By Paul Feinberg
“There’s still so much work to be done,” said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian while addressing a standing-room-only Korn Convocation Hall audience at Anderson’s fifth annual Anderson Women’s Leadership Summit. “Work to get us where we should be, need to be and aspire to be.” The summit was held February 3, 2017, bringing together more than 400 business leaders, alumni, faculty and students.
Olian opened the conference — whose 2017 theme was Velocity: Empower Together — with remarks that acknowledged the reality women face in the workplace and society, noting that “The higher you look in companies, the fewer women you will see,” and “The United States has slipped to number 45 out of 144 countries in gender equality, down from 28 last year.” She offered positive vibes for the future, pointing out that the United States has closed the education gap and ranks number one in education attainment, and that at UCLA the entering freshman class is 56% women. “There’s a large and growing pool of educated female talent in this country ... and we need to harness the full power of that enormous talent of women,” she said.
In keeping with the theme of Empower Together, Olian said, “It’s a time when positive, strong leadership of women ... and men ... is needed is needed. One thing we can all do is push our female peers forward. The second thing we can do together is educate the men in our lives — our fathers, our partners, our sons, our brothers, our bosses.”