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Survey Looks At Women Business Leaders

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.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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