New initiative aims to get more Kansas City women in leadership positions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City Mayor Sly James announced Thursday a new campaign to get women promoted in Kansas City's work force.

In a room of more than 100 supporters, Mayor James declared the city has crafted a new blueprint for women's empowerment in an effort to get women into high-paying, leadership careers.

This blueprint is the first of its kind in the nation, and is a partnership committed to helping women climb the latter to director and CEO jobs in Kansas City.

Across the country, 70 percent of small businesses are created by women, generating $1.7 trillion to the economy, according to the Kansas City Women's Foundation. Yet, in Kansas City women only represent 9 percent of the CEO and director positions at companies.

That compares to around 16 percent in other large cities.

In terms of city workers, women account for only 29 percent of the workforce.

The idea is to add more women to the city's committees, boards and put in place resources to help women specifically be successful in business.

Cici Rojas, president of Central Exchange says the initiative is well overdue.

"People are hungry for this type of initiative and more importantly they are behind it, they are energized and there is definitely momentum," she said.

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