Women Influencing Louisville and IWL Foundation know that women are good for business and the financial results prove it. Like other gender-focused organizations, both have worked to change the game for women in the workplace. We recognize that initiatives that aim to recruit, develop, and retain female talent have value for organizations today—and yet, improvements can be made in reaping the benefits of these investments. One of those improvements – and the one we will discuss– is the role of male allies in these efforts.
The numbers of women advancing in leadership roles aren’t changing. Even as organizations develop mentoring programs, women’s initiatives, and focus their recruiting and development efforts on female talent, they are coming up short. Men still dominate leadership roles, control decision-making, and significantly out-earn women. Why does this problem persist?
One reason is that too often a key part of the equation is missing – men. Too many gender initiatives focus on “fixing” women – how to gain confidence, take a seat at the table, negotiate for themselves and be heard. But to achieve sustainable change and create a culture in which both women and men can excel, men must be a part of the conversation and stand as allies for women.
Gender is not a burden for women to carry alone. Including men’s voices is crucial to accelerating change: We need male allies in our companies who are true advocates for women leaders. We need men who actively work to eliminate gender bias and recognize their own critical role in the equation. Fortunately, there are men like our panelists who are stepping up.
This panel discussion focuses on taking a deep dive into how men and women can work together as allies to minimize gender disparities. We will ask difficult questions to an all-male panel to understand different perspectives and spark a forthright conversation about gender issues at work and how to make more meaningful progress.
5:30 PM - Registration and Connecting
6:00 PM - Panel Discussion
7:00 PM - Q&A Session
Price $35 per person