Forbes article: Women are finally crushing the glass ceiling of the ski industry

Tricia

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The opening line of this article is -
More women than ever before are taking on big roles in winter sports. It's about time.

While I get a sense that there are more women in big roles in winter sports, I am not so sure that we(as a gender) are crushing it.

Women Are Finally Crushing the Glass Ceiling of the Ski Industry

Snip from the article with a quote from Raelene Davis from Ski Utah:
“My observation is that things are changing and as the old guard retires, new, younger blood is taking the helm,” she said. “This new guard is new school and does not hold the same traditional stereotypes regarding employment roles. Therefore, it is my hope that young women will be hired based on their talent and not denied employment based on their gender.”

My personal take on it is that many are being hired and promoted based on talent as well as ambition, not denied based on gender stereotypes, not necessarily gender itself.

Example: I was actually told I wasn't ambitious by a superior at a VR owned resort, because I wanted to be the best bootfitter and hard goods specialist. I had(have) ambition to do my job at a high level, but I don't have ambition to build my resume for promotion within a corporate chain.
 

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Yet the writer of the article linked skipped over Pat Campbell.....purposeful oversight?
One would think that if profiling those who have broken the glass ceiling in the ski industry, they would have included the President of Vail.
 

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No disagreement by me @Tricia and given one can fetch a qualified leader at 75% to 90% the going rate, it can save the cash strapped industry some money!

Not saying this is the reason but one never knows if talent can be more cheaply had maybe a partial driver. I've seen plenty of articles showing women get hosed on pay, lots of studies, some studies note gender bias, some noting women aren't as aggressive on pay demands ... I push my daughters to promote their worth, and don't be shy.

However I believe too as more women lead, we should see less pay deviation. (sorry for the sidetrack)

But overall, while I'm the aging white entitled male, like seeing demographics change in the corp world.
 

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Yet the writer of the article linked skipped over Pat Campbell.....purposeful oversight?
One would think that if profiling those who have broken the glass ceiling in the ski industry, they would have included the President of Vail.
What is also pretty noteworthy is that Pat is the only member of the Sr. Management group at Vail Resorts who really has deep experience in working at, and running, a ski resort/area. He career began, I believe as a ski instructor at Jackson Hole about 30 years ago. Then on to a variety of ski jobs, and locations. The rest of that team is VERY corporate, in every single respect. The CMO, also a woman, I believe was a consumer marketing wiz.....Kraft foods? Yeah, MTN might be all abut the Epic Pass, and driving a great stock price and market cap, but they sure as heck don't look they are in the ski business based on that team. Unless entirely new thinking is the way to go.

Thanks for posting, @Tricia.
 
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