Advancing Women and Engaging Men: Reflecting on 10 Years and What’s Next

The Leadership Imperative Ten years ago I launched YWomen around the concept of The Leadership Imperative to advance women. Simply put, The Leadership Imperative is designed to: “Move the entire organization to a deeply internalized approach regarding differences, executed with a sense of urgency, to create competitive advantage.” This statement would lead to focusing on…

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The Diminished Role of the CDO

How does your organization fare? Many companies are moving to a model of placing the Office of Diversity in Human Resources and reporting to the head of HR. This diminishes the office’s effectiveness in a number of ways. First, it takes away one of the key roles and that is having an Officer level oversight…

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Reflections on Ten Years: What We Got Right

Five Things Companies are Getting Right in Advancing Women’s Leadership My mission when I launched YWomen 10 years ago has not changed. I wanted to help organizations recruit, retain and advance women, and I knew engaging men had to be a big part of the conversation. With 80 percent of senior leadership roles in companies…

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Reflections on Ten Years

Five things companies are getting right and five areas that need improvement Ten years ago, I launched YWomen with a focused mission to help organizations recruit, retain and advance women and a goal to create more conversations about engaging men in advancing women at work. What an incredible journey it has been! As I have…

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This Mother’s Day support your working parents

It’s time to confirm your Company summer flex plan now! It’s the beginning of May, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and many companies are still trying to determine their next steps on going back to the office. Will it be full-time, flex time, certain days in the office, or the innocuous “manager discretion”?…

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What the NFL Got Right and Wrong

The NFL recently announced a number of diversity initiatives to create more opportunities for women and people of color (WPOC). Did they put a TD on the board or is this a blocked kick? From my perspective as a corporate gender strategist, they got two things right. First, they are finally creating a panel of…

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Boomer/Gen X Women, Still Struggling for Equity

Intersectionality and the Challenges of Age and Gender Bias For the past few years, my work on advancing women has expanded to include exploring all dimensions of diversity that affect women. This view, known as intersectionality, includes overlaying the lens of not just binary gender but also race, culture and gender expression. Of note, I…

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Engaging Men (and Women) as Gender Advocates

Creating a Year-Long Dialogue on Advancing Women “We keep running BRG events, but we’re really not moving the needle. The company expects us to help lead the women’s strategy for the company, and yet I get very little money or resources. I have amazing committed volunteers, but it’s just not enough. Why is this so hard?”…

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