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VP Edmonds Moderates Women’s Workforce Council Panel

Jane C. Edmonds, VP for Programming and Community Outreach, served as panel moderator at the Boston Women’s Workforce Council’s 3rd annual Best Practices Conference on September 29, 2017 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

From left, Cathy E. Minehan, Co-Chair BWWC, Edmonds, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Evelyn F. Murphy, Co-Chair BWWC.

Her panelists included J.D. Chesloff, Massachusetts Business Roundtable;  Jesse Mermell, Alliance for Business Leadership; and Jim Rooney, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s conference featured roundtable discussions about best practices to close the gender wage gap, hosted by CEOs of Compact-signing companies.

The Boston Women’s Workforce Council is a public-private partnership between the City of Boston and Boston University. Originally formed in April 2013, its mission is to close the gender wage gap and remove the visible and invisible barriers to women’s advancement in today’s working world. The Council, comprised of leaders in the private sector, academia, non-profit organizations, and labor unions, works with businesses in the Greater Boston area to ensure that 100% of the talent pool is used to make Boston the premier place for working women.

The bulk of the Council’s work focuses on 100% Talent: The Boston Women’s Compact. The Compact is a first-in-the-nation, public-private partnership in which businesses pledge to take concrete, measurable steps to eliminate the wage gap in their company and to report their progress and employee demographic and salary data anonymously every two years. Over 200 businesses and nonprofits have signed on so far, including Fortune 500 companies, with new signers being added regularly.