News & Insights about Closing the Leadership Gender Gap

From One CEO to Another—It’s Time to Get Focused

LW: From One CEO to Another—It’s Time to Get Focused

Time for a reality check about “Closing the Leadership Gender Gap”—something every CEO should strive for in their organization, but few actually get right (or get it done!). And while you’ve probably been talking about becoming a more inclusive and diverse company for a while now, have you ever really asked yourself why you’re no closer to closing that gap than you were ten years ago? 

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Women of Color, Business Imperative, Making the Business Case, CEO Advice

2020’s Miss is Now a “New” 2030 Promise – But Will Orgs Break This Promise Too?

LW: 2020’s Miss is Now a “New” 2030  Promise – But Will Orgs Break This Promise Too?

This season of Covid has certainly shed a new light on the inequities in the workforce and communities. From the new pressures on working women with children at home full-time, to the data that’s emerging on how Covid is impacting the underserved, to horrific demonstrations of racism. Many have said that Covid has become the tinder for the flames that are needed to burn down the vast array of inequities that exist.   

From a gender perspective we have seen lots of “new” goals and promises make headlines, with more and more organizations willing to state their commitment to a 50/50 gender balanced workforce by 2030. Yes, in response to the coronavirus, but also in response to data like this from McKinsey’s latest “Diversity Wins” which states: “companies in the top quartile for gender diversity in their executive teams were 25 percent more likely to experience above-peer average profitability.” 

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Gender Dynamics, Business Imperative, Making the Business Case

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

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

Recently, I was asked to present information on “How to Make a Business Case for Gender Diversity” at the 100% Talent Wage Gap Summit in Seattle. Citing research on how increasing the percentage of women in leadership delivers significantly better business results from well-known organization’s like Credit Suisse, McKinsey & Co., Peterson Institute for International Economics, EY, Catalyst, and the Centre for Talent Innovation, I had all the data back-up I needed to make the case for investing in diversity initiatives.

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Business Imperative, Making the Business Case

Election Thoughts, The Missing 33% is Still Missing and MORE!

Is The Missing 33%™ Still Missing?

Audiences often wonder if The Missing 33% research is still relevant, after all, it began in 2000. Well...

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Topics: Leadership, Making the Business Case

Great! A Business Imperative. Now what do I do?

In a recent blog, I mentioned a story about a group of 72 companies who have committed to making gender diversity a business imperative, with accountability for it within the senior executive team.

This story has caused quite a bit of commotion in social media and we’ve seen a lot of questions popping up in LinkedIn: “How are they planning on preparing the women for leadership?” “What will they do differently?” “How will they identify what needs to be done (so I can emulate it)?

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Topics: Gender Dynamics, Leadership, Breakthrough Leadership, Women's Leadership Development, Business Imperative, Making the Business Case

Making Gender Diversity a Business Imperative?

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In an interview on Worldwide Business with kathy ireland® that will be airing this coming weekend, Leading Women’s CEO Susan Colantuono was asked the question: “If you had one piece of advice to give to a CEO, what would it be?

She answered, “As a CEO, or as an executive or director for that matter, if women aren’t proportionately represented throughout your organization, you aren’t facing a women’s issue — you’re facing a talent development issue with business implications. And so it’s important to bring your personal commitment and the same level of organizational accountability to that challenge as you would to any business issue.

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Topics: Talent Development, Gender Dynamics, Leadership, Gender Diversity, Women's Leadership Development, Making the Business Case, CEO Advice

Making the Business Case for Gender Initiatives

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Since the 1970s, many companies have understood and taken action on the business case for gender initiatives, made progress and reaped benefits. Others are still questioning whether this topic warrants their attention. In a recent interview for an upcoming TV biz news interview I was asked about this:

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Diversity & Inclusion, Making the Business Case

Tracking the Business Case - Research from Around the Globe

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We use this blog to track the research into the correlation between the % of women in senior management and on boards and measurable business performance. It is updated as research comes in. You'll find related information on correlation v. causation here.

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Topics: Closing the Gender Gap, Diversity & Inclusion, Making the Business Case

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