Smart Women Breakfast: A look at our attendees

At this year’s Smart Women Breakfast, held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton, attendees were offered a chance to download an event app, which was sponsored by Convero. Through the app, they could answer a few brief survey questions that let us know a little about those who attended. We thought it’d be interesting to share the results.

On the job

Looking at the results of the Convero survey, most attendees, a little over 35 percent, work in marketing. Finance and client services tied for second at 29.4 percent, and 5.9 percent of those polled said they work in the legal field.

poll_currentdeptMost attendees, 50 percent, have been in their current position at least one year but less than three years. More than 18 percent of respondents have been at their job for 10 or more years, and 25 percent have been at their job between three and five years.


Getting ahead

For 45 percent of those surveyed, two to three senior-level staff members at their organization actively assisted them in getting ahead in their career. A little more than 24 percent reported that at least one helped them, while 16 percent said they advanced without senior-level help.

poll_assistThe persons who have been most influential on motivating attendees’ career progression are their first boss and a mentor, according to 16.7 percent of respondents. Moms and husbands were named by 12.2%, edged out by current bosses at 14.4 percent, but the majority of respondents said it was someone not available in the survey choices that was the most influential.

poll_influenceExactly 80 percent of Smart Women Breakfast attendees who took the poll said that they would someday like to be a top executive, while 5 percent have no interest and 15 percent are already in the c-suite.

poll_riseJust for fun

Similarly, when it comes to the activity that grounds them, most attendees selected “other” (26.3 percent), but exercise, reading, walking their dog and cooking were among the top choices.

poll_groundThanks to everyone who took the survey. We hope to see you next year at the Smart Women Breakfast. Until then, here’s a video of attendees at the 2016 Central Ohio Smart Women Breakfast talking about the importance of workforce diversity and driving internal change through innovation.