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January 23, 2009 posted by Shyama Venkateswar, Kyla Bender-Baird, and Lisa Rast The room was filled to capacity at Demos’ latest panel for their Women’s Leadership Initiative. Women (and a few men) from all sectors joined together to discuss gender equality as an investment concept. Anne Black from Goldman Sachs discussed their 10,000 Women initiative. The driving idea behind this timely initiative is that investing in women’s business skills is the fastest way to grow GDP. Joe Keefe from Pax World Mutual Fund, which recently took over Pax’s Women’s Equity Fund, argued that gender equality should be framed as an investment imperative, not a moral one. In fact, gender equality helps to grow the bottom line. Finally, Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, demonstrated the importance of building crucial infrastructure to aid women across the globe, who otherwise spend much of their day gathering water and fuel, and caregiving.
Jacki Zehner, a former partner at Goldman Sachs and a dear and longtime friend of the Council's, has a powerful post up right now at Huffington Post, titled "Why Are Goldman's Women Invisible (Asks a Former Goldman Sachs Partner)." The piece takes Goldman to task for its under-representation of women in leadership. I urge you to comment on the post, and to read Jacki's blog, PursePundit, for the real deal on women in the financial sector. Jacki bravely tells it like it is! The Council is currently working on a paper with Jacki focused on the severe underrepresentation of women in fund management positions that