Central Ohio Leadership Census - 2014

* Based on 49 organizations with executive officers information publicly available

** 16 females chief executives out of 107 total; some organizations name more than one CEO

*** Insufficient data available

Results PDF

Results to Note:

  • 12 out of 31 public companies have no female executive officers
  • 10 out of 31 public companies have no women on their boards
  • 8 out of 31 public companies have no women on their boards or serving among their executive officers
  • 15 of the top 100 privately held companies in Central Ohio are headed by women
  • 26 of the 61 nonprofit organizations analyzed have female chief executives
  • 100% of the 61 nonprofit organizations analyzed have women serving on their boards
  • 25% of area colleges and universities (nonprofit) in Central Ohio have female presidents
  • Only 2 of the 12 counties in the Greater Columbus area have women serving as county commissioners


  • The research in this report was compiled for organizations within each category that are headquartered in Greater Columbus from publicly available information.
  • These sources included organizational websites, required SEC and IRS filings, relevant media websites, and online business and philanthropic research services and represents the most current information available as of March 2014.
  • All reasonable steps have been taken to confirm the data and ensure their accuracy.
  • Information only available through secondary sources that could not be confirmed through direct contact with the organization was excluded.

By The Numbers – Women’s History Month

I became fascinated with the women who served as pilots in the WASP program during WWII while working on a project in Dayton, Ohio.  I had heard of them, but knew very little about their story.

So I picked up the book _Amelia Earhart’s Daughters: The Wild And Glorious Story Of American Women Aviators From World War II To The Dawn Of The Space Age _by Leslie Haynsworth & David Toomey, which covered not only the story of the WASP program but also the Mercury 13 (did you know 13 women tested and qualified to be astronauts during the Mercury program but were denied the opportunity to participate because they were women?).

Here’s some of what I learned about the Women Airforce Service Pilots program:

  • 25,000 – number of women who applied to be part of the program
  • 1074 – number of women who graduated and served, along with 28 women in the WAFS
  • 60 million – miles they flew during the war – testing planes, ferrying planes to where they were needed, and training
  • 78 – the different types of aircraft the WASP flew, including the B–29 bomber
  • 38  – number of women who died in service to their country.  In most cases, their friends on base had to take up a collection to send their remains home.
  • 1979 – the year their role was acknowledged officially and they were given veterans’ status with limited eligibility to veterans benefits.
  • 2009 – the year the women who were part of the WASP program were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal
  • 2014 – the year the WASP program was recognized in the Tournament of Roses Parade with a float honoring their service.

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This information was first shared at The Women’s Book for International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month, 2014

By The Numbers - International Women's Day


Number of women in the world: 3,552,441,239

Political Participation

Women serving in national legislature/parliament:

  • Rwanda is #1 with 64%
  • US is 60th out of 188 countries with 18%

Business Leadership

Women on Board – Industrialized Markets

  • Norway is #1 with women holding 36% of the seats on corporate boards
  • Japan is last (out of 23) with women holding 1.1% of the seats on corporate boards
  • United States – Tied with Australia with 14% (S&P 1500)

 Women in Senior Management

  • Highest: China, where women hold 51% of senior management roles
  • Lowest: Japan, where women hold 7% of senior management roles
  • United States: 20% (38th out of 45 countries)

Gender Wage Gap

  • Lowest Gender Wage Gap: New Zealand – $0.96 (women make $0.96 for ever $1 made by men)
  • Highest Wage Gap: South Korea – $0.63
  • US Wage Gap: $0.78

This information was first shared at The Women’s Book for International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month, 2014