Women (not to mention women of color) are still under represented in senior leadership positions and on corporate boards across the US even though well-educated women with excellent track records exist and are available. There has certainly been some focus on placing women in senior level positions and as a result there has been an increase in women in these positions but it has come in response to public pressure rather than doing it because it makes “good business sense” and similarly reflects America’s population. There is a blog in the Harvard Business Review http://www.hbr.com titled Women CEO: why so few ; this blog is worth reading. Also, there is a blog posted by Nicole Skibola (posted Jan 24, 2011) http://www.forbes.com titled Investors changing the world, One woman at a time; this too is worth reading; both blogs were written several months to several years ago but the information is still relevant today which is a bit disheartening. Lastly, there was a study conducted awhile ago by Roy Adler of Pepperdine University about women on corporate boards and a company’s performance which is worth reviewing; the study/article was presented in the Harvard Business Review. In my opinion, women in senior decision-making roles may come from a different prospective and will address problems differently but it is the diversity in senior decision-making roles that will be noticed and hopefully break the “glass ceiling”.
It is not all doom and gloom with regard to women in leadership roles. Currently, (data as of 2010) 15 FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women, see list at http://www.money.cnn.com search women CEOs, FORTUNE 500. Women are advancing in the workplace and are in decision-making roles at various levels, we are making progress but we do have a long way to go.
This blog represents solely my opinions and comments and not Kelly Scientific.