Women in the Workplace 2017

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo.

McKinsey / LeanIn Study: Women in the Workplace 2017

Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for thirty years and counting. There is a pressing need to do more, and most organizations realize this: company commitment to gender diversity is at an all-time high for the third year in a row.

Despite this commitment, progress continues to be too slow—and may even be stalling. One of the most powerful reasons for this is a simple one: we have blind spots when it comes to diversity, and we can’t solve problems that we don’t see or understand clearly. In fact, a majority of men and 1 in 3 women think that if women make up 10% of executive roles at a company, the organization is on the right path.

Why are companies’ gender equality efforts failing?

A new McKinsey report found that of 69 companies employing more than than half a million people, very few had targets, milestones or programs aimed at helping women reach leadership positions. While more than half of companies considered gender diversity a top 10 strategic priority, just 14 percent had clearly articulated a business case for change.

A Survey of Seattle Start-Ups: Insights on Org Culture & Diversity

This fall, a team including Martha Burwell, an independent consultant, Ruchika Tulshyan, and Artemis Connection, a consultancy focused on aligning strategy and team, were pondering the Seattle tech industry along with our oft-criticized tendency to not talk about issues like race and diversity. To understand what these facts meant for our startups culture, we surveyed more than 315+ employees at start-ups (defined as companies with fewer than 250 employees) in the Seattle area about their experience.

New Software Tools Aim to Increase Workplace Diversity

New software programs aim to do what unconscious bias training has not yet accomplished: Create blind hiring processes and diversify tech workplaces.

The State of Gender Equality in Housing

For our industry, recruiting and promoting women is crucial to expanding home-ownership and giving more people access to the American Dream. So what is the state of gender equality in housing finance? What progress has our industry made and what still needs to be addressed?

White House’s United State of Women: $50M toward gender-equality initiatives

The first United State of Women summit will be held this week in Washington, D.C., where companies are expected to announce some $50 million in backing toward gender equality initiatives. The summit will feature several top speakers who will campaign for the advancement of gender equality on several issues — including economics, education, business and violence against women.  “The primary goal of the Summit is to build a roadmap for future policymakers, stakeholders and advocates to continue to expand opportunities for women and girls,” the White House stated.

This Is the Fundamental Missing Piece of Women’s Equality

“Data drives results. Unless you can measure a problem—and thereby prove it exists—you can’t start solving it.”  Melinda Gates on the Gates Foundation’s commitment to investing $80 million toward gathering better data on women and girls in the world’s poorest places, and putting that data to use to improve policies and programs.