In honor of Women’s Equality Day and the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment granting American women the constitutional right to vote, our very own Neil M., General manager of San Diego Post Collections, wrote a commentary that was published in The San Diego Union Tribune, titled, “To Improve Diversity and Equity At Work, We Need More Men To Speak Up.” He wrote that Male business leaders must be central advocates for addressing the gender disparity in leadership. Here’s an excerpt from Neil’s commentary:
The reality is that today men still hold most top business roles — in San Diego, men still have 77 percent of seats on public company boards. Men in these powerful positions are key to shifting companies’ strategic focus toward investing and cultivating female talent. Male business leaders must be central advocates for addressing the gender disparity in leadership and must publicly communicate that this is a problem that limits the success and growth of an organization — and society. We must also reflect on personal and cultural bias that creates barriers for historically excluded communities.
The pandemic has challenged us to reimagine how we work and live — and the movement to dismantle systemic racism in our country includes ensuring our workplaces are equitable and inclusive. Now we challenge the businesses that drive San Diego’s economy to lead with more gender diversity at the board level to ensure financially stable, innovative and resilient companies at a time when our region needs it most.
This week, as we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment granting American women the constitutional right to vote, we invite all of San Diego’s business leaders to join us in a pledge to improve gender equity and representation on boards and commissions.
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