What Confidence Concepts Resonate Most with Utah Women?

In 2014, the Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) team collected data from various sources to understand some of the issues in Utah regarding women, confidence, and leadership. The full set of results was published in a February 2015 research and policy brief titled, “Women, Confidence, and Leadership: What Do Utah Women Leaders Think?” In […]

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How YOU Can Help Break Down Barriers For Utah Girls

“If someone were to come to me and insist that we don’t have a ‘woman leadership’ problem in this state, my response would be, ‘Shadow me.’ There are many times in my workweek when I am the only woman in the room. Oftentimes, I’m not even looked in the eye until we are all sitting […]

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Educated Woman of the Week-Melinda Nevarez

Melinda Nevarez Graduate Student, Legal Assistant Where did you go to school and what did you study? University of Utah, Westminster College B.A. English and Master of Arts in Community Leadership Tell us about your school/work life: I’m currently at Westminster, and I actually LIKE doing research and writing literature reviews. I never want to […]

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Educated Woman of the Week-Alison Mackey

Alison Mackey Professor, Parent, Advocate Where did you go to school and what did you study? BYU and Ohio State University BA Economics, MBA, Master of Organizational Behavior, PhD in Business Strategy Tell us about your school/work life: I am a visiting assistant professor of management at Westminster College and a visiting scholar at Brigham Young […]

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Enhancing Innovation and Collective Intelligence

Studies continue to report that diverse and inclusive leadership teams produce more creative and innovative results. Scientific American article “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter,” based on decades of research from organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists, and demographers, states: “The fact is that if you want to build teams or organizations capable of innovating, you need […]

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Leveraging Talent

Women tend to exhibit different leadership characteristics and attributes than men. These are not necessarily better or worse, merely different. Sometimes male attributes are needed; sometimes female attributes are preferred, and often both sets of attributes can add value to a situation, strategy, or effort. One scholar noted that female attributes are particularly valued in […]

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Increasing CSR and Organizational Reputation

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a hot topic of discussion for companies around the world, and Utah companies are no exception. One question is whether women influence the CSR or related social or community involvement of an organization. The Why Diversity Matters report states that “gender-inclusive leadership is associated with increased corporate social responsibility.”  It […]

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Strengthening Organizational Climate

Researchers have discovered a host of organizational climate benefits associated with the number of women serving in management and leadership. First, a number of studies have found that an organizational climate that is open to diversity is linked to employees’ lower intentions to leave. Second, one study of government agencies in the U.S. found that […]

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Financial Results Improve with Women in Leadership

A series of recent studies has shown that organizations that have more women in management and on boards, on average, attain better financial results than do other organizations. For example, according to a recent Catalyst Information Center report, Why Diversity Matters, a 2011 study found that “companies with the most women board directors out- performed […]

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