5. GENDER EQUALITY

Chamber happenings: Be WOWed by event’s 17th anniversary – Waterbury Republican American

Chamber happenings: Be WOWed by event’s 17th anniversary  Waterbury Republican American

Brittany K. King (Contributed)

I found a very informative article on “The State of Women in the Workplace 2021” by Brittany K. King, in The Lorman Blog. Some of the statistics are most significant. The facts and figures reveal that despite the attempts to address gender equity in the workforce, there is still much work to be done.

While the pandemic has had an impact on the workforce as a whole, the number of women working has dropped significantly. The participation of women in the workplace is the lowest since 1988. Some facts:

57.4% of women work compared to 69.2% of men.

Women are more likely to lose their jobs due to a number of considerations including automation.

For every 100 men promoted to manager, 85 women were promoted.

At the beginning of 2020, women held 38% of managerial positions. Men held 62%.

The 2020 Fortune 500 list included 37 female CEOs compared to 463 positions held by men.

Much work has been done to combat these statistics. Recommendations include encouraging collaboration, seeking support from other women, practicing empathy, developing more female leadership, providing equal opportunities for career advancement and cultivating a culture of equality in the workplace.

And so it is with our Chamber in our attempt to address this issue in a proactive, positive manner. The Annual WOW Forum, Mindfulness Matters, is a day-long event featuring nationally recognized speakers who have motivated hundreds of women throughout our 17 years. This year, the event will run Friday, Oct. 1, at the historic Warner Theatre from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Continental breakfast, lunch, a reception and an auction will be included.

Attorney Brooke A. Goff, a personal injury lawyer dedicated to improving the lives of accident victims throughout Connecticut, will be the master of ceremonies. Keynote speakers are Susan Wheeler, a world-class overcomer, mindset coach, author and runner; Rita Schiano, founder of “Live a Flourishing Life,” educator and corporate vice president; Valerie Gordon, a 10-time Emmy award-winning TV producer; and Linda Belt, a professional stand-up working comic and community leader.

Seminar speakers include Gordon: “Big Excuse Bingo: Get After Your Goals!”; Kelly McCarthy: “Beyond Words N Wisdom”; Cindy Donaldson: “Identify Your True Authentic Self”; Dawn Romaneillo: “In Light of Dawn”; and Wheeler: “The Lemonade Diet.”

This extraordinary day is possible through the generosity of our sponsors: TD Bank, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, Conquest, The Warner Theatre, Republican-American, Hartford Healthcare partner Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Elevator Service Co., Northwest Community Bank, PKF O’Connor Davies, Torrington Savings Bank, Union Savings Bank, Jacque Williams Entertainment, Lily & Vine Floral Design, Mount Claire Water, The Village Wine Cellar, The Nutmeg Fudge Company and Salt 2.0.

Thank you to the WOW advisory board for its leadership in the yearlong planning of WOW 17!

We will be adhering to The Warner Theatre mask and vaccination policy. Specific information will be available. Please register at wowforum.org or call us for more details.

Surely you will be WOWed by this 17th anniversary!

JoAnn Ryan is president and CEO of the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce. You can reach her at joann@nwctchamberofcommerce.org or 860-482-6586.

Source: rep-am.com

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