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.

Thinking big: how to accelerate the growth of women-owned companies

The Ernst & Young study, based on Babson College Center for Women’s Leadership research, revealed that four years into the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, it is a model that can spur dramatic growth. Program participants’ companies have grown almost 50 percent each year on average, with a corresponding average annual job growth rate of more than 25 percent.

URL: 
http://www.ey.com/US/en/Services/Strategic-Growth-Markets/Thinking-big---EY-Entrepreneurial-Winning-Women---Realizing-the-potential-of-women-entrepreneurs

The Diversity Scorecard: Measuring Board Composition in Asia Pacific

In Asia, as in the rest of the world, board composition concerns have shifted from independence, to competencies, to commitment, and now to diversity. There is an increasing recognition that boards need to incorporate diversity considerations―particularly with regard to gender―when appointing directors. 

URL: 
http://www.kornferryinstitute.com/about_us/thought_leadership_library/publication/3188/diversity_scorecard

Women-Owned Firms in the United States

 Every five years, the U.S. Census completes an extensive Survey of Business Owners (SBO) that examines businesses by the gender of the business owner.  This is the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of information on the economic and demographic characteristics of businesses across the country by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.  The SBO is authorized by Title 13 of the United States Code and responses are mandatory.  The data on women-owned businesses provided by the Census is the main source of demographic information used by the NWBC.
 
The 2007 data was fully released in June 2011, so the NWBC commissioned a private research company to study this data in-depth. The data was analyzed by different characteristics to further expand the current understanding of women-owned businesses and to search for any interesting or unique findings that bear further study.

URL: 
http://nwbc.gov/research/women-owned-firms-united-states

Intellectual Property and Women Entrepreneurs

 The number of women awarded patents has soared over the last several decades far beyond previously reported figures, and the percentage of trademarks granted to women has more than doubled, a new study commissioned by the National Women’s Business Council found.

The study found that women had a higher representation among trademark holders than patent owners; in 2010, 18 percent of all patents granted went to women while 33 percent of all trademarks granted to individuals and sole proprietorships went to women.

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