Five women senior living executives tell their stories—
the risks, the rewards, and advice to aspiring leaders
By Anya Martin
Women compRise About HALf tHe WoRk foRce in mAnAgeRiAL, pRofessionAL, And ReLAted occupAtions, And compAnies WitH A stRong RecoRd of pRomoting Women to executive
RoLes consistentLy outpeRfoRm tHeiR industRy counteRpARts in pRofitAbiLity meAsuRes sucH As Revenues, Assets, And equity, AccoRding to
six studies fRom 2001-2008 by A peppeRdine univeRsity ReseARcH teAm.
Other research by Catalyst, a global nonprofit that strives to expand business opportunities for
women, and McKinsey & Co. have found similar results. Senior living, in particular, has proven
to be a great sector for women who desire to make a difference, help others, ascend to leadership
positions, and start companies.
One striking aspect of women in leadership in senior living is demonstrated by the many
roads executives have taken to the top, says pamala temple, CEO and president of Seattle-based