09 May CREW Upstate President, Lisa Dwight writes article on the advantages of diversity in business
Diversity: A business advantage
By: Lisa Dwight, CREW Upstate President / DP3 Architects Director of Marketing
Not hiring a newly married woman because she might be planning a family; avoiding giving criticism or feedback to a woman for fear she might become emotional; commenting that women are naturally better at cleaning, shopping, or childcare—these are examples of conscious and unconscious gender bias that exist not only in the Upstate but across the country.
Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Upstate is committed to advancing the achievements of women in our industry and our community. According to a study by CREW Network, detailed in the white paper, Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Bias and Other Barriers for Women in Commercial Real Estate, women represent approximately 35% of the commercial real estate workforce in the United States. The study also revealed that in 2015, the industry median annual compensation for women was $115,000 compared to $150,000 for men—an average income gap of 23.3%. The Global Gender Gap Index released in October of 2016 by the World Economic Forum―a not-for-profit foundation for public-private cooperation―predicted that worldwide gender parity in terms of employment opportunity and pay levels will not be achieved for 170 years.