Date of Award

2-2020

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Department

Seminary

First Advisor

Mary Pandiani, DMin

Second Advisor

Ken Van Vliet, DMin

Third Advisor

Jason Clark, PhD, DMin

Abstract

The lack of gender-balanced leadership has been a problem in the United States and around the world for centuries. Although women make up more than fifty percent of the U.S. population, and graduate with over sixty percent of all undergraduate and graduate degrees, they continue to be severely underrepresented in upper-level leadership in almost every company, organization, and church across America. Much has been done over the years to move toward equality for women in order to bring them to the powerful place of leadership men have held from the beginning of our country’s founding. From Women’s Suffrage to Affirmative Action, efforts have been made to close the longstanding gender leadership gap. Current efforts to create gender parity in the area of leadership have made extremely small gains in closing this gap. This dissertation addresses this national problem by highlighting some of the common barriers to genderbalanced leadership and proposing potential solutions to address these barriers. The primary solution presented is challenging influential men in positions of power to increase their overall value of and appreciation for what women leaders bring to the table, and inspiring them to sponsor women toward specific leadership roles. To this end, the accompanying artifact is a website called www.GenderSynergy.us that is designed to educate and inspire men to become champions for women leaders in order to increase gender-balanced leadership in their sphere of influence and permanently close the gender leadership gap across all sectors.

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