Carolyn Chan, a Leadership Coach at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, spoke Friday, March 2, on the topic of “Preparing Yourself for Senior Leadership” at the 2018 Women in Maritime Leadership Conference.
The two-day conference, held March 2-3 at the California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo, focused on supporting the success of women in maritime, transportation, and related industries.
“The session was interactive,” says Carolyn, “and we shared stories and statistics and had a rich dialogue about the choices and trade-offs for women leading in the industry. In the maritime industry, women are still vastly underrepresented within the senior ranks and represent only 2% of the total workforce.”
Carolyn and the other presenters, Joe Fischioni of Chartwells and Meena Wilson of Alliances for Women, talked to the 30 participants about ways to address these challenges.
“Recognizing that unconscious bias still exists, we focused on how women can position themselves for advancement in two key ways: by creating a brand identity and personal reputation that they can leverage to board levels and by pursuing the experiences that will help them gain leadership exposure.”
Cal Maritime has achieved greater gender diversity in its senior ranks recently, and with the assistance of Storbeck/Pimentel, Susan B. Opp came on board as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2015.
Other searches led by SPA at Cal Maritime include: President, Vice President of University Advancement, and Director of Human Resources.