career-planning, constructive criticism and more. 

About Golden Gate University
GGU, a private nonprofit, has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, law, taxation, business and related areas for more than 113 years. GGU is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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