Chamber of Commerce panel highlights need for more women in leadership

"When you have diverse perspectives around a decision-making table, you have better options to choose from."

Hadas Kuznits
October 05, 2018 - 8:16 am
From left: Robin L. Wiessmann, Pa. Secretary of Banking and Securities; Leslie Richards, Pa. Secretary of Transportation; Angela G. Mago, KeyCorp; Eloise Young, Philadelphia Gas Works; Susan Jacobson, Jacobson Strategic Communications

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Several hundred Chamber of Commerce attendees started their morning on Thursday with an inspiring panel discussion about women in leadership. 

Leslie Richards, Pennsylvania's first female secretary of the Department of Transportation, was among the panelists at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia's women in leadership discussion at University of the Arts in Philadelphia:

"Everything that's happening today has really raised the level of discussion," she said. "People who maybe have not been engaged before are becoming engaged now."

Robin Wiessman, Pennsylvania secretary of banking and securities, said her biggest takeaway from the event is the need for conversations about women in leadership.

"And that it's timely," she added, "that people recognize the need for diversity and inclusion, that it actually matters for businesses, bottom line."

Richards advises women to jump right in.

"Don't wait. If you wait for the perfect opportunity, you may spend your whole life waiting," she said. "All of the data shows that when you have diverse perspectives around a decision-making table, you have better options to choose from and it really helps. ... Who doesn't want their company to perform at the highest level possible?"