March is Women’s History Month. For all of us involved in advancing gender parity across corporations, this year’s theme, “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” is especially meaningful.
In line with the theme, “The National Women’s History Project” is honoring 13 women, past and present who have “defied the social mores of their times by demonstrating women’s ability to create organizations and establish their own businesses that paved the way for better working conditions for themselves and other women.” It’s a truly inspiring group of women. I urge you to take a look. Continue Reading
As followers of my blogs know, from time to time, I comment on articles that impact gender parity and discuss how the points covered can help advance female talent.
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review, Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman caught my eye.
The authors point out the disparity between those chosen for high potential (HIPO) programs, supposedly those in the top 5% of their organization, versus how they fare once they are in the programs. Using the proven 360-degree leadership measurement methodology for assessment, Zenger and Folkman found that over 42% of the 1,964 employees in the tracked programs rated below average in leadership effectiveness. Continue Reading
It’s been just about a year and a half since we launched IMpower: Grow the Talent that Will Grow Your Company, our program for developing emerging female talent.
With 18 months of Corporate Partner and IMpower graduate feedback, we have solid evidence that IMpower is a resounding success, amplifying the impact of female talent across a broad spectrum of organizations and industries. Our participants are telling us that. Their managers are telling us that. Their corporations are showing us that. Continue Reading
As we begin our 23rd year helping organizations create a sustainable pipeline of female talent, we at WOMEN Unlimited will be expanding the ways in which we work with corporations to “amplify their impact. “
What exactly does “amplify impact” mean?
It means organizations involve all key players including HR leaders, managers, mentors, C-suite executives and of course, high potential women themselves to make greater inroads in achieving sustainable gender parity. To help organizations accomplish that goal, WOMEN Unlimited will be: Continue Reading
I’ve always loved that Sinatra classic.
I’m happy to say the title nicely defines how 2016 shaped up for us at WOMEN Unlimited, our corporate partners, their participants in our programs, and the managers and the mentors who support them.
It was a very busy year as well, with a number of changes, enhancements and innovations that have been very favorably received by the management community. Here’s a look at some of the year’s highlights. Continue Reading
I am pleased to share with you Heidi Musser’s experiences and insights on diversity in STEM. She is a long-time advocate for gender parity.
Her viewpoints on why diversity is not taking hold in STEM very much align with what we at WOMEN Unlimited see across companies and industries, especially regarding unconscious bias, failure to measure results, and the need for top management to set the tone company-wide. Dr. Rosina L. Racioppi, President & CEO, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc.
It’s been one week since Election Day and we’ve all had a chance to sit back, take a breath and look at where we go from here, whatever our political affiliations, whatever our points of view.
I’d like to spend a little time focusing specifically on how we as individuals within a corporation can successfully move forward and help ourselves and others look to new opportunities for growth and development. Continue Reading
Once again, research and reality confirm an unhappy obstacle on the road to gender parity:
Women have to prove they can succeed in a position before they are promoted to it; while men are often promoted based on their perceived potential. Continue Reading
On September 28th, WOMEN Unlimited, Inc. sponsored a webinar on STEM: Developing and Retaining Female Talent. I had the privilege of moderating the discussion which featured two panelists with extensive STEM experience: Liz Borowsky, Senior Director, Akamai Technologies, Inc. and Jennifer Harnden-Koehler, Ph.D., Executive Coaching & Talent Management Consulting, Talent Acceleration Group. Continue Reading
For over a year now, we have been partnering with Em Roblin and her organization LEAP to bring the proven WOMEN Unlimited approach to organizations operating in Asia Pacific, with programs in Singapore and Shanghai. Here’s Em’s take on the impact so far. Continue Reading