CSUF Business Initiative Preps Women for Leadership Roles

Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is prepping female business students for executive leadership roles, providing the women with skills that will ideally encourage them to pursue currently male-dominated supervisor roles.

The new Women’s Leadership Program launched this fall at the university.

“We felt that there was a need for (the program) because the levels of women who reach high levels in executive positions is still not equal to men,” said Goli Sadri, a CSUF management professor and academic director of the Women’s Leadership Program.

Sadri and Joanna Moore, the program’s director, are leading the program.

Moore, a retired Mercury Insurance senior vice president and chief claims officer as well as founder and principal of J. Moore Consulting Services, believes her partnership with Sadri, who is highly knowledgeable in organizational behavior and leadership, exposes program participants to an academic’s and female executive leader’s points of view on the topic.

“That is one of the things that makes our program unique,” Moore said.

A January Pew Research Center report found that less than 6 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are female. However, there has been improvement. Twenty years ago, for instance, there weren’t any Fortune 500 female CEOs.

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