Gaps still exist between a woman’s experience, achievement and knowledge and the level of respect, trust and opportunity she feels she receives in business, according to a survey released by the IMEX Group, the essential worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel. The survey showed that these gaps vary across cultures around the globe, and that while there is room for improvement, progress is being made.
The survey, done to further the business leadership of women and to continue to prepare for Women’s Leadership Forums at IMEX, polled more than 120 men and women, primarily from Europe and the United States. The Women’s Leadership Forums at IMEX will take place in Frankfurt in May and at IMEX America in Las Vegas in October. Facilitators for both are Liz Jackson, president of Jackson Consulting Inc., and Susan Sarfati, CEO of High Performance Strategies.
Those polled said that at the IMEX forums they want hear more about how to navigate biases based on culture, gender, age and disability; how to combat stereotypes; and how to leverage the best attributes of male and female employees for optimal business performance. Women also worry about keeping up their technology skills and want negotiation training. Other areas of interest were financial management, economic forecasting, strategic planning, time management and social media best practices.