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Women in the Board Room (at least in technology)

Have we turned the corner in naming women to leadership positions in business?


WHAT: Women business leaders and technology. What is behind the trend in the corporate world of technology to name women to leadership roles in some of technology’s biggest companies?

WHO: Jill Klein, an expert on information technology, information systems, e-business, and emerging information technologies, can discuss the role of women in the technology sector and women's board representation. Klein is an active member of Women in Technology, the premier organization contributing to the success of professional women in the Washington, D.C.-area technology community. Klein contributed to new research for WIT that found women are under-represented on the boards of publicly traded companies in the D.C. area. Klein is also the faculty advisor to the Kogod Women in Business group.

Caren Goldberg, a management professor, can comment on work-related issues relating to women including women's careers, barriers to women's advancement, and sexual harassment. Her research interest is in the impact of diversity on individuals and work groups. Goldberg is an expert on human resource management and diversity. She also acts as an expert witness in human resources and discrimination cases.

WHERE: In–studio, on campus, via telephone

WHEN: July 26 – ongoing

WASHINGTON, D.C., (July 26, 2012): With the news that Marissa Mayer has been named CEO of Yahoo, one has to ask whether this is the beginning of a trend, or just a fluke, when it comes to women reaching the highest rungs of the corporate ladder. The tech industry seems to be at the forefront of naming women to positions of leadership compared with other American industries. Examples include Meg Whitman who is now CEO of Hewlett Packard, Sheryl Sandberg who is COO of Facebook and a member of its Board of Directors, and now Marissa Mayer who is the new CEO of Yahoo.

Is this a trend? Will other industries follow suit? Have women turned the corner in business? Professors Goldberg, and Klein have all written extensively on women’s place in the workforce and are available to comment on this potential trend.

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