Episode 50 – Jodi Bednar

Jodi Bednar is an Energy & Utility consulting practice leader. She has been in the telecommunications and consulting industries for 30 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Management and a degree in Executive Management in the Women’s Leadership Program at Yale University. She shares her vast work and life experiences and the importance of being able to bring your whole self to work.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions & Fact Check

The Big 4 firms in management consulting are Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte), KPMG International (KPMG), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Ernst & Young (EY). As of 2020, they are the four largest consulting firms in terms of revenue.

% Women getting medical degrees. % women in leadership in medical. Women constitute 50.5% of today’s medical students, building on steady increases in recent years that saw women account for the majority of first-year students in 2017 and most of medical school applicants in 2018. Women reached the cusp of the majority in total enrollment last year, when they constituted 49.5% of all medical students, up from 46.9% in 2015. (https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/more-women-men-are-enrolled-medical-school)

Women account for only 18% of hospital CEOs and 16% of all deans and department chairs in the U.S.—positions that typically direct the mission and control the resources at medical centers.  Women are also in the minority when it comes to senior authorship (10%) and Editors-In-Chief (7%) at prestigious medical journals. (https://hbr.org/2018/06/whats-holding-women-in-medicine-back-from-leadership)

CEOs: A whopping 93% are male. Barely 7% are female. CFOs: 87% are male. 13% are female. (https://www.hcamag.com/ca/specialization/diversity-inclusion/iwd-2021-why-are-women-underrepresented-in-the-c-suite/248466); CIOs: Women CIOs make up 25 percent of the Fortune 500’s top IT leaders; Seventy-eight% of new CHROs were women in 2019, and of all Fortune 200 CHROs, 67.3% were women (https://www.workforce.com/news/chief-people-officer-trends-more-women-more-degrees-more-turnover)

According to the McKinsey study “Why Diversity Matters,” companies in the top quartile for gender-diverse executive suites were 15% more likely to generate above-average profitability compared to the bottom quartile of companies whose executive teams were predominantly white and male. (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-numbers-dont-lie-diverse-workforces-make-companies-more-money-2020-07-30)

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Carolie Criado Perez.

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts., by Brene Brown.

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