Gender diversity is in the headlines again, with discussions around the lack of females in senior executive positions, with the ASX’s recently proposed gender targets.
An organisation’s success depends heavily on the capability and effectiveness of its leadership team. Without providing equal opportunities for men and women you cannot ensure you are getting the best leadership available. Yet women continue to be vastly underrepresented in leadership positions across Australia.
Of the ASX 200 companies, only 11 of them have female CEOs, and 41 don’t have a woman on their executive leadership team.
– Chief Executive Women ASX 200 Senior Executive Census 2017
The 100 Women of Influence Awards return this year, which celebrates energetic and bold women who use their skills to shape a more diverse and equal society. Past winners of the awards acknowledged the “lack of women in senior executive positions across Australia was frustrating and a barrier to improving the gender balance on boards”, however had mixed views on filling female presence through quotas targets (Financial Review).
Does your organisation have a strategy to improve their gender diversity at an executive level?
The Leveraging Executive Female Talent Executive Forum led by Harvard Business School is an opportunity for progressive leadership teams to come together to enhance the capability of senior and aspiring female leaders and the strength and diversity of your executive team. Professor Boris Groysberg will lead discussion using the Harvard Business School case method, an innovative teaching model critiquing actual case studies from Fortune 500 companies for world-class best practice.
If you are looking to nominate a woman of influence, visit the AFR Women of Influence website. Nominations close 6 July.