Who’s in charge: Why aren’t there more women in leadership roles?

For decades women have been fighting for workplace equality, and in many sectors, progress has been made. But in boardrooms and executive offices across the country, there remains a noticeable absence of women in senior leadership positions. What lies behind this gender imbalance? Is it due to deeply-ingrained biases by those making the appointments? Or are some women choosing to forgo leadership opportunities for career paths that offer greater flexibility?

Recorded September 9, 2014, in Vancouver, BC

Moderator

Gloria Macarenko – Host, Our Vancouver & Host, CBC Radio One’s The Story from Here

Panelists

Jennifer Berdahl – Montalbano Professor of Leadership Studies: Women and Diversity, UBC’s Sauder School of Business
Maninder Dhaliwal, MASc’02 – Vice-President, Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation
Anne Giardini, LLB’84, QC – Director, Weyerhaeuser Company Limited
John Montalbano, BCom’88 – Chief Executive Officer, RBC Global Asset Management; Chair, UBC Board of Governors
Martha Piper, LLD’07, OC, OBC – Corporate Director; Past President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC