By Kelly Cartwright, VP Shared Services, Randstad Sourceright
as appearing in HRExaminer, Feb. 5, 2013
According to McKinsey Quarterly’s November 2012 report “The Global Gender Agenda,” companies are making progress in gender equality, yet the numbers remain disturbingly low when it comes to inclusion of women in business leadership.
- “Women hold 15 percent of the seats on corporate boards and 14 percent of those on executive committees in the United States.”
- “Norway’s representation is currently at 35 percent and 15 percent, respectively.”
- And, that number is “less than 10 percent on both boards and executive committees in China, India and Japan.”
As a VP, I have my own perspective on this topic, and it begins with this: at its root, day-to-day business operations must be gender-blind. I don’t have woman in my title. The reality, however, is that gender politics are part of business. With that said, what follows are three ideas that I believe are part of the business case for the future of women in leadership...