AKRON, Ohio – Women are under-represented at leadership levels in the Summit County workforce and held back by unconscious biases, according to research recently conducted for the Akron-based Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio.
The research focused on gender equity and women’s leadership in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, as well as the composition of nonprofit boards lead research analyst Casey Shevlin, told cleveland.
com on Wednesday.
to 4:30 p.m.
on Friday at the John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill St.
in downtown Akron. Tickets are $149 for members, $199 for nonmembers.
Here are some of the findings:
While a full report on the findings won’t be ready until later this year or in early 2019, the Women’s Network wants to get the information into the hands of its members and the community to begin affecting change now, said Women’s Network Executive Director Jan Conrad.
“We have a lot of work to do and we want to engage the community to help us make that happen,” Conrad said in an interview with Cleveland.com.
“If we’re going to move forward, awareness is a big part of that.”
But the results of the research uncovered information on unconscious biases that affect hiring and workplace practices and directly affect women in Summit County, so the Women’s Network created the leadership summit, she said.
The research findings revealed gender inequality in leadership positions. It also noted trends in the perceptions and experience that respondents indicated through a survey, which was conducted by the Akron-based Center for Marketing Opinion Research, Shevlin said.
· Interrupted while speaking at work.
· Earned less than someone doing the same work.
· Treated as if they were incompetent.
· Turned down for a job.
· Passed over for a promotion.
· Felt isolated in the workplace.
· Been mistaken for a subordinate.
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