News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

In Case You Missed It: May 2019 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! 

Fortune 500 List Released



And after a two year slump, this year (as of June 1) 33 companies will be led by female CEOs—the highest total ever!

  1. #13 General Motors - $147,049
  2. #33 Anthem - $92,105
  3. #38 IBM - $79,591
  4. #60 Lockheed Martin - $53,762
  5. #74 Best Buy - $42,879
  6. #81 Oracle - $39,831
  7. #92 General Dynamics - $36,193
  8. #99 Progressive - $31,979
  9. #108 Northrop Grumman - $30,095
  10. #126 Duke Energy - $24,116
  11. #156 Kohl’s - $20,229
  12. #167 Occidental Petroleum - $18,934
  13. #173 Synchrony Financial - $18,253
  14. #191 CDW - $16,240.5
  15. #209 Ross Stores - $14,983.5
  16. #212 Land O’Lakes - $14,936.2
  17. #244 Guardian Life Ins. Co. of America - $13,014.9
  18. #251 Reinsurance Group of America - $12,875.7
  19. #258 Bed Bath & Beyond - $12,349.3
  20. #261 J.C. Penney - $12,019
  21. #331 Hertz Global Holdings - $9,504
  22. #347 Veritiv - $8,696.2
  23. #351 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans - $8,635.2
  24. #356 Jones Financial (Edward Jones) - $8,594
  25. #362 Yum China Holdings - $8,415
  26. #391 Hershey - $7,791.1
  27. #413 KeyCorp - $7,393
  28. #423 Graybar Electric - $7,202.5
  29. #426 Celanese - $7,155
  30. #440 CMS Energy - $6,873
  31. #449 Ulta Beauty - $6,716.6
  32. #460 Advanced Micro Devices - $6,475
  33. #495 Williams-Sonoma - $5,671.6

Read ON!


Medical student evaluations appear riddled with racial and gender biases


Science News

"Men are “scientific,” women are “lovely” and underrepresented minorities are “pleasant” and “nice.” If those sound like stereotypes, they are. But they’re also words commonly used to evaluate medical students, a study finds.

Analysis of nearly 88,000 evaluations of third-year medical students written from 2006 to 2015 revealed evidence of implicit bias. White women and underrepresented minority groups were more often described by words about their personalities, while men were evaluated with more words describing their competency."

Read ON! 


Does Your Leadership Style Support Diversity?




"As Kelly Primus, COO and President of the Leading Women consultancy, points out, when everyone in a company feels included, collaboration goes up and so does innovation, which in turn boosts the bottom line.

'By adding diversity and being inclusive about it, you have all of these other perspectives,' explains Primus. 'The whole point about diversity and inclusion is that it brings such new and dynamic perspectives, that it makes such a huge difference to the way a company performs.'

One of the barriers to getting more diversity not only into the company but also into the decision-making process is a lack of role models for women and people of color. That goes not just for within individual companies, but also entire industries."

Read ON!



All-male boards are now out of our portfolio


Women's Agenda

"On 1 May 2019, Future Super became the first super fund to completely exclude investments in companies that have no women on their boards, Emily Flood writes.

There is a figurative mountain of evidence to support the value of increasing diversity at all levels of a business. A report by McKinsey & Co found that companies with strong diversity have better competitive performance, talent management, and risk mitigation..."


Read ON! 


Women's hockey stars to boycott pro leagues



"More than 200 women's hockey players -- including Team USA stars Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canada's Marie Philip-Poulin -- have announced they will not be playing in a professional league next season.

'We cannot make a sustainable living playing in the current state of the professional game,' the statement read, which was released by individual players on social media Thursday. 'Having no health insurance and making as low as two thousand dollars a season means players can't adequately train and prepare to play at the highest level.'"

Read ON! 


Magazine ranks top companies for multicultural women


The Business Journals


Congratulations to Verizon, a Leading Women partner, for making the top 10 list for Multicultural Women!

"Working Mother magazine has named its 2019 Best Companies for Multicultural Women.

The top 10 companies are: Procter & Gamble. Accenture, ADP, Anthem, IBM, L'Oreal, New York Life, Verizon, Visa and Wellstar.

The honor recognizes U.S. companies that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting multicultural women. The 50 winners will be featured in the June/July issue of Working Mother and at" 

Read ON!

New Call-to-action


Topics: In Case You Missed It

Interested in Women's Advancement & Closing the Leadership Gender Gap?
Stay up to date by subscribing to our blog.

Latest Posts

Follow Me