Women are underrepresented in the workforce, with only 57% of all eligible females being gainfully employed, and we are generally paid 77% of what men receive at the same level. Forty-two percent of entry level positions are filled by women, but only 23% of senior leadership and 4.6% of S&P 500 CEO positions are filled by women. At the rate of progress, it will take 25 years to reach gender parity at the senior-VP level, and more than 100 years in the C-suite. Women face more obstacles on the path to senior leadership, have lower odds of reaching these positions, and are exposed to less opportunity for advancement in our careers than our male counterparts. These statistics, from the Women in the Workplace Report, make one thing clear: we have a long way to go before we can truly say there is gender equality in the workforce.
My parents were both in the civil engineering field, a traditionally male-dominated career when I was growing up. My dad was the one who actually helped my mom start her career in that field shortly after they met, providing her the initial mentoring and training to get her off the ground. I remember hanging around their office as a kid, the smell of blueprints in the air, and the most amazing computers that let me reproduce my coloring books larger than life. My grandparents never held either of my parents to gender stereotypes, and they passed that gift along to me and my siblings.
On March 28th, Lewis Fowler was a sponsor at a fundraising event supporting The Gatehouse in Dallas, Texas called Hand Up for Success. The Gatehouse is a non-profit organization focused on helping women and children in crisis discover their new path for permanent change. They focus on establishing a safe and secure environment to address deep-rooted problems and enable permanent, positive change for its constituents. The Gatehouse provides up to 2 ½ years of support with education, childcare, vehicles (including gas and repairs), clothing, food, supplies, counseling, furnishing and health.
With our Dallas PMO Forum just around the corner I had the pleasure of speaking with our second panelist, A. Ravi Malick, Vice President of Technology at TXU Energy. We discussed the professional journey Ravi took from working financial functions, to the top IT position.
Read on for highlights from the interview including tactics for demonstrating the value your PMO brings to your organization, perspective on the role of project management, and how IT and project management are successfully integrated.