Diversity & Leadership

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.

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

20-first.com: Building Gender Balanced Businesses

Organization that takes a very international approach to work with others to move from 20th century mindsets, management styles and marketing approaches to more progressive 21st century forms -- this time including women.
 

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http://www.20-first.com/index.php

Why Gender Balance Matters More Than Ever

OECD projections suggest that in just eleven years, seven out of ten graduates will be women in many countries across the world. It is crucial that men recognize that gender balance and the encouragement of women is a business imperative in today’s tough times.

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http://www.gn2-newsletter.de/view2.php?C=4273-2E9D5FB7&M=123873&U=4708-EAAE5E04&T=N#

Holding Women Back, 2008-2009

This special report from DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2008/2009 is a bi-annual study that measures the impact of leadership development initiatives around the world. The study included data from more than 12,000 leaders from 76 countries. Research revealed the following: female leaders are under-represented in accelerated development programs (like high potential programs and one-on-one mentorship) are secret or happen behind closed doors, organizations aren’t held accountable for gender balance; and, having women represent in significant numbers at every leadership level doesn’t mean that will carry to the executive level– in fact, there is a backlash again women at the top when they are dominant in leadership roles at every other level.
 

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http://www.ddiworld.com/pdf/GenderReport09_tr_ddi.pdf

Women in the Boardroom and Their Impact on Governance and Performance

We show that female directors have a significant impact on board inputs and firm outcomes. In a sample of US firms, we find that female directors have better attendance records than male directors, male directors have fewer attendance problems the more gender-diverse the board is, and women are more likely to join monitoring committees. These results suggest that gender-diverse boards allocate more effort to monitoring. Accordingly, we find that CEO turnover is more sensitive to stock performance and directors receive more equity-based compensation in firms with more gender-diverse boards. However, the average effect of gender diversity on firm performance is negative. This negative effect is driven by companies with fewer takeover defenses. Our results suggest that mandating gender quotas for directors can reduce firm value for well-governed firms.

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http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1107721

Centered Leadership: How Talented Women Thrive

A new approach to leadership can help women become more self-confident and effective business leaders. Women start careers in business and other professions with the same level of intelligence, education and commitment as men. Yet comparatively few reach the top echelons. With this in mind, the McKinsey Leadership Project, an initiative to help professional women at McKinsey and elsewhere, set our four years ago to learn what drives and sustains successful female leaders

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http://www.forbes.com/2008/10/03/talent-women-leadership-lead-cx_1003mckinsey_print.html

Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices in the Calvert Social Index

Calvert’s recent Diversity Survey, Examining Cracks in the Ceiling, demonstrates that even the best companies have much to accomplish in developing a comprehensive diversity strategy.
 

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http://www.calvert.com/nrc/literature/documents/CorporateDiversity2008.pdf

‘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

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
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