Things are a buzz here in the WINiT Program Office as we count down to the WINiT Annual Summit 2016. The event will bring together over 250 of our Members, amazing women and men who will share their insight, experiences, and powerful energy to inspire one another and create real change. The WINiT Annual Summit is our pinnacle event and a true representation of the spirit of our mission.
At WINiT, our mission is our compass, but it is our Members who are our True North. They are the reason we do what we do, inspiring us to work tirelessly to improve the careers and lives of women. We do this to leave a legacy of strength and progress for our daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and the future generations of women who come after us. We do it in memory of and gratitude to our mothers, grandmothers, and the generations of women before us who, with conviction, dedication, and personal sacrifice, created the momentum to change history. And, we do it with the unwavering support of our fathers, grandfathers, husbands, and sons who believe wholeheartedly in our mission and the journey we must take together to achieve it.
With the support of our Donors, Partners, and Members, we seek to continue this momentum and see promising signs that our efforts are moving the needle in the right direction. Our membership continues to grow and expand, both in size as well the levels, roles, industries, and countries it represents. Uptake of our educational sessions and career development programs has risen year over year; we delivered 75% more education sessions in 2015 than 2014. At the ground level, we have heard from our Members about the direct impact their involvement in WINiT has had on their careers. Visit our website to hear one Member’s story.
Still, we must continue to charge ahead for there is much work to be done. The recently released “Women in the Workplace 2016” study confirms that women’s presence at all levels of the corporate pipeline still lags far behind men, and that difference becomes even more marked at the senior executive level. The reality is clear: fewer women are hired, promoted, and advanced into senior roles than men. In fact, according to the same study,“In 2015, 90% of new CEOs were promoted or hired from line roles, and 100% of them were men.” WINiT will continue to examine and tackle issues such as this one as well as the many internal and external factors impacting gender inequality in the workplace. We will maintain our steadfast commitment to our mission, refining our roadmap and making necessary course corrections along the way, staying nimble, dynamic, and focused on making an impact – one woman at a time.
Why WINiT? Because we have come so far yet we have so far to go. Maintaining the momentum we have created to shift this reality is our charge. Thank you for your commitment to our mission – through your words, actions, and support – every day.
*2016 Women in the Workplace Study, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company, September 2016.