CityViews 9/25/12: Women in the Boardroom/Collective Change

 

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Segment 1:

A new study out of BYU and Princeton shows that women speak less in meetings when they are outnumbered by men. On Tuesday, we’ll talk about group dynamics and gender, and what the study means for women climbing the corporate ladder.

Guests:

  • Chris Karpowitz, BYU
  • Jennifer Smith, Zions Bank

 

 

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Segment 2:

Instead of going it alone, United Way of Salt Lake is building coalitions to tackle social challenges. Following an approach called collective impact, UW is bringing other nonprofits, businesses, governments, schools and churches together to set goals and track progress. On Tuesday, we’ll learn more about collective impact and how it’s solving community problems.

Guests:

  • Deborah Bayle, United Way of Salt Lake
  • Bill Crim, United Way of Salt Lake
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Comments
  1. June Taylor

    Dear JNP,
    Your section on women speaking up – or not- put me into a timewarp, back to the Women’s Movement in the early 1970s. The only difference is that now we’re talking about women participating in the Board Room – which is a BIG advance – instead of women speaking their experience and advice in the classroom, committee meetings, or parties!

    I’m not sure whether I’m discouraged or encouraged! As if “gender inequality” was anything new?? Maybe the young man should go back and read some literature from the 1970s? He might find that his ‘findings” are not novel. ALthough…maybe they are, for Utah.
    Best regards,
    June Taylor

  2. Emily

    I found this conversation to be almost insulting and pointless. We live in a time where we women actually have the freedom to speak out and lead in so many ways. I question the nature of the study done where they found women to remain quiet in debate settings. Could the nature of the topic have a huge influence on what a woman or man might participate? I’ve been in so many situations where the men were quiet as the women lead with their opinions far more aggressively. And frankly, I don’t find there to be a problem either way if a person aggressively speaks up or sits back to listen. There is a nature of one’s personality as well as a topic in conversation that can influence our behavior. I don’t find there to be any problem whatsoever for a man or woman to be a listener when they choose. No one is being forced to remain quiet. And if a person finds enough passion to lead, they will do so whether they are a man or a woman.