Can strategic networking help to pave the way for more women in the C-Suite? What about the board? Yes, and Yes! Effective male allies support, advocate for, sponsor, and take actions such as collaborating on key initiatives to help women advance. Given that men - mostly, white men - are at the helm of industry and executive decision making, the conversations about equality, diversity and women's advancement MUST include them.
The Business Case
In 2016, Peterson Institute for International Economics, a non-partisan think tank, published "Is Gender Diversity Profitable? Evidence from a Global Survey." The researchers surveyed 22,000 publicly traded companies in 91 countries and the data showed that female leaders in top positions of corporate management correlate with increased profitability for those companies. The report was