Picture in your mind for a moment one of our area business leaders. Picture in your mind the head of one of our area corporations. Likely, you are not picturing a woman. That’s because Kansas City’s companies are almost exclusively led by men…and not just at the top. A survey in 2008 finds that a full third of Kansas City’s top 39 public companies didn’t claim a single woman among their top management teams or in their boardrooms. More than half had no women on their boards at all. And 60 percent had no women in any executive positions within their companies.
Central Exchange President and CEO Ellen D’Amato sits down with Nick Haines to talk about her organization’s mission to provide opportunities for professional women to connect and discuss win|win, a campaign to encourage the professional advancement of women with the goal of having women represent 1 in 5 board members and executive officers in area companies by 2015.