Working Families Initiative

 

The Working Families Initiative at the C. T. Bauer College of Business Presents:

Taking a Break Without Breaking Your Career

September 1, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER*

*Please note: Registration deadline is Monday, August 28, 2017 (Space is limited)

Please join us for a luncheon and table talk discussion about the challenges of taking time off, organizational support for ease of transition and corporate concerns for gaps in candidate’s resumes due to a prolonged leave.

Through the Working Families Initiative, Bauer College aims to provide resources, support and access for women in business school, along with applicable research that organizations can use to implement policies and standards that benefit a diverse workforce.

Date: Friday, September 1, 2017
Location: Hilton Americas
Address: 1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Price of registration: $35
Registration deadline: August 28, 2017 Space is limited.

If you have any questions please contact the Bauer College Dean’s Office at deansrsvp@bauer.uh.edu.

Today, more women graduate from college than men, a trend that started in 2010 — approximately 30 percent more women receive degrees than men, and 67 percent of students who graduate college with honors are women. While women make up 47 percent of the general workforce in the United States, less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs, and less than 20 percent of S&P 500 board seats are held by women. Five years into their careers, women are paid 30 percent less than their male colleagues and after 10 years, they earn 60 percent less. Yet, academic research shows that organizations with women on their boards earn higher financial returns, are better organized and contribute to improved health of the organization.

The issue is not just one of women’s rights. In more than six out of 10 households, all parents work, while in 1970, it was only four in 10. Men have increasingly taken on childcare responsibilities and other duties in the home, with many couples splitting home and workplace responsibilities more evenly than before. The U.S. labor market, however, has not fully adapted to these changes, with benefits, leave and flexibility often reflecting the workplace dynamic of previous decades.

Through the Working Families Initiative, Bauer College aims to provide resources, support and access for women in business school, along with applicable research that organizations can use to implement policies and standards that benefit a diverse workforce. Established in late 2015, this group includes representation from Bauer College faculty, staff and students, along with corporate partners, and is working to identify areas of focus for the coming year. If you’d like to participate, email workingfamilies@bauer.uh.edu.

 

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