Institute Diversity Launches Leading Women @ Tech Program
In 2012, one of the major findings from Georgia Tech’s Climate Assessment Survey was an expressed desire for targeted professional development opportunities for staff women. This desire was echoed in the president’s discussion groups last fall on inclusiveness and gender equity.
With support from the Office of the President, Institute Diversity has launched Leading Women @ Tech to engage senior and emerging women leaders at the Institute. The goal is to create empowerment opportunities for women leaders and build a community of women who will advance a culture of inclusive excellence at Georgia Tech. Currently, only 28 percent of staff positions above director-level at Georgia Tech are held by women.
“We are dedicated to creating the next community of leaders who will guide Tech in the 21st century. The representation of diverse women among all levels of leadership is central to our ongoing success,” said Julie Ancis, associate vice president of Institute Diversity. “The vision of Leading Women @ Tech aligns with Tech’s commitment to an inclusive campus environment, as outlined in our Strategic Plan.”
Amy Henry, executive director of the Office of International Education and one of the invited participants, commented, “Many staff women feel isolated at Georgia Tech, and they are seeking more career advancement and collaboration opportunities. I look forward to learning, sharing, giving, supporting, and growing in this program.”
Co-led by Ancis and Pearl Alexander, executive director of Institute Diversity’s Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement unit, Leading Women @ Tech is designed to strengthen leadership ability, enhance personal and professional growth, and support participants’ overall career development. The program’s kickoff event took place on March 8; program activities for the year will include skill building in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-efficacy, mentoring and networking, mindfulness practices, negotiation and financial management, and intentional leadership.
“Organizations worldwide are taking steps to develop, deploy, and measure effective leadership strategies as a competitive advantage,” Alexander said. “Fostering and leveraging the talents of our women leaders at Tech enable them to thrive in their current roles. This prepares them to achieve advancement in ways that are fulfilling throughout various stages of their careers.”
For more information on Leading Women @ Tech, visit www.diversity.gatech.edu/leadingwomenattech.