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Female CEO: Women need to be more direct in the workplace

September 18, 2015
Diversity & Inclusion

(KPHO/KTVK) – According to the Center for American Progress, there are more male CEOs named John than female CEOs overall.

If women hold the majority of the jobs by the numbers, why are we still seeing this trend?

“I came from a small town in Nebraska and I thought an engineer was a guy who drove a train,” said Wendy Jameson, CEO of Colnatec in Gilbert. “My undergraduate degree is in business marketing but I have a graduate degree in psychology. But I was a marriage and family therapist for a period of time in California.”

She said because life just happens, she is in good company.

“Very broad-based, like many women have, we have kind of these hopscotch careers,” Jameson said.

But statistics show fewer women hold positions of power. And Jameson admits she struggles with balance.

“Wanting to be a good daughter, a good wife, a mother, and a good CEO,” Jameson said.

Also, according to the Center for American Progress, on average, women earn 78 cents for every dollar a man earns.

Jameson said whatever path women take to beat the odds, she believes the economic impact of female leaders will only grow.

“Will we have an economic impact? We already are,” Jameson said.

By Lindsey Reiser

Source: KPHO

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