News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

When you're accustomed to privilege equality feels like oppression.


HorsesMouth-Oppression.pngAt the tail end of 2016, the CEOs of 27 large companies made an unprecedented announcement: they pledged to have 50% of their top leadership roles filled by women by the year 2030. To achieve the goal, they identified key actions for senior managers including: 

"...address unconscious bias;  base advancement on performance rather than time in the office; promote women into operating roles with responsibility for profit and loss; set targets and communicate them; and actively sponsor promising female leaders."

Executives in the EU  and Australia have similar coalitions in place.

Time to break out the champagne, right? Not so fast. Surprisingly—or perhaps unsurprisingly, depending on how cynical you are—not everyone agrees that we need more gender equality initiatives. In fact, there are many men and some women who think actions like calls to promote women into operating roles, setting targets and sponsoring promising women are frankly unnecessary and unfair.

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Managers Mindsets, Unconscious Bias

Equal Pay Day 2017

Equal Pay Day in the United States is 4 April this year, but what does this actual mean? On the surface it means that on average woman in the United States need to work 15 months to earn the same amount that their male peers earn in 12. But this is not the full story. 

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Women of Color

In Case You Missed It: March 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! 

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Topics: In Case You Missed It

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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Topics: Leading Women

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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Topics: In Case You Missed It

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! 

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Topics: In Case You Missed It

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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Topics: Leading Women

"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

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