It’s the second decade of the 21
century, yet women in the workplace still face disparities in wages and a glass ceiling blocking advancement in some areas.
"Because of those kinds of barriers that are still in place,” says Michael Sider-Rose, director of programs for the Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh
, “creating a culture, a space and a community for women to share experiences and develop a network is not only a compelling but a moral endeavor."
That’s why Coro Pittsburgh is taking applications by May 1 for its 16th
Women in Leadership program.
"It's good for the region as well,” says Sider-Rose about female leadership. “There's plenty of evidence that diversity in the workplace is key to effectiveness, to the bottom line, to sustaining a qualified workforce."
The 12-week evening course begins in June and is aimed at women in the private, public and nonprofit arenas. It focuses on helping women create both an internal and an external plan for their futures as local leaders. The year-long internal strategic plan centers on learning how to manage your strengths, blind spots, emotional intelligence, and the dynamics of those around you. "It's hard to make changes in the way in which we operate,” Sider-Rose says, “and having appropriate support around oneself is necessary."
The external plan helps to analyze the structures surrounding us – their politics, who might gain from changes, and who might lose – so that leaders can help make meaningful changes. Participants undertake site visits, interview regional stakeholders and complete a group project.
There are just 20 spots in the upcoming class, so apply now.
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Michael Sider-Rose, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Pittsburgh