September 30, 2020
Leading with the heart and/or the head? Experiences of women student leaders in top world forestry universities
Women have been historically underrepresented in the forest sector. Given a graying workforce, there is a significant opportunity to diversify the sector via a younger generation entering the industry. To a large extent, the gender situation in the forest sector is influenced by the education of employees in the sector. Therefore, it is beneficial to know the perceptions of women student leaders, as future industry leaders, about gender diversity and equality in forestry universities. Utilizing interviews, we found that although our respondents perceived increase in the proportion of women students in forestry higher education, this is not proportionately reflected in the forestry workforce. Our respondents emphasize that women can be good leaders utilizing skills of listening, collaboration, and organization and it is not necessary to show agentic qualities to be considered a good leader.
April 9, 2020
The “Catch-22” of Representation of Women in the Forest Sector: The Perspective of Student Leaders in Top Global Forestry Universities
Although there are continuous efforts aimed at increasing gender diversity, the forest sector is still largely perceived as a male dominated field, indicated by a persistent masculine image. As a result, women are still underrepresented. Utilizing interviews, we found that greater representation of women in the forest sector is considered as one of the best solutions to attract young women to the industry. However, it presents a ‘Catch-22’ in which the solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem. We propose to change the forest sector image by tackling gender issues such as sexual harassment, and by simultaneously focusing on the good features of the industry such as its important role in a sustainable future and solutions for the modern world. For example, the sector can show its role in mitigating climate change and in supporting a more sustainable future economy (e.g., bioeconomy and green jobs) and urban built environment. In addition, changing the forest sector image should be supported with better marketing and promotion in various platforms, both online and offline. The sector also needs to utilize social media to attract younger generations.
April 9, 2019
“From nude calendars to tractor calendars”: The perspectives of female executives on gender aspects in the North American and Nordic forest industries
Increasing gender diversity is no longer just the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do. However, although there is general literature about gender diversity and the perspectives of females in top management and leadership, there are very few forest sector specific studies. This exploratory study utilizes interviews to better understand how female executives in North America and the Nordic countries of Finland and Sweden perceive the impact of the situation of gender diversity in the forest industry. Respondents also provide career advice for young females entering or considering entry into the industry. Female executives in both regions agree that although the forest sector is still seen as a male-oriented industry, there are signs of increasingly positive attitudes regarding industry/company culture towards the benefits of greater gender diversity. However, the described changes represent an evolution, not revolution. Interestingly, despite the status of Nordic countries as leaders in bridging the gender gap, respondents from this region believe that there is significant progress yet to be made in the forest industry, especially at the entry level. With respect to career development, North American respondents suggested young females should consider sacrificing their social life and leisure time activities. Instead, Nordic respondents emphasized personal supports or using exit strategy from an unsupportive company or boss.
Forest Products Society (FPS) International Convention
July 27-31, 2020
The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the convention was held online.
Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) International Convention
October 20 - 25, 2019
In this 62nd SWST International Convention, I did a poster presentation about my PhD dissertation. While my mentee did an oral presentation about a research project that we conducted together, the women student leaders perspectives about gender dynamics in the forest sector. Please find her video presentation by clicking the button below.
Venue: Tenaya Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California, USA.
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress
September 29 - October 5, 2020
The IUFRO World Congress, held at 5-year intervals, is one of the largest global forest events attended by more than 3,000 participants. It brings together scientists and stakeholders from all parts of the world to discuss scientific and technical issues related to priority areas of forest research, policy and management. It is interdisciplinary and integrative in scientific content.
Venue: Positivo University, Curitiba, Brazil.
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)
May 28 - June 1, 2019
NCORE constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The 2019 NCORE was attended by more than 5,000 participants.
Venue: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, USA.
OSU President’s Commission Status of Women (PCOSW) Awards Celebration
May 3, 2019
Annual PCOSW award celebration, attended by OSU President Ray.
Venue: Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA.
International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) Canadian American Regional Meeting (CARM)
March 21, 2019
Annual IFSA Canadian American Regional Meeting. Attended by students and faculty members from University of British Columbia, University of Northern British Columbia, University of Laval, Oregon State University, and Michigan State University.
Venue: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.