Promoting equity in the workforce
We believe that well-managed diversity is essential to building a better working world. Diverse perspectives, harnessed by an inclusive culture, drive better decision-making, stimulate innovation and increase organizational agility and resilience in the face of a rapidly changing world. Increased representation of women as leaders, in particular, has been shown to correlate positively with sustained economic growth and community investment.
We seek to extend our impact as champions of diversity through programs and alliances that harness the untapped leadership potential of women and by supporting successful women entrepreneurs in scaling their businesses and becoming market leaders. A few of our many programs for women include:
- ► Women. Fast forward
We are determined to do our part to accelerate women’s progress in the workplace. We’ve worked hard for many years to create effective internal and external programs focused on women’s advancement and leadership around the world — and we know there is more to do. We have brought all these efforts together to create one unifying accelerator. Through Women. Fast forward, we use our collective knowledge, experiences and convening power to push ourselves further and to do our part to accelerate global gender parity.
- ► Entrepreneurial Winning Women
This program identifies women entrepreneurs with promising high-growth businesses and connects them to an elite business network and customized executive leadership program designed to help them think bigger and set bolder plans in motion. Results show the program is spurring rapid growth; according to an independent impact assessment directed by the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership, North America program participant companies’ total 2013 revenue was 63% higher than their total revenues in the years before they joined the program.
- ► Women Athletes Business Network
We established the Women Athletes Business Network as part of our support for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The network aims to help women athletes find meaningful and fulfilling careers when they retire from sports. It works by connecting athletes with former professional athletes who have made a successful transition out of competitive sports.
Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.