Survey Looks At Women Business Leaders

May 22, 2012

A new survey released by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School shows significant managerial and gender gaps on the perception of how women business leaders are developed.

Leoneda Inge:  Senior business executives seem to have a lot rosier view of women in the workplace than managers.  For example, more than half of those in the executive suite said their organizations were extremely effective in recruiting women leaders, compared to only 28 percentt of managers.  Kip Kelly is director of Marketing and Business Development for Executive Development at Kenan-Flagler.   He says such wide ranging perceptions can skew how decisions are made at a company.

Kip Kelly:  You know, it might inform the decisions you make, the types of programs that you launch and how you invest in the development of women.   And if you tend to have a more favorable view, you might not necessarily see that investment in those areas is critical.

More than 900 business professionals responded to the survey.