Between 2010 and 2017, Des Moines netted 32,000 newcomers. Oklahoma City added 52,000 people. Wichita lost a net total of 18,000. A disproportionate number of those departures were college-educated women under age 45 and minorities with an associate's degree or higher. (Chung Report)
How do we spark the change needed to retain the expertise of our educated workforce? As a convener of the business community, the Chamber is initiating a new program to provide a space for enhancing connections and increasing the visibility of women professionals in our community.
Journey Unseen is a new 4-part series that facilitates connections between women within the community and features a moderated discussion with women community leaders to share their “unknown stories” about their career journey. In 2020, the program will take place from March through June on the following dates: March 24 (Kaye Monk-Morgan), April 28 (Shelly Prichard), May 26 (Panel TBD), June 23 (Dr. Sheree Utash.) Christina Long, owner and principal consultant of CML Collective and the Chamber’s 2018 Exceptional Young Leader will moderate each of the discussions.
What are each of us doing to ignite change and retain the workforce we need to succeed in a competitive global market? Karen S. Carter, Chief Human Resources Office, Chief Inclusion Officer of Dow Chemical Company said it best, we need “to move from allies to sponsors. Advocates for women. Champions. And to all the women out there, we should not be the ones to cast the first stone. Too often, we are not women’s best allies. If you’ve moved up, send the elevator back down for other talented women. And when the doors open, pull that next leader in, bring them up – advocate, champion, take action.”
Corporate Host sponsorships are available with the opportunity to invite their employees to one or all four of the conversations. Please email Tram Ngo, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Register now for our conversation with Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs of Wichita State University, Kaye Monk-Morgan (pictured right) on March 24. In addition to the conversation local women organizations will showcase programs and opportunities for attendees to enhance their community involvement.
Chamber and W member tickets are $15 with a drink included. Non-member tickets are $20 with a drink included. Registration is required. Click here to register.
2020 Presenting Sponsor: Signal Theory