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Why Aren't More Women Working at Top Levels in Supply Chain Management?

Women account for 37 percent of students enrolled in university supply chain courses, but only 5 percent of top-level supply chain positions at Fortune 500 companies are filled by women, according to SCM World. In comparison, women hold 15 percent of all executive officer positions at Fortune 500 companies.

Why Aren't More Women Working at Top Levels in Supply Chain Management?

Getting more women in supply chain management is a major part of getting more women into corporate leadership as supply chain and logistics get more and more interest from the C-suite.

And findings of the most comprehensive study yet on the relationship between successful companies and the percentage of their leaders who are women have been described in a Forbes article, “Companies Do Better With Women Leaders (But Women Need More Confidence To Lead), Study Says.”

The worldwide study, conducted by DDI, a Pittsburgh-based human resources consulting firm, and The Conference Board, a nonprofit business research group, found that companies that are in the top 20 percent based on financial performance have at least 27 percent of leaders who are women. In the least successful companies surveyed, only 19 percent or less of leaders are women.

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