When recent focus groups, in places as diverse as Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Sydney and Chicago, were asked to characterise Rotary and Rotarians, their responses included: “Business men”, “elite”, “secretive”, “old”, “wealthy” and “not sure that women are allowed into local clubs”.
They say a poor tradie blames their tools. For more than twenty years we have been trying to close the gender pay gap and establish a strong female talent pipeline. As it turns out, we’ve been using the wrong tools.
This report reflects on a Rotary District 2010/1011 Board being composed solely by a single gender, demonstrating a lack of diversity. I believe in incorporating current best practice, and thus we should have a mixed board reflecting the gender diversity of the population of both our community and membership base.