Long term shifts are building diversity in the boardroom

Changes in perception and pipeline are contributing to a rise in women being named to corporate boards, according to an article in Forbes and on LinkedIn. The author, Laura Berger, leadership consultant and executive coach, also suggests ways of continuing the trend. Continue reading

Will the next generation of CEOs rise through the supply chain?

According to a commentary on fortune.com, “supply chain professionals are poised to become the most powerful executives in the world.” The author — Nader Mikhail, CEO of Elementum, a supply chain orchestration software company – predicts that companies will increasingly turn to “leaders who have made careers out of translating the big picture and thousands of moving parts into executional reality.” Continue reading

HBR  publishes strategies to help women manage four paradoxes

A research team from three different universities recently interviewed 64 senior women leaders (all at the VP level or higher) from 51 different organizations in the United States about how they navigate expectations for female leaders that are different from expectations for men. Their findings and recommendations are reported in Harvard Business Review. Continue reading

Study finds a woman’s network may be key to gaining leadership roles

A new study conducted by Notre Dame University and Northwestern University found that “women who communicate regularly with a female-dominated inner circle are more likely to attain high ranking leadership positions.” The same was not true for male leaders. Continue reading

Women in the gas and oil industry are ready to build their pipeline

As in the supply chain field, the gas and oil industry is facing a talent shortage as a generation of workers is set to retire. Women in the industry are coming together to change the fact that only 15 percent of their industry’s workforce is female, a number that drops in half when it comes to higher-paying technical jobs. A story on CNBC.com interviewed Katie Mehnert, CEO of Pink Petro, a for-profit company funded by Shell and others in the energy industry to focus on recruiting women. Continue reading

Ann Drake tells why DSC joined the Paradigm for Parity pledge

In a new video published on YouTube by Paradigm for Parity, six CEOs talk about why they pledged their companies to the goal of Paradigm for Parity: achieving gender parity in corporate leadership by 2030. One of the featured CEOs is Ann Drake, AWESOME Founder and CEO of DSC Logistics from 1994-2018. Continue reading

“When women see other women in a position of leadership, it reframes what they think is possible to them.”

— Kat Cole, chief operating officer and president of North America for Focus Brands Inc., whose chains include Cinnabon, Jamba Juice and Auntie Anne’s, as quoted in Wall Street Journal article on how sexual harassment and the gender gap are related.