Women Executives Are Pushing Gender Equality But Is Corporate America Ready For It?

There are hundreds if not thousands of female executives in Corporate America. That sounds like a lot of women, but when studies are done on the amount of women that have senior level management positions in Corporate America, those studies paint a dismal picture. The fact is, women don’t have the same opportunities as men in Corporate America. Women are being held back by an antiquated belief system that was designed by men and is still enforced by them. 

Men don’t enforce this gender bias consciously. Their beliefs about their management abilities and the lack of management abilities in women are inherent. Business schools don’t teach men about gender equality and corporations certainly don’t advocate promoting women because there is a belief that women want to raise families first and manage companies second. 

That old school way of thinking has to change, and women executives across the country are getting together to effect that change. Hundreds of companies around the country now have women’s groups that are designed to show men that women are as capable, and in many respects, more capable than men when it comes to managing people and business.

One of those executives is Helane Morrison. Morrison is a San Francisco attorney and investment manager that shows men by example what women can do when they are given a chance to function at the senior management level. Morrison is currently the managing director of Hall Capital Partners LLC, but she is also a former regional director of the SEC division in San Fransisco. 

Helane is an avid proponent of gender equality in the workplace and Hall Capital Partners is a good example of how successful companies can be when men and women are treated equally in the workplace. Under Morrison’s leadership, Hall Capital Partners has become one of the largest investment firms in Northern California. 

Morrison knows that changing the corporate mentality when it comes to promoting women is a tough job. But she has help. Thousands of women around the country are banding together, and they have formed a woman’s network that wants to change the way women are treated by Corporate America. Morrison told BizJournals.com that she does her part by speaking at various functions around the country that are designed to promote gender equality. 

Helane Morrison succeeded in the corporate world because she was not afraid or intimidated by men that tried to hold her back. She tells other women her story and she is making a difference. Her hardhitting approach to business you can see in the quote below matches her fervor to promote gender equality.

An Entrepreneur of Vision, Grace and Heart

“Be bold. Take the first step today. Smile. Be humble. Work hard. Volunteer. Tutor. The important thing is to make a difference and follow through with your commitments.”

This has been true throughout the life of Dick DeVos. He has spent his business career in various executive positions of Amway, NBA’s Orlando Magic and the Windquest Group where he is currently President. As president of Amway from 1993 to 2002 he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations in 50 countries. Before becoming President, he held the position of Vice President – Amway International, where he oversaw the operations in 18 countries. Under his bright leadership, he tripled international sales to exceed domestic sales for the first time in the company’s history.

Dick DeVos inspirational leadership and insight allowed him to be a prominent leader in many community initiatives. These include the Education Freedom Fund, which awarded more than 4,000 scholarships to underprivileged children in Michigan, West Michigan Aviation Academy and serves on the State Board of Education. Mr. DeVos is an active member of multiple downtown revitalization and regional health care improvements, which include a $75M downtown arena, $212M convention center, a $130M heart hospital, $90M medical school and a $30M Downtown market.

Mr. DeVos and his wife, Betsy DeVos, joined together to found the Dick and Betsy Family Foundation. This heartfelt foundation serves as a catalyst for partner organizations that position the local and global communities for growth and viability. First formed in 1989 it is based on the solid foundation and principles that was handed down from their parents. With both of their involvement they provide a secure and beautiful path for others to follow and look up to.

Women Management Expanding in Male-Centric Marketplaces

In more and more industries, women are proving their worth in the workplace. Just a few short years ago, it was unheard of for a woman to be in a position of management in a major corporation. Even though times have changed, in many cases, business is still an old boys club. But more and more, women are coming to the forefront, showing that their intellect and know how are valuable commodities in an ever-changing marketplace.

Women can no longer be considered trailblazers. Thanks to the increasing opportunities for women in all areas of business, more and more leadership roles are being taken by women. As women continue their march toward the equality, more and more businesses are experiencing the advantage of utilizing women in lead roles. What was once considered a pipe dream has now become a reality.

Many of the largest companies in America now have women in executive roles like Susan McGalla. According to many statistics, businesses that have women in key roles tend to do better as a business with women in those choice roles. While this is a telling statistic, in many cases, large business actuality has a stark shortage of women in leadership positions. According to some accounts, less than 3% of all startups have a woman on their executive staff. And of all the startups in America, less than 1% are startups that begin with women at the helm.

However, things are changing in the American business climate. More and more, women especially Susan McGalla are showing their worth and skill sets, not only proving their value and talent, but also driving enterprises to new levels of profit and productivity. These choice women usually come from an extensive business background and have used their experience and knowledge to gain a foothold in the corporate world.

Women like Susan McGalla have been proving their value in the business marketplace for years. McGalla has an extensive leadership history, having led some of the largest companies in America. At one point, McGalla held the title of president of American Eagle Outfitters, as well as the CEO of Wet Seal, a surf-centered clothing company. She currently serves as Director for Strategic Planning and Growth for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers organization. Her prior endeavors have led to continued growth and profitability for the companies she has served on.

McGalla is just one example of how women are taking the corporate world by storm. The continuing advances of women in the marketplace is and a sure indicator of future strides towards equality, growth, and overall corporate profitability.