News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

Should We Really Be Celebrating?

Today is International Women’s Day. I’ve been thinking about today and Women’s History Month for weeks in order to write this post. What words of wisdom would I be able to share with our colleagues, our clients and our followers?

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Topics: Gender Diversity, Business Imperative, Making the Business Case, CEO Advice, Leading Women

Leadership Changes @ Leading Women

KellyPrimasSusan Colantuono, Founder & CEO of Leading Women, the world's premier consulting firm for bringing Gender Balance to corporate leadership, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kelly Lockwood Primus to President & COO. Effective immediately, Kelly, who has been SVP of Strategic Client Solutions since 2013, will take over the helm of Leading Women as Susan shifts her focus to the development of new research and solutions utilized in the intellectual property, which has made Leading Women the cutting-edge resource it has become. As President and COO, Kelly will oversee day-to-day operations, business development and client relationship management.

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Topics: Leading Women

Company Challenges, Leading Women Can Help!

What challenges are companies seeking to address when they contact Leading Women?


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Topics: Talent Development, Women's Leadership Development, Leading Women

Global Solutions: Program Highlights from 2018

Leading Women works with global corporations helping them understand and remove the barriers in place preventing women from reaching senior leadership roles. Here are some highlights from this year featuring a few of the different programs we have facilitated: 

Brussels, Belgium:  

Leading Women ran a two day Breakthrough Leadership Program for a group of high potential senior managers (Director & VP Level) at Ansell. The program focused on strengthening their strategic and financial acumen enabling them to be seen in succession conversations as viable candidates for executive positions. 


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Topics: Talent Development, Leading Women

Happy Labor Day and Start of Fall


Happy Labor Day to all of our friends in the United States! And happy start of Fall to the rest of friends around the world. Yes, yes, I know that Fall actually begins on 23 September, but we all know in reality by tomorrow you will be back into the normal swing of things and that Summer is over. Now that you are back at your desks and starting to plan for next year, we at Leading Women would love to be there to help support your organization close the leadership gender gap.  

Leading Women's proprietary research creates innovative solutions that deliver unique insights, actionable tools and a business focus. Consultation, live programs, online content and virtual interventions will move your organization forward in 3 major areas:

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Managers Mindsets, IWiN, Leading Women

Privacy Policy Update

leadingwomen_logo_only_FINALLeading Women is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. We have updated our Privacy Policy to make our policies more clear to you, and to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law in the European Union (EU). 

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our data collection and storage policies and our commitment to keeping your information secure. 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at

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Happy Australia Day 2018

Happy Australia Day to all of our friends down under! Leading Women and Lighthouse have teamed up once again in conjunction with AMCHAM to run a training program for women leaders on 20 & 21 February in Melbourne.


The Purpose, Power, Presence for Middle Managers™ program is based on 40 years of Susan Colantuono and Leading Women's proprietary research into women's career de-railers. Susan is internationally known as an expert in women's leadership development, gender dynamics and hidden gender bias. Susan’s TED talk on Closing the Leadership Gender Gap has been viewed by over 3.5 million, translated into 23 languages and reviewed by Fortune, The Washington Post and The Guardian as one of the five videos that will change the way you work.

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Topics: Talent Development, Career, Women's Leadership Development, Leading Women

3.5 Million Views and Counting...

Views as of 22 January 2018 It has been a little over 4 years since Leading Women CEO, Susan Colantuono, took the stage at TEDxBeacon Street and we are happy to announce that 'The career advice you probably didn't get' has now surpassed 3,500,000 views! 

We would like to take this time to thank you for your support of Leading Women and your commitment to closing the leadership gender gap. 

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, The Missing 33%, TED, Leading Women

Empowering Women in Tech to Reach the Top

Veeam: Woman in GreenLast year, Leading Women partnered with the data storage and protection company Veeam to launch their initiative Women in Green (WIG). WIG invests in time, resources, and networking opportunities for their female work population. Mentoring is one of the components of the WIG initiative — and, most importantly, it’s one of the elements of diversity and inclusion initiatives that actually works. Here’s the story:

As a company in the technology sector, you might not expect Veeam to be extraordinarily woman-centric. After all, the industry gets a bad rap for being, as the Atlantic put it earlier this year, “awful to women.” But Veeam is striving to be a billion-dollar company — and their executives know that they can’t achieve that goal unless everyone at the company is contributing.

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

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

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