October 18, 2021
Name: Kathy Walsh
Company: Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
Title: Executive Director
Brief description of your job responsibilities: Manage a statewide nonprofit organization.
Why did you decide to join Cable? I joined Cable to network with and learn from other women leaders.
What have you gained/learned from joining an organization like Cable? I have met so many incredibly strong and successful women through my membership in Cable. The guest speakers at the meetings always inspire me.
How would you describe the benefits of Cable to someone thinking about joining the organization? The benefits of joining Cable include networking, educational opportunities and building relationships with other successful women leaders.
In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today? One of the biggest challenges professional women face in the business world today is the gender pay gap. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women earn 82 cents for every dollar a man earns. Women earn less than men in nearly all occupations. Unfortunately, the pandemic has set women’s labor force participation back more than 30 years. The pandemic has stalled gains made in closing the pay gap, and layoffs and a lack of childcare have forced many women out of the workforce entirely.
Another challenge facing women in the workplace is sexual harassment. Studies estimate that 25% to 85% of women have experienced some sort of harassment at work. Sexual harassment can affect women in a number of ways, including their mental and physical health, finances, and opportunities to advance in their careers.
What would you say has been the single most defining moment in your career so far? Working in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence for more than 30 years, I have had many defining moments in my career, from being hired to lead a statewide nonprofit agency to helping legislators craft and pass more than 200 new laws to help increase safety and resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence, to receiving a handwritten note from a survivor encouraging me to never give up fighting for the rights of victims of abuse. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to do work that makes a difference in people’s lives.
What advice would you give to a young woman just starting her career? My advice to a young woman starting her career is to do something you love. If you are passionate about your work, it will make all the difference in your life.