Over the past two decades, a considerable body of research has emerged to lend incontrovertible proof to the idea that when women thrive, organizations thrive—and nations thrive too. From that research, there is now a consensual view that women’s leadership is not just a matter of fairness, but also has the potential to move companies, governments, and societies in new and better directions.”
Judith Warner, Center for American Progress
Next week, on October 11, we are hosting our twelfth Solution Series forum: Leading as Women: How Women Are Increasing Productivity and Changing Business. So far, it has garnered the largest response ever—both in person and through live stream. In fact, we “sold out” the live attendance—suggesting that this topic is relevant, important, and captivating to leaders at all levels. And rightly so. Research bears out that women leaders have a huge impact on organizational culture, on improved financial performance, on improved corporate citizenship—both internally and externally—and as role models in creating a legacy and pipeline for emerging female leaders.
In our Solution Series forum next week, we will be exploring key topics around women’s leadership. We will look at the research that reflects the ways women are impacting business culture, productivity, and the profitability. We will be exploring the common characteristics of women leaders and uncover ways to create a stronger pipeline and model for women leaders. We will be hearing the stories of four talented, accomplished, and remarkable women who have etched a leadership path and have broken ground for others to follow.
While the topic of women in executive leadership roles is not a new discussion, we now have decades of research that offers proof of their impact on business bottom line. We know that women leaders tend to bring a more holistic approach rather than compartmentalized approach to problem-solving, leading to a more powerful and satisfied corporate culture. We know that according to Business Insider, women score higher than men in 360° competency ratings including driving for results, problem solving, innovation and initiative. And, according to a 2015 McKinsey & Company study, companies who include women in their executive suite are 15 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians. These are just a few of the conclusions research brings to bear.
What can we—men and women—learn from the strength of women leaders? How can we institutionalize gender diversity among our various businesses? How can we overcome the barriers that still linger in the boardroom and in C-suites in our for-profit and nonprofit organizations—especially when we have the facts to bear out that having women leaders is the catalyst for better business—and ultimately, a better society? Four remarkable women will share their insights:
- Ana Oliveria, President and CEO of the NYC Women’s Fund
- Gina Berndt, Board member and Managing Director, Perkins and Will
- Denise Barges, Board member, BlueCross/Blue Shield and Financial Portfolio Manager, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
- Sarah Carson, Founder and CEO, Leota
Please join us next week as we explore these and other questions. See below for a link to sign up for our live stream event. Register Here
I hope you will join us for this groundbreaking discussion. I welcome your thoughts.