Women in the Workforce

by FEI Daily Staff

Join SPA on Monday, May 9 for a lively breakfast discussion on women in the work force based on recent McKinsey and Lean In studies.

These studies find:
  • Women are still highly under-represented at the top of corporations and leak throughout the pipeline – majority of countries report less than 10% female CEOs; U.S. has 17% women in the C-suite. Current workplace cultures and mindsets are limiting advancement:
  • Women are 25% less confident they will reach top management – 40% of women don’t believe their leadership styles fit; nearly half of women believe they have fewer opportunities than men
  • Women face barriers: more staff roles than men (vs. line roles) and gender-skewed networks
  • Six intervention types can help: financial incentives; technology and infrastructure; economic opportunity creation; capability building; advocacy and attitudes; and laws, policies, and regulations. Within corporations, implementing a gender-diversity ecosystem is critical, including: strong CEO commitment, key KPIs, working through the selection and promotion funnel, and cultural enablers.

We will meet at Gene & Georgetti Rosemont for breakfast. Kate Robu from McKinsey will present the findings from these studies and will lead our discussion. We hope you will join us!

Kate Robu is a core practitioner in the McKinsey's Financial Institutions Group and a global leader in McKinsey’s Risk Practice. She leads topics in the following service lines: Digital, Mortgage Lending, Operational Risk, and Regulatory Compliance. In her six years with McKinsey, Kate has served leading U.S. and international banks, wealth management firms and insurance companies on topics of tech-enabled operational transformation, operational risk management, frontline capability building, pricing and data analytics. She holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with major in Corporate Finance, graduated with Honors.

FEI's Strategic Professional Alliance (SPA) builds strategic relationships and social capital across FEI's women members, draws upon FEI's women members' collective knowledge, and explores areas of interest to women in financial leadership roles. Our meetings are open to ALL FEI members.


Monday, May 9, 2016 | 7:30am – 9:00am

Kate Robu, McKinsey's Financial Institutions Group and McKinsey’s Risk Practice

Gene & Georgetti Rosemont, 9421 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont (Free parking)

Continental Breakfast will be served

Free to FEI Chicago Chapter Members; $25 Guests

RSVP to info@feichicago.org or 312-263-1661 by May 5

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