Women in Leadership

$215.00 helps us close the pay gap that has, on average, a woman earning only $785 for every $1,000 earned by a man in Nebraska.

Women in Leadership

Women have been underrepresented for too many years.

While the factors that keep the numbers of women leaders disproportionate are varied and complicated, it’s time to make room at the table. In Omaha, men hold more than 80 percent of board positions. Representation matters.

The Women’s Fund works to level the playing field for women and girls

We fund research on leadership to identify opportunities in our community.
We raise awareness about the importance of gender equity in business and elected office.

Circles: A Leadership Initiative

Women do not have the same networking opportunities as men. The Women’s Fund is working to change that. Through Circles, a diverse network of leaders who support the mission of the Women’s Fund, we are cultivating authentic relationships and leveraging a community that supports and empowers each other.

This includes leadership opportunities, relationship building that goes beyond the three-year term and deeper engagement in issues impacting all women, girls and anyone facing gender-based oppression.

Interested in getting more involved? Learn more!

Women in Leadership

Representation matters. In Omaha, men make up more than 80 percent of board positions, according to our 2016 Women in Leadership Report.

Through 80 interviews with a variety of community leaders, we tapped into the influential minds in Omaha’s corporate, nonprofit, academic, governmental and medical sectors. We spoke to business owners, CEOs, senior administrators, organizational leaders, executive directors, COOs and many more.

The leaders we interviewed were as diverse in their backgrounds as they were in their current roles, but each shared a deep understanding of Omaha, its organizations and the kinds of leaders it produces. And what they said was:

  • A small group of leaders is responsible for an extraordinary number of social, civic and charitable initiatives.
  • Omaha’s largely male leadership networks are unwelcoming to women. Women do not have equal access to the relationship networks central to our community, so a woman’s pace in seeking leadership roles is frequently delayed.
  • Women from racial, ethnic and sexual minority groups face compounded barriers to leadership. Many organizations lack appropriate knowledge of disparities between women of color and white women.

To request a presentation, email info@OmahaWomensFund.org.


This booklet is available as a free download for your personal use and reference.  By design, it is best experienced in conjunction with a training and a specific collaborative structure. For more information, please contact Lisa Schulze, Education and Training Director for the Women’s Fund, at LSchulze@OmahaWomensFund.org