Advancing Women's Leadership

Women currently make up 15 percent of corporate management, 16 percent of law partners, and less than 3 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. NCRW and its partners are working to improve these numbers as they work toward a critical mass, often viewed as 30 percent representation, across sectors to benefit the economy and society through women’s talents and perspectives. Without sufficient numbers, women’s ideas, views and analyses risk being marginalized or perceived as representing a narrow minority. With greater access to opportunities and positions of influence, the likelihood of acceptance and professional success for women and people of color increases.

A Business Case for Women

Companies that hire and retain more women not only are doing the right thing but can also gain a competitive edge. They can take several basic steps to achieve even greater parity.  These companies will be able to draw from a broader pool of talent in an era of talent shortages. What’s more, research shows a correlation between high numbers of female senior executives and stronger financial performance.
 

URL: 
http://www.cwf.ch/uploads/press/ABusinessCaseForWomen.pdf

Profit, Thy Name Is…Woman?

Any action that shows a consistent correlation to high profits would probably be of interest to companies struggling to swim against the tide of these perilous economic times. But one corporate policy seems to address both diversity and profitability issues in a single blow: Over the past several years, my colleagues and I at Pepperdine University have tracked the performance of Fortune 500 companies with a strong record of promoting women to the executive suite and compared their performance to that of other firms in the same industries. The correlation between high-level female executives and business success has been consistent and revealing.

URL: 
http://www.miller-mccune.com/business-economics/profit-thy-name-is-woman-3920/

2008 Catalyst Census of Women Board Directors of the Fortune 500

Overall Representation of Women Corporate Officers and Top Earners Continues to Stagnate

URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/file/241/08_census_cote_jan.pdf

Route to the Top, 2009

What does it take for women to get on to FTSE100 boards?
 

URL: 
http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/3780C55E-91EF-4756-B877-8153F6D7A334/0/RouteToTheTop.pdf

Boards in Turbulent Times Corporate Governance Report, 2009

Although this report does not offer a particular focus on women, it does offer gender as one unit of analysis/methodology.
 

URL: 
http://www.heidrick.com/NR/rdonlyres/A03A8F3A-A676-43FC-BBBA-06105F43B034/0/CorporateGovernance2009Europe.pdf

The Calvert Women’s Principles: A Global Code of Conduct for Corporations

The Calvert Group, Ltd., one of the largest families of socially responsible funds in the United States and UNIFEM launched The Calvert Women’s Principles (CWP), the first global code of conduct focused exclusively on empowering, advancing, and investing in women worldwide. Since their launch, the CWP have been a major catalyst for dialogue and heightened awareness of workplace issues affecting women. They reflect Calvert’s view that there is a strong business case for gender equality.
 

URL: 
http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/8753.pdf?litID=8753

Advancing Women to the Boardroom

The issue of women's leadership in corporations is of widespread concern. We believe America's leading companies must move faster to improve the representation of women in positions of leadership. At a time when public companies have drawn intense scrutiny for lapses in corporate governance and failures in leadership, they can ill afford to ignore the talent and perspective available in half the population and nearly half the work force.

URL: 
http://www.ionwomen.org/

NCRW Fact Sheet: Keeping the Doors of Opportunity Open--Women, Minorities and Affirmative Action

Women and girls have made enormous strides since passage of the Educational Amendments and Title IX. Recent cutbacks in funding or lack of funding coupled with anti-affirmative action ballot initiatives have placed these advancements in jeopardy. More efforts need to be focused on preventing erosion of these hard-won achievements.

Unwritten Rules: What You Don't Know Can Hurt Your Career

Date/Time: 
02/09/2010

Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., Director, Research, and Brande Stellings, J.D., Vice President, Advisory Services, Professional Services Practice, lead a webinar on Unwritten Rules: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Your Career. This event is complimentary for participants from Catalyst member organizations; others are charged a per-registration fee of $150.

Women's Leadership Fund

The fund will invest in companies demonstrating ‘best practices’ with regard to gender diversity. The aim of the fund is to achieve an above-average return by investing in companies that do a superior job attracting and retaining diversity of talent. The study with Heidrick + Struggles found that gender diversity is the most influential socially responsible investment determinant of higher ROA.

URL: 
http://www.naissancecapital.com/NC/?id=35
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