I just started reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She’s on Fortune magazine’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and is one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She has gotten a lot of additional attention in the last few years because of a TEDtalk she gave in 2010. There, she talked about the things that women do in business to hold themselves back in their careers.
This book is a spin off of sorts where she explores why women’s progress in achieving leadership rolls has stalled. If that glass ceiling is shattered, why are there not more women at the helm of major corporations. How can there be more than 21 women on the Fortune 500 CEOs. And, more than 14% of the executive officer positions when we make up 50% of the population?
Well, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization working to expand opportunities for women and business. The organization’s dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. They act as a catalyst through research, tools and services, events, and Awards.
Catalyst is leaning in because we believe that women must achieve parity with men in opportunity, leadership and pay, to avoid marginalization in every other arena. We are leaning in because we know that as gender gaps close, we all experience significant improvement in our workplaces and in our lives.” Ilene H. Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst.
They study women and men across job levels, functions, and geographies to learn about women’s experiences in business, barriers to their career advancement, and the individual and organizational strategies that lead to success. Their reports, which are often cited in international media, reveal the challenges and opportunities for organizations and women at work around the globe.
Catalyst recently announced that they have partnered with the Lean In Campaign to support its creation of a community that can move us toward a more equal world and, more specifically, advance women to business leadership.
Catalyst believes that we must raise the level of conversation on the pivotal role that companies,women, and men play in expanding opportunities for women and business.
Food for thought…
Women’s Share of Management, Professional, and Related Occupations by Race/Ethnicity, US