The purpose of the Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership is to strengthen the leadership capacity of our women students, staff, and faculty, so they can fill the leadership gap internally and in the external environment of organizations and communities worldwide.
Our primary goals are:
- to prepare women for successful careers in the marketplace, where they can embrace lives of purpose, service, and exceptional leadership.
- to establish Pepperdine as a university of choice for students and staff, while continually engaging with alumni to enable them to feel competent, confident, and ready to lead.
- to advance research and engage faculty to broaden the global dialogue on gender- and diversity-related issues.
Why is this so important?
Women make up approximately half of the labor force in most countries today. At the same time, there is a significant drop in numbers as we advance toward positions of greater influence:
Worldwide, only 24% of women are in senior management.
19% of women become partners in large law firms.
Of all U.S. Fortune 500 CEOs, just 4.6% are women.
A recent KPMG study found that 86% of women recall being taught to be nice to others growing up, while only 34% were taught to share a point of view, and a full three-quarters (76%) of women wish they had learned more about leadership and had more leadership opportunities while growing up.
Why act now?
"The capacity to build strong, productive relationships at work matters to success. ...This is a great time to be a woman in leadership because this shift taps into our strengths."
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter
Director of the Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership