Diversity & Inclusion

Quotas are a terrible way to promote board diversity. Companies should do this instead

December 5, 2018

The just-concluded 2018 elections have been referred to as a new “year of the woman,” as nearly 25% of all members of the next Congress will be female. That puts Congress one point ahead of S&P 500 boardrooms, where 24% of all corporate directors are..

3 ways millennials can advance workplace diversity and inclusion

December 3, 2018

When you picture a traditional business leader, what generation are they from? Likely they’re not a millennial. But by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials. That means millennials globally will occupy not only the majority of individual contributor positions but the majority of..

Equality Group founder on why diversity is necessary for your company’s health

November 29, 2018

It is no secret that a diverse workforce is a healthier one – one of the key findings of this year’s McKinsey Report, Delivering Through Diversity, was that companies with a diverse leadership continually outperform those without. Yet, despite overwhelming evidence of its benefits, only..

Why do we judge male board directors by their appearances?

November 26, 2018

Women are used to being judged by their appearances. In fact, that goes a long way to explain why we spend so much money on clothes, cosmetics, haircuts and gym memberships. In fact, research by virtual coupon service Groupon found that the average British woman..

The rise of diversity and inclusion jobs

November 21, 2018

Earlier this year, Uber hired its first ever chief diversity officer, following a string of sexual harassment claims and other PR crises for the brand. Last month, after a year plagued by controversy, the NFL posted a job opening for a head of diversity and..

Inclusivity: How to go beyond gender diversity

November 19, 2018

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) was one of the trending topics of 2018, discussed exhaustively as professionals recognise that it will take more than a mere initiative to overhaul the existing biases that plague society. What’s more, overcoming something as intrinsic as bias in the workplace..

How diverse should diversity be?

November 14, 2018

You’ve probably heard the business case for diversity. Advocates say this kind of progress doesn’t only benefit the employees, it also benefits the employer’s bottom line. But how a company defines “diversity” is equally important. When some boards claim they have a diverse membership, they..

Workplace gender diversity has stalled, new McKinsey research shows

November 12, 2018

2018 has been a year of stagnation on workplace gender diversity according to new US research from McKinsey. Women in the Workplace 2018 a study conducted in partnership with LeanIn.org drew on data from 279 companies employing 13 million individuals, as well as a series..

Why we need more authentic women at work

November 8, 2018

In October, comedian actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, largely known for her work on Seinfeld and Veep, won the Mark Twain Prize, considered the highest honor in comedy. Louis-Dreyfus is the sixth woman to win the award in a male-dominated field. She is also 57, an age..

On the board, ‘twokenism’ is the new tokenism

November 5, 2018

California recently passed historic legislation mandating that the boards of public companies based in the state include at least one woman. With just over 20 percent of S&P 500 company board seats occupied by women, it’s no surprise that progressive legislators are putting pressure on..