Business & Leadership

Women in Leadership: Organizational Challenges and Championing Change

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When it comes to gender in the workplace, it’s not enough to ask women to level-up their skills, attitudes and presence. Organizations have an obligation to share the responsibility by creating cultures, policies and processes that help women advance.

In this discussion, experts discuss the challenges faced by women within companies and organizations, double standards for women in leadership roles and how women have been breaking the glass ceiling over the years.

The panel features Carol Geffner, director of the Executive Master of Leadership program and professor of the practice of governance, management and policy at USC Price School of Public Policy; Jackie Gomez Whiteley, program director for California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute (CPCELI) at Drucker School of Management; and Katharina Pick, clinical associate professor at Drucker.

Who Will Benefit

– Those who want to understand what barriers still lie ahead for women in leadership
– Women looking to champion their authentic leadership styles
– Organizational leaders hoping to play a more proactive role in combatting gender discrimination

About Our Featured Faculty

Carol J. Geffner, PhD, is professor of the practice of governance, management and policy at the USC Price School of Public Policy and director of the Executive Master of Leadership program. Geffner is well known for her thought leadership and advisory work with multi-sectorial organizations on improving human and organizational performance and the capacity for sustainable success. Geffner is particularly interested in the intersection between organizational performance, management and the discipline of psychology as a basis for her work. She is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader on organizational change, CEO and executive team leadership and performance, large-scale transformation and application of learning theory to improving operational implementation.

Geffner has held faculty positions at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatochi Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate School and Chapman University. She has served on the Board of United Way of Orange County and the Ralph Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship at Chapman University. Geffner earned a PhD from Claremont Graduate University, a Master of Public Administration from USC and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.