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Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Looking for female CEOs in Central Ohio's 30 public companies? There aren't any. Not since Kerrii Anderson left Wendy's International in 2008 has a woman headed a local public firm, says Julie Graber, managing director of the Institute on Women.

The Central Ohio Leadership Census (COL-Census) sponsored by Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) and Otterbein University, researched the area's 30 public firms, 48 largest private companies, 47 largest nonprofits, 11 government jurisdictions in eight counties, and 12 colleges and universities.

COL-Census found women CEOs in zero public companies, 45 percent of nonprofits, 25 percent of colleges and universities, 25 percent of government organizations and 8.2 percent of private companies.

Even in public companies, the news wasn't uniformly grim. Seven--Scotts Miracle-Gro, Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW, Cardinal Health, American Electric Power, Worthington Industries and Diamond Hill Investment Group--had women in at least 25 percent of their leadership positions.

COL-Census supports "the advancing of more women into leadership roles as part of the economic development strategy in Central Ohio," says Graber. "Do you want to be a community where women believe they have the opportunity to advance and have a seat at the table on critical community conversations, or do you want to have a reputation for being the same, never-changing group of people?"

A more detailed COL-Census will be released April 27 at the WELD Public Policy Forum.

Reprinted from the May 2011 issue of Columbus C.E.O. Copyright © Columbus C.E.O.