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Earlier in 2017 DRI International conducted a survey looking at the experiences of women in the business continuity profession. Around 1000 responses were received to the survey and the results have now been published in a white paper.

Entitled ‘A study of women in business continuity management: progress made but much room for improvement remains’ the white paper can be obtained from the DRI Resource Library.

Click here to download the white paper from the Resource Library.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • Mentorship is an area where there is a clear opportunity for growth, with 45 percent of respondents identifying lack of a mentor as one of the biggest challenges to entering the field, 45 percent saying they have never had a professional mentor, and 53 percent reporting they have never been mentors.
  • Just over two percent of women surveyed rate the visibility of women in business continuity as excellent, while some 18 percent rank it as poor.
  • At 60 percent, the majority of participants report experiencing conscious bias, unconscious bias, or both in the workplace.
  • Nearly 80 percent of women surveyed hold at least one professional certification.
The study is an initiative of the DRI Women in Business Continuity Management Committee. This committee seeks to bring together women in business continuity and related fields through panel discussions and events, professional activities, and community service activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please email

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