The American workforce is more diverse than it has ever been, and companies spend millions of dollars on leadership training and development. Despite these generous investments, progress has been slow — women are far more likely to exit the workforce than men and far less likely to make it up the corporate ladder. More than 40 years after the iconic “Women’s Strike for Equality” in Washington, D.C., women still make up less than one-quarter of corporate board positions, 14 percent of all executive officer positions, and less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.
Many well-intentioned programs designed to develop gender-intelligent leaders and a more diverse workforce are not informed by evidence-based research. Leadership training and workforce development efforts need to be grounded in science to allow companies to discern the true reasons for gender imbalance in their workplace and to discover which interventions will make a difference.
At the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute (GUWLI), we generate scientific insight to empower real-world impact. GUWLI convenes faculty researchers, company executives, policymakers, and students to build a foundation of evidence-based, data-driven knowledge about the attitudes toward and the advancement of gender-intelligent leadership. The Institute’s work has implications for corporations and C-suite executives as well as women and men just starting their careers.
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