The Women's Council of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is planning a series of activities designed to help women advance in their careers and increase their participation in the industry association.
"We hope not to need this Council five to 10 years from now."
Lori Frasier, senior vice president of strategy and performance management at Key Equipment Finance, is chair of the Women's Council, which will host a Women's Leadership Forum in April in Wayne, Penn., with more events to be planned later in the year.
Frasier envisions the council shaping the industry so it is inclusive and diverse. "We hope not to need this Council five to 10 years from now," she said.
She also acknowledged the council's alignment with the times. "We’re at a point in our nation where women’s issues of all kinds are in the headlines, and we believe the time is ripe for change," she said in a recent article in Equipment Leasing & Finance magazine. "The equipment finance industry has not achieved gender-balanced leadership, and building awareness is important to get companies to think about this issue. It’s not about pointing fingers; it’s about getting people to think differently, and it starts by increasing awareness.”
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