Pipeline or Waterslide: Advancing Women into Executive Positions in Business and Financial Planning

Shannon Domski, Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

We seek to understand the continued lack of females in upper management or "C-suite" positions in business and more specifically looking at the continued lack of female planners in the financial planning industry. We hypothesis that although great strides are being made to foster inclusion these changes are stalled not only by unconscious prejudices against women, but also by a lack of confidence by women themselves. By conducting interviews with over a dozen women in a variety of executive and planning positions we attempted to bring a consensus of some of the root causes of this imbalance as well as what changes need to be made within corporate culture and by women seeking these positions based on these interviews and secondary data collected from previously conducted research.