August 2019: Workplace Culture & Intersectionality
August 22nd, 2019 marked Black Women's Equal Pay Day: the date in 2019 to which a black woman had to work to catch up to the same amount a white man made in 2018. This day is four months later than National Equal Pay Day, which marks equal pay day for women in general. Nationally, Black women working full time, year-round earn 64 cents to each dollar earned by a white man.
We know this persistent, pervasive wage gap is driven in part by a lack of workplace policies supporting women and, in particular, women of color. The Columbus Women’s Commission hosted a Coffee & Conversation on Workplace Culture & Intersectionality where adopters heard from community leaders on the intersectionality of gender and race and how to be intentional with inclusivity while creating workplace policies to include everyone and encourage gender equity.
The panel was moderated by Gale King, Nationwide, with panelists:
Donna James, Lardon & Associates
Marlon Moore, Huntington National Bank
Letha Pugh, Bake Me Happy.
Thank you to our panelists, our host, YWCA Columbus, and Coffee Sponsor, Stauf’s Coffee Roasters.
April 2019: A Workplace for a Modern Women
On April 2, 2019, Equal Pay Day 2019, the Commission hosted a lunch and learn to bring adopters together and facilitate conversation on equitable workplaces. The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity shared their newest research report, A Workplace for the Modern Woman. This report emphasizes strategies that organizational leadership can implement as part of a comprehensive strategic plan to create fair and equitable workplaces.
We also heard from Kelley Griesmer, President & CEO of The Women's Fund of Central Ohio about the organization’s newest research project, Assets for Equity: Building Wealth for Women in Central Ohio exploring the Gender & Racial Wealth Gap in Central Ohio. This report looks beyond the wage gap, analyzing the gender wealth gap and the barriers throughout a woman's lifetime that contribute to this gap.
Read the Kirwan report HERE. Read the Women’s Fund report HERE .
February 2019: The Competitive Advantage of Offering Paid Family & Medical Leave
February 27, 2019 over 50 adopters joined us at Accenture to discuss the importance of offering paid family and medical leave for employee retention and competitiveness. National Speaker Annie Sartor, who leads workplace programs at PL+US Campaign (Paid Leave for the US), shared an overview of how to effectively implement a paid family and medical leave policy for businesses of different sizes. Attendees also heard from local leaders Heather Whaling (Geben Communications) and Natalie Sisto Means (Accenture) who have implemented paid leave policies at their companies.
Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in small table discussions, as well as give input on other policy issues and topics for future Lunch & Learns.