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Workplace Gender Equality Training

INTRO: Why does this training exist?

Businesses with diverse leadership teams generally do better in the marketplace—but even so, gender parity is still rare at the highest levels.[1] 

According to a global study which analyzed 21,980 firms in 91 countries, there is a positive correlation between the proportion of women in corporate leadership and firm profitability.

For profitable firms, a move from no female leaders to 30% representation is associated with a 15% increase in the net revenue margin. WOW. [2]

Why do women leaders elevate the bottom line?

Women are the customer; they control over 70% of consumer spending globally.

Women excel at communication, collaboration and motivating others.

Women are lifelong learners who continually focus on personal growth.

Every year, more and more women rise up through the corporate ranks or launch businesses of their own. 

Every year, 2020 Women on Boards researches the gender composition of active companies on the Fortune 1000 and report their findings in the annual 2020 Gender Diversity Index (GDI). Their goal is 20% of women on boards by 2020. Their latest report (2016), revealed these key findings:

Women Gained 74 Board Seats in 2016. Women now hold 19.7% of board seats, an increase from 18.8% from 2015, and from 14.6% in 2011.

Companies Add Board Seats to Achieve Diversity: Of the 120 companies that added women, 70 (58%) did so by increasing the total number of board seats to accommodate a new woman appointee, without replacing men. This challenges the argument that boards need to wait for a man to step down in order to add a woman.

Look inside your organization and answer the following: How many women are employed? How many of those women are in top level/executive positions? Are women in equivalent roles to men paid equally? Be transparent about your desire to address these questions and then follow up with real, shared action.