In Case You Missed It: February 2022 Edition

9 min read | Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz

On a timely basis we curate fabulous articles about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on our Instagram, Facebook page, LinkedIn Leading NOW group and company page, and also Tweet them out. 

We then share the the best of the best here on our blog! 

Board diversity continues to improve, Moody’s says

Investment Executive

"... The representation of women on corporate boards continues to improve, according to a new study by Moody’s Investors Service.

The rating agency reported that the share of corporate board seats held by women at companies it rates in North America and Europe has risen by about five percentage points over the past two years to 29% in 2022 from 24% in 2020.

The firm said that gains are likely driven by both government policy and “rising pressure from large institutional investors and asset managers to improve gender diversity in the boardroom and the executive ranks.”

Moody’s said its analysis also found that companies with higher credit ratings continue to have a higher proportion of women on their boards. ..."

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The New York Times

"... Black history, then, should be a challenge to our Republic and its core narrative. Instead of quibbling with this detail or that, it must raise a fundamental question about the quality of life Black people have been allowed to experience. If we are indeed a part of this nation, then our lives and experiences have a claim on our national narrative. African American history forces us to view the Black experience of injustice not as the interruption of or caveat to an otherwise grand narrative, but as a compelling story in its own right.

Would this leave us with only a tale of woe? No. There is a dark beauty to the American story. The beauty is not in our innocence. We have been party to too much death and terror for that. African American history requires the recasting of our central figures, where those on the sidelines are brought to the forefront. The enslaved must be allowed to unbend their backs and step into the light and claim the glory due to them. Washington and Lincoln must give way to Truth and Douglass as American marvels. ..."

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Leading Women Partners with Women in Agribusiness Europe to Deliver Career Acceleration Workshop for Women Leaders

Leading NOW

"... Shaping the future of workplace dynamics by advocating for women’s advancement and engaging male allies to bring gender balance to leadership, Leading Women, a division of Leading NOW, has partnered with Women in Agribusiness (WIA) to deliver a virtual one-day event for the women leaders in Women in Agribusiness Europe on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

This five-hour workshop has been tailored for WIA’s European audience where the call for professional development, career advancement, and strategic planning discussions are high on the list of needs for women in the sector. All women in agribusiness are invited to attend this focused workshop. ..."

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USWNT-U.S. Soccer pay dispute settlement: What the decision means, what happens next


"... So, did the USWNT win equal pay?

Although the dollar amount attached to the settlement has unsurprisingly made headlines, the more important part of Tuesday's announcement is probably not the cash payout.

The settlement includes a commitment from U.S. Soccer to provide "an equal rate of pay going forward for the women's and men's national teams in all friendlies and tournaments, including the World Cup," according to a news release shared by both sides. In other words, the reason the USWNT sued U.S. Soccer in the first place won't be a problem going forward -- and that has much further-reaching implications than a $22 million lump sum.

"This will completely change the landscape of the women's game in the country forever," USWNT forward Megan Rapinoe told ESPN. "And I think our commitment was always to that, and always to leave the game in a better place than we found it." ..."

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Companies embracing diversity are reaping the benefits like never before

The CEO Magazine

"... One thing that’s distinctly possible is that your share price is going to benefit. A major survey by MarketPsych pulled together millions of pieces of data from 2006 to the end of 2020 to compare the performance of those in the top five per cent for high workplace sentiment to those at the bottom.

The companies where employees reported feeling valued and content, including Accenture, Marriott International and Cognizant Technology Solutions, grew by an average of 5.19 per cent. Meanwhile, those languishing at the other end of the spectrum, including McDonald’s, Tyson Foods and UPS, managed only 2.76 per cent.

The same seems to be true in China where CSI 300 companies that invest in workplace safety and training expand around twice as quickly.

The Harvard Business Review argues that firms need to invest as much in their employees as their customers. Its 2019 report concluded, “A great employee experience leads to a great customer experience.” ..."

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What are your plans for International Women's Day 2022?

Leading NOW

For more than 18 years, Leading Women has positively impacted organizations committed to achieving goals for women’s advancement. Over the last year, we’ve grown our partnerships with several women’s associations, expanding our women’s leadership offerings to audiences in virtually every industry––from sports to restaurants to agriculture, and everything in between.

As you probably know, March 8th is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. At Leading Women, we help companies like yours overcome the bias women and underrepresented talent face every day. Our research-based programming goes beyond conventional wisdom by delivering unique career guidance in the areas of leadership, career success, mentoring, executive presence and more.

As you begin planning your March events for IWD and Women’s History Month, we have a variety of speakers available to help support your event. 

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Black history is more than one month, but February matters


"... Black history is more than a month — and it's more than just the sanitized story of the same handful of heroes told over and over.  ..."

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Leading NOW Announces Professional Development Partnership With Winsight to Diversify Restaurant Industry Leadership

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Leading NOW

"... Up to 100 "emerging executives" will be accepted into Winsight's first Restaurant Leadership Development program. The program includes a full day of education focused on helping attendees think like CEOs, expand their core leadership capabilities, develop strategic networks, and leverage industry-specific financial data to connect their work to their organization's desired business outcomes.

"We are looking forward to developing future restaurant talent to bring more diversity to leadership in this industry," said Kelly Lockwood Primus, CEO of Leading NOW. "Leading NOW has been helping organizations develop underrepresented talent for almost 20 years, and we are excited about this partnership. Huge kudos to Winsight for recognizing the lack of diversity in the industry, and partnering with Leading NOW to impact change." ..."

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