Diversity & Inclusion

Recruiting and retaining a work force that is diverse in gender, race and other markers of difference provides businesses and organizations with innovative ideas and a competitive edge. Diversity provides a significant advantage in competing for clients, customers and suppliers in today’s global marketplace. NCRW is supporting diversity efforts by recommending best practices for recruiting, retaining and advancing the careers of women, particularly women of color. This research extends to examining the benefits of diversity in leadership and how women’s participation improves decision-making. NCRW is helping companies to assess their workplace environments and identify barriers to inclusion: from practices, to policies, to the informal culture of organizations. NCRW’s Corporate Circle supports companies in their efforts to strengthen and advance policies that boost diversity and inclusion.

‘Girl Power’: Female Participation in Top Management and Firm Performance

Scholars and practitioners have long argued that females exhibit a distinctive and particularly effective managerial style. Yet, less than a third of the largest U.S. corporations have a single female senior executive, raising the question of whether women are in fact effective as senior managers, and, if so, under what circumstances.

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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1088182

The Power of Women: Women's Impact on Corporate Performance

In the past few decades, women have made great strides in their involvement in economic activity, moving ever closer to what one might call “gender equality.” Women’s college participation and graduation rates exceed those of men, and more and more women are pursuing “traditionally male” college majors, particularly in professional fields such as law and medicine. However, discrepancies persist in the field of business administration, and this state of affairs is mirrored in the workforce: the proportion of women in managerial occupations is only about 35%.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/683-0-womens-impact-on-corporate-performance.html

When Women Rank High, Firms Profit

Data suggesting that firms that promote women to senior management positions have superior economic performance because of the different skills women bring to the table.
 

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http://www4.gsb.columbia.edu/ideasatwork/feature/137194/When+women+rank+high,+firms+profit?&layout=cbs_print&top.region=main

Women in the Boardroom 2008: Annual Study of Georgia Public Companies

For sixteen years, BDN has been gathering data for this annual study to measure the representation of women in the boardrooms of public companies with headquarters based in Georgia.
 

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http://boarddirectorsnetwork.org/docs/2008_study.pdf

Critical Mass: Does the Number of Women on a Corporate Board Make a Difference?

A study on women corporate board members that demonstrate the importance of numbers in how women leaders view themselves and how others view them.
 

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http://books.google.com/books?id=KlfsSp9XcFsC&pg=PA222&lpg=PA222&dq=%22Critical+Mass:+Does+the+Number+of+Women+on+a+Corporate+Board+Make+a+Difference%3F%22&source=bl&ots=wI30hErNVw&sig=c8RNwWQJtLkB75yAeWedopRxhak&hl=en&ei=KrlxSqDuNoOHtgeDt6SNBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=%22Critical%20Mass%3A%20Does%20the%20Number%20of%20Women%20on%20a%20Corporate%20Board%20Make%20a%20Difference%3F%22&f=false

Increasing Your Effectiveness

Non-profit offering services and information to help organizations and individuals increase their effectiveness.
Page has many links to articles and research on critical mass.
 

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http://vkramerassociates.com/writings.htm

Advancing Women Leaders: The Connection Between Women Board Directors and Women Corporate Officers

This research shows that the number of women on a company’s board of directors impacts the future of women in its senior leadership. This is significant because earlier Catalyst findings show that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors and women corporate officers, on average, achieve higher financial performance than those with the lowest. The numbers tell the story—a gender-diverse board promotes continued success for women and for business.

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http://www.catalyst.org/file/229/wco_wbd_web.pdf

2008 Eurofirms Women in PwC Annual Report: Diversity in Action

Launched in 2003, the Eurofirms Women in the PwC Network brings together women and men in leading positions from 20 European countries. It supports the strategic goal of creating a working environment to help them attract and retain the best talent-male and female. This Annual Report looks at the progress made by the network in the past five years. It tells the stories of European countries and provides a flavor of activities and achievements in the area of diversity.
 

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http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/women-at-pwc/2008-eurofirms-women-in-pwc-annual-report.jhtml

Top Women Tip the Scales

Evidence of a link between the bottom line and women at the top is growing, with McKinsey research showing better-than-average financial performance by European companies with the highest performance of women in influential leadership roles. The report, launched at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in Deauville, France, finds these companies do better than their sector in terms of return on equity, operating result, and shared price growth.
 

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http://www.mckinsey.com/locations/paris/home/womenmatter/pdfs/Press_Clipping_Women.pdf

Women Matter: Gender Diversity, a Corporate Performance Driver

A study that shows with a higher proportion of women in top management, a company may perform better.
 

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http://www.mckinsey.com/locations/swiss/news_publications/pdf/women_matter_english.pdf
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