Business and community leaders take the ‘ElevateHer Corporate Challenge’

Posted at 4:55 PM, Jun 08, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY -- Local business and community leaders have launched the Women's Leadership Institute in an effort to raise more women to leadership roles.

The "ElevateHer Corporate Challenge" encourages Utah organizations to:

· Increase the percentage of women in senior leadership positions.
· Increase the retention rate of women at all levels of the organization.
· Increase the number of women on your company’s board of directors or extend influence in your industry by encouraging women to serve on paid boards.
· Monitor pay by gender and other factors and close identified gaps.
· Establish a leadership development and/or mentoring program for women or enhance existing programs.
· Recruit women to run for public office and give follow-up support.
· Create your own innovative ways to elevate the stature of women’s leadership both in and outside of your organization

"I think Utah and Salt Lake City in particular will benefit, as well, as we include the other half of our very talented workforce more effectively in our organizations," said Bruce Larson, Chief Operating Officer of Goldman Sachs' SLC office.

Patricia Jones, CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute and Jeffery Tobias Halter, a gender strategist and author of "WHY WOMEN, The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men," visited the FOX 13 Studio to talk with Max Roth about the initiative. Their interview appears below.