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We Are Rotary: Advancing Women as Leaders

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We Are Rotary: Advancing Women as Leaders

  1. 1. WE ARE ROTARY: ADVANCING WOMEN AS LEADERS Rotary International Membership Development August 2019
  2. 2. 2 Beth Keck Rotary Club of Bentonville, USA Dr. ‘Bowtie’ Todd Jenkins Rotary Club of Fayetteville, USA YOUR FACILITATORS
  3. 3. 3 EXPLORE BARRIERS CHALLENGE MINDSETS DISCUSS BENEFITS OF DIVERSITY DEVELOP ACTIONS
  4. 4. 4 POLL I have power over whether Rotary is an organization that promotes diversity, equity, & inclusion.
  5. 5. 5 How is your club working to elevate the presence of underrepresented groups as members? YOU SAID: Reaching out to underrepresented communities to make connections 34% Talking openly about why our club lacks diversity 22% Shifting our institutional perspective about leadership 8% Updating our policies and procedures 6% Haven’t begun to address this yet 22% 1976 webinar responses
  6. 6. 6 WOMEN AS LEADERS
  7. 7. 7 STRONGER Organizational health RESULTS OF 3 OR MORE WOMEN AT THE TOP BROADER Leadership capabilities IMPROVED Decision making INCREASED Diversity of thought WIDER Talent pool BETTER MATCH For customers & clients
  8. 8. 8 WOMEN LEADERS IN ROTARY
  9. 9. 9 2018 COUNCIL ON RESOLUTIONS, NOVEMBER 2018 Resolution 18R-30: To request the RI Board to consider promoting women in Rotary Adopted – YES 322 No 172 Resolution 18R-31: To request the RI Board to consider increasing opportunities for women, young leaders, and people of different races and ethnicities to serve in district, zone and RI leadership positions Adopted – YES 304 No 192
  10. 10. 1 0 DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION POSITION STATEMENT As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunity to participate as members and leaders. RI Board of Directors, January 2019
  11. 11. 1 1 2019 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION, APRIL 2019 4.070. Limitations on Membership. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2.030., no club, regardless of the date of its admission to membership in RI, may by provisions in its constitution or otherwise, limit membership in the club on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation or impose any condition of membership not specifically prescribed by the RI constitution or bylaws. Each club shall endeavor to build a well-balanced membership that celebrates diversity.
  12. 12. 1 2 The RI Board of Directors sets a goal for the number of women in Rotary & Rotary leadership positions to be 30 percent by June 2023 RI Board of Directors, January 2019
  13. 13. 1 3 23% OF ROTARIANS ARE WOMEN 32% USA, Canada & Caribbean 29% Latin America 28% Australia, New Zealand 32% Africa & Middle East 18% RIBI* 18% Europe 28% Central & SE Asia 7% Japan 22% Korea 12% India *Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland
  14. 14. 1 4 26% 0 District governors Source: Rotary International as of July 1, 2019 WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP, 2019-2020 Club presidents Regional leaders RI Directors RI President 21% 28% 10% Club presidents District governors Regional Leaders RI Directors RI President
  15. 15. 1 5 The current path to becoming a leader in Rotary is outdated. YOU SAID: Strongly Agree 18% Agree 44% Disagree 35% Strongly Disagree 3% 1950 webinar responses
  16. 16. 1 6 CHANGES TO RI DIRECTOR & TRF TRUSTEES RI Directors TRF Trustees
  17. 17. 1 7 POLICIES & PRACTICES PERSONAL CHOICES INSTITUTIONAL MINDSETS INDIVIDUAL MINDSETS THE BARRIERS
  18. 18. 1 8 Behaviors Identity, needs & fears Thoughts & feelings Beliefs & values Behaviors Source: McKinsey “Perhaps it is Rotary itself that needs to change its mindset & its culture…” Thomas Swan, The Rotarian November 2018 Behaviors MINDSETS ARE HARD TO CHANGE
  19. 19. 1 9 DIVERSITY
  20. 20. 2 0 INCLUSION
  21. 21. 2 1 EQUITY
  22. 22. 2 2
  23. 23. 2 3 DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION
  24. 24. 2 4 POLL How should we select our leaders in Rotary?
  25. 25. 2 5 ACTIONS
  26. 26. 2 6 AT THE CLUB, DISTRICT AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL, CONSIDER: What policies & practices prevent women from being leaders? 563 actions Recommended by ~500 Rotarians RI Convention 2019 What mindsets create barriers for women?
  27. 27. 2 7 1. Update RI processes & policies 2. Elevate visibility of underrepresented groups 3. Increase transparency for advancement 4. Promote mentorship 5. Educate on DEI 6. Create an inclusive environment 7. Increase women, younger members 8. Hold Rotarians accountable RECOMMENDATIONS FROM IC19
  28. 28. 2 8 Which of these is the most important action Rotary can take in order to advance women? YOU SAID: Elevate the visibility of underrepresented groups 32% Educate members about DEI 23% Promote mentorship 17% Increase transparency for advancement 13% Update the governing documents, policies & processes 12% 1952 webinar responses
  29. 29. 2 9 “Currently it takes an immense amount of time to acquire all the qualifications required to be RI president......if I just did all the required things…the earliest I could be considered for RI president is when I’m in my late 50s. Our future Board will look pretty much as it does today.” Sandhya Maini Ontario, Canada The Rotarian, November 2018 • Recognize personal & professional excellence • Fast-track promising leaders • Increase transparency • Reform selection process, role expectations UPDATE POLICIES, PROCESSES & PROCEDURES
  30. 30. 3 0 “I saw there were women in leadership and thought I can do that and I want to do that. It made the path much easier for me to follow.” Karen DeMatteo, DG, District 7410 International Assembly, January 2019 • Equal representation on stage at Rotary events & programs • Equal representation on committees • Events celebrating women ELEVATE VISIBILITY OF UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS
  31. 31. 3 1 • Members receive DEI training • Establish RI, zone & district DEI coordinators • Leverage local experts EDUCATE ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DEI)
  32. 32. 3 2 AVAILABLE RESOURCES ROTARY.ORG/ MEMBERSHIP GOVERNANCE DOCUMENTS ONLINE MENTOR COURSE
  33. 33. 3 3 NEXT STEPS  Be intentional  Create an inclusive environment  Reach out to underrepresented groups  Hold each other accountable
  34. 34. 3 4 POLL I have power over whether Rotary is an organization that promotes diversity, equity, & inclusion.
  35. 35. Q&A MembershipDevelopment @Rotary.org

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