(Kansas City, Missouri) - Women comprise about half of the U.S. labor force, including half of all professional and management positions. But they account for fewer than 15 percent of the executive officers of Fortune 500 companies and 20 percent of those companies' board members.
How, exactly, are both women and men perceived in the workplace? And how does that affect the way they feel about themselves? Journalist and media consultant Ashley Milne-Tyte, host of the popular podcast The Broad Experience, addresses those questions and the ways in which gender affects people's working lives on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
The presentation, Being Boss-y: A Conversation About Women and Men in the Workplace, begins at 6:30 p.m.
A regular contributor to Public Radio International's Marketplace, Milne-Tyte launched The Broad Experience in 2012. There, she addresses the array of issues women face at work, covering everything from work-life balance to the impact of race and professional women and sex.
"Many women are ambitious," she writes, "yet we don't quite reach our full potential. There are many reasons why. Often they are boiled down to one thing: babies. It's more complicated - and interesting - than that."
The news and gossip website Gawker listed The Broad Experience among its "8 Smart Podcasts You Should Hear," and Fortune magazine hailed it as one of "9 Great Business Podcasts You Should Know."
Milne-Tyte also has written for The Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, and London's Financial Times and The Independent. She has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism since 2010, teaching radio storytelling and how to write for the ear as well as the eye.
The event is presented by the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women's and Gender Studies Program with support from the UMKC Women's Center, Bernardin Haskell Fund, Bloch School of Management's Department of Public Affairs, and UMKC History Department.
A 6 p.m. reception precedes the presentation. Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.