News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

Thank you, Australia!

It was a great joy and pleasure to celebrate International Women's Day 2017 in Australia with Lighthouse Group, American Chamber of Commerce, Engineers Australia, Medtronic, Treasury Wine Estates, and Westpac! Thank you all for the most amazing and inspiring week. Here are some photo highlights from the week's 11 distinct presentations with over 2500+ women and men who care about closing the leadership gender gap in Australia

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Women's History Month Reading List: The 10 most popular articles from the Leading Women Blog

Leadership Lessons: Mary Barra, CEO General Motors

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One of 2013's top stories for women in leadership was to see Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors become the first woman CEO of any auto company! Mary's route to the top is similar in many ways to other Fortune 500 women. Like most F500 women CEOs, Mary:

  • Is married.
  • Is a mother (two teenagers).
  • Has a Bachelor's degree (electrical engineering) and a Masters (MBA).
  • Has held both line and staff jobs - including a stint as Chief HR Officer, running an assembly plant and as EVP of global product development
  • She's known for her interpersonal skills and team focus, cut-to-the-chase style and focus on the customer

Read ON! 

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Bread and Roses!

Iceland  Women's Day Off, photo from the BBCMarch 8th is International Women's Day
and in addition to the official #BeBoldForChange campaign, other groups across the United States and the world are preparing for an International Women's Strike. A "day without women" is not a new concept and has happened a number of times across the world with varying effect, most notably in recent times,  Iceland's Women's Day Off on 24 October 1975. Women from all across Iceland, with different backgrounds brought the country to a screeching halt. 

According to the Global Nonviolent Action Database: "The striking women achieved their goal of demonstrating the importance of their work, at all levels from home to workplace, to the well being of the country. They essentially shut down most of the nation for the day. While this was their main goal... it even led to the passage of an equal rights bill..." While the bill did little to change things immediately, Iceland is now ranked #1 on the WEF's Global Gender Gap Index. While they still have a ways to go to reach true parity, they have taken steps to insure they are moving in the right direction. 

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Diversity & Inclusion, Gender Bias

Lead Boldly! ...not Baldly

The theme for International Women's Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. In preparation for a week of related events in Australia, I checked to see what Google could tell us about "bold women".

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Topics: Leadership, Breakthrough Leadership, Women's Leadership Development

In Case You Missed It: February 2017 Edition

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about closing the leadership gender gap on our Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading Women group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog! 

Seeking Women: 70+ Companies That Have Set Gender Diversity Targets

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Forbes 

"[Recently] GE announced a gender diversity target: it announced a goal to hire 20,000 women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) roles by the year 2020. This was a significant stake to put in the ground in terms of GE’s position on the business benefits of diversity.

GE (a Fairygodboss customer) told us that “Across the corporation, people [both men and women] agreed on the fact that we could do better and that this was an important step towards our digital, industrial future.”

The announcement caused me to wonder how common these kinds of public commitments were, especially with respect to gender diversity. How many companies set targets for the number of women they will hire?"

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International Women's Day 2017 - Leading Women in Australia

Want to see Leading Women in action? 

susanpresenting.jpgLeading Women's CEO, Susan Colantuono, will be in Australia for International Women's Day. Susan and partners, Lighthouse Group, will be teaming up to present Leading Women's innovative leadership development curriculum. 
 
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"Frailty, thy name is woman"

Shakespeare's Hamlet denounces his mother's swift remarriage by saying, "Frailty, thy name is woman." One could suggest that researchers have been doing the same for the leadership gender gap.

As I read the key findings from LeanIn/McKinsey's latest research I notice a pattern with how they reported on gender issues. Take a look at these excerpts from the "Women face an uneven playing field" section and see if you can catch it:

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias

Changing Mindsets, Taking Action

  

Take a look at the nine seconds of burbling Yellowstone “mudpot” action above. Here at Leading Women, we love this video because it’s a perfect metaphor for shaking things up. And when it comes to shaking up the mindsets of managers in the service of closing the leadership gender gap, we’re even more passionate. “I have taken a lifetime to create these mindsets,” said one of our clients, a European executive at a global company, “and now you have destroyed some of them in three hours.” Ka-pow!

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias

In Case You Missed It: January 2017 Edition

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about closing the leadership gender gap on our Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading Women group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog! 

How to accelerate gender diversity on boards

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McKinsey Quarterly

"The tone of much public discourse on the issue of women’s representation on boards has been pessimistic of late, and understandably so, given the crawl toward gender parity in the United States. Women currently hold 19 percent of board positions there, while in European countries such as France, Norway, and Sweden, where legislative or voluntary targets are in place, they hold more than 30 percent.

That said, some progressive companies are taking the lead, looking for female board members in new places and bringing them on board in new ways. Many feel they still have a long way to go, but their experiences are salutary for those that are lagging behind and want to better understand how to make change happen.”

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A Blog I Never Imagined

In February 2015, I was invited to the Government Summit in Dubai (think World Economic Forum for government officials). I was the opening speaker for a workshop on gender balance. The participants had all been improving the lives and economic participation of women in their countries for years. They came together to share experiences and extend their work in order to move further toward gender balance. They included high ranking women (and some men) from throughout the world - including countries covered by the U.S. recent immigration ban.

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