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Gartner reports the results of a survey looking at gender balance in the business continuity profession

In an article by Roberta Witty, Gartner has published the results of a survey jointly conducted with the Association of Continuity Professionals looking at gender diversity in the business continuity profession.

Entitled ‘Women’s Future in BCM Requires Innovation, Collaboration and Adaptability Capabilities, and Professional Respect From Management’ the article highlights the following key findings from the survey:

  • Female survey respondents’ experience in the business continuity profession is marked by complexity, accomplishment and some hardship. They are enthusiastic about their business continuity careers — an encouraging signal to executives facing a shortage of skilled professionals.
  • Survey respondents reported few female business continuity executives: 89 percent of executives in IT disaster recovery (DR) and 80 percent of executives in BCM program-related roles are male. 30 percent of executives in crisis management are female.
  • Both genders see innovative, collaborative, adaptable, technically adept and business acumen as the top five future competencies for success in business continuity. Although business acumen is in the top five competencies for future success across both genders, women ranked it fifth out of 11, whereas men ranked it ninth out of 11.
  • Fifty percent of female respondents agree that women have experienced gender discrimination, whereas only 18 percent of men agree.

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