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Petitioning Inc. Sales Stephen Simmons

Tell Inc. 500/5000 to Headline & Support More Women At Conference


The Inc. 500/500 Conference and Awards Ceremony works to recognize the 5000 fastest-growing, privately held companies in America - but get this, it has published a main stage conference line up of 10 men and ZERO women.

In other words, the conference organizers could not find a SINGLE female entrepreneur to headline this event?

In addition, the breakout sessions have a total of 19 speakers, only three of whom are women. Also, it is important that the conference consider scholarships and childcare during the event in order to make it more female and family friendly - neither of which currently exist.

Inc. 500/5000 says it is "the only major business conference that recognizes the tremendous achievements of entrepreneurs in America."

Somehow, I don't think this is true, considering it's not representing a lot of it's constituents.

For instance, in 2007 US News and World Report wrote about how"Businesses owned by women are the fastest-growing sector of new ventures in the United States. Nearly half of all privately held firms in 2004 were at least 50 percent owned by women, according to the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. Between 1997 and 2004, the number of businesses owned by women grew by almost 20 percent, compared with only a 9 percent increase overall."

The pool of female entrepreneurs may be small, but it still exists. No. More. Excuses. For. All. Male. Panels.

 

 

Letter to
Inc. Sales Stephen Simmons
It has come to my attention that the Inc. 500/500 Conference and Awards Ceremony hosted has published a main stage conference line up of 10 men and ZERO women.

Is it really possible that the conference organizers couldn't find a single female to headline the event?

Additionally, the breakout sessions have a total of 19 speakers, only three of whom are women and the conference doesn't appear to offer child care or scholarships to attend the events.

US News and World Report has written about how "Businesses owned by women are the fastest-growing sector of new ventures in the United States. Nearly half of all privately held firms in 2004 were at least 50 percent owned by women, according to the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. Between 1997 and 2004, the number of businesses owned by women grew by almost 20 percent, compared with only a 9 percent increase overall."

The pool of female entrepreneurs may be small, but it still exists.

There are no excuses for all-male panels, speaker series and conferences that exclude women from the stage.

Please explain why the conference is so one-sided and what your intentions are to balance the representation of gender at Inc. 500/5000 conference this year.