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Betty Jane Punnett, Department of Management Studies University of the West Indies – Cave Hill Campus Thanks to UWI School for Graduate Studies & Research for support for the project & SSHRC for sponsorship of the Symposium JOHN MOLSON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY JUNE 18, 2004 KEYNOTE ADDRESS SUCCESSFUL WOMEN SYMPOSIUM

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PROJECT DEVELOPMENT: IMPORTANT MILESTONES Academy of Management Workshop on Free Trade of the Americas AIB Discussion of Protocols Pilot Project in the Caribbean IWAM Conference & Networking Data Collection – Mexico, USA, Canada The South American Partners More Partners and More Potential CONCORDIA SYMPOSIUM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE OUR RESEARCH AND BROADEN OUR REACH

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BRIEF PROJECT SYNOPSIS Consistently, around the world, women face challenges in the world of work, described as glass ceilings and walls (sometimes brick ceilings and walls) According to the most recent US Census Bureau: On average, Women earn 25% less than men (up from 41% less in 1970) White women earn 28% less than white males (white males earn the most of all groups), black women 18% less than black males, and Hispanic women 17%less than Hispanic males In medicine & health, women earn 37% less than males 9 out of 10 RNs are women, but women nurses earn 12% less than male nurses There are many successful women, who overcome the challenges. Do they share common characteristics?

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Consistently, around the world, variations in cultural characteristics/values have been identified, and these variations impact on behaviors and work We believe that cultural characteristics/values may influence the way in which women can achieve success at work Study Designed to Identify Personal Characteristics that Influence Women’s Success, and to Consider Differences Across Cultures BRIEF PROJECT SYNOPSIS CONTINUED

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Operational Definition of Professional Success “reaching a relatively high level in one’s occupation or profession” Provides a Wide Range of Occupations/Professions

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Conceptually Related to How Women Achieve Success MEASURES OF CULTURE

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Conceptually Related to Achieving Success MEASURES OF PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

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FIGURE II: RELATIONSHIP CULTURE & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

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RESULTS OF PILOT STUDY SUMMARY OF INTERVIEW COMMENTS

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SUMMARY OF SURVEY RESULTS

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Importance of global research projects and collaborating with other researchers around the world SOME CONCLUSIONS Pilot Study provides information on shared personal characteristics of professionally successful women, and evidence of cultural values, in three English-speaking Caribbean locations. Current research will provide comparisons among locations, which will add to understanding of shared as well as differentiating characteristics.