I’m lucky. For the past two years I’ve received professional support from an impressive “binder” of female marketers. Often times, I forget that this is not the case for everyone. As fairness in the workplace continues to dominate the headlines, from Marissa Mayer’s highly publicized pregnancy, to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s viral article in the Atlantic Monthly, women today are still faced with a challenge. How do we make our voices heard in a country where 76% of the Senate and 83% of the House of Representatives is male dominated?
Halle Tecco, co-founder of Rock Health, an organization that brings together the brightest minds in medicine and technology to drive positive change in the healthcare today, did some investigating. The graduate of Harvard Business School and one of CNN’s 12 entrepreneurs reinventing healthcare took a close look at the gender breakdown (and the subsequent implications of this) within the healthcare industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics she found that of the 73% of women in the healthcare system, only 4% of them are CEOs at healthcare companies. Although many elements contribute to this trend, she worried that the lack of women leaders created limited opportunities for women-to-women mentorship.
That’s why Tecco launched XX in Health, an organization that brings together female leaders and rising stars in healthcare to discuss issues that are important to them—from maintaining a work-life balance to securing start-up funds. They’ve hosted events in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Next Wednesday October 24, 2012, they’re coming to Boston for a reception at the Boston Park Plaza, and are encouraging women leaders in the Boston healthcare community to stop by. Tickets are donation based, and can be purchased on Eventbrite.
Women: How has the gender breakdown in your workplace impacted your ability to advance? Continue the conversation on Twitter under #xxinhealth.
Hope to see you on Wednesday.