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What are your plans for International Women's Day?

Partner with a Leading Women Expert to Help Your Organization #ChooseToChallenge  Nearly 3 million women exited the workforce in the US in 2020 due to Covid-19 - which means this year’s International Women’s Day (March 8th) can’t quite celebrate achievement without acknowledging the significant amount of work still to do. And since we are navigating unprecedented times, we must call on unprecedented actions that #choosetochallenge the barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
2 min read | Diane Coffey Chaput
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Reverse Mentoring as Diverse Mentoring

A Catalyst for an Inclusive Culture  We all know that mentorship can help pave the way for career success on the road to leadership. We also know that leaders drive culture. But for a culture to truly be inclusive, leaders must model inclusivity in all that they do. For organizations and leaders who recognize the value of creating an inclusive culture, but struggle to fundamentally shift their culture to one of inclusion for all, one proven and profound method is a formalized Reverse Mentoring program. Reverse Mentoring enables people in more senior positions to gain insight from having regular, semi-structured conversations with team members who are likely to see the world from a different perspective. The process aids in better decision-making, higher retention rates for diverse talent through greater job satisfaction, and giving invaluable exposure to under-represented talent, nurturing allies and advocates within senior ranks.  Simply put, Reverse Mentoring is really about inclusion. In addition to having a positive impact on your company’s culture, Reverse Mentoring will liberate the power of all humans to generate the desired business outcomes needed to compete in today’s business environment.  
4 min read | Gretchen Sussman
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Research Concludes Mentors Are Key To Women’s Career Success

January is National Mentoring Month –– a great time to start our new 5-part series called Leadership Lessons from Women Leaders. 
4 min read | Diane Coffey Chaput
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Mentoring Women's Leadership Development

2020 Top 10 Most Read Leading NOW Blogs - In Case You Missed It

Leading Through Uncertainty: Dealing with Ambiguity We are continuing our current blog series on the core leadership competencies needed to navigate change. Change that is defined as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). So far we’ve covered “Interpersonal Savvy” and “Organizational Agility” - and today we are digging into “Dealing with Ambiguity.”  “Ambiguity is a type of meaning in which a phrase, statement or resolution is not explicitly defined, making several interpretations plausible. A common aspect of ambiguity is uncertainty.” Uncertainty -- hmmmm -- sound familiar? We are surrounded by so many uncertainties right now! However, we know that not all ambiguity is environmental. Ambiguity comes in several forms in the workplace. The issue arises from a lack of direction and clearly defined roles. The problem can result from the business itself or from specific managers who fail to implement the direction and roles associated with their job. It can also be cultural, or a product of barriers in understanding inclusive behaviors... Read ON! 
10 min read | Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz
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In Case You Missed It

Oh, What a Year: 2020 Highlights

"Change is the only constant in life" - Heraclitus When we used this quote to launch our six-part series on leadership through change back in March we did not know at the time how on the nose this quote would be for all of 2020. This year has been packed with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, but despite the global pandemic, our teams took the time to evaluate, process, and adapt to this environment of constant change.  We've been able to stay incredibly positive and, as you will shortly see, rather busy. Here are some of the highlights (in no particular order), from the last twelve months! Enjoy & Lead ON!   
9 min read | Samantha Furbush Taraskiewicz
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Leading NOW Appoints Kelly Lockwood Primus to CEO Role

BOSTON - Dec. 17, 2020 - PRLog -- Leading NOW, the global advisor to organizations seeking to change mindsets, behaviors, and cultures to be inclusive for all, announces the appointment of Kelly Lockwood Primus as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Formerly the CEO & President of Leading Women, which was recently acquired by Leading NOW, Primus' extraordinary work growing Leading Women into a global organization with a focus on proprietary research was a key factor in her selection. The newly-merged organization sought a strong leader to propel the company's growth trajectory. The remainder of the organization's restructure will continue under her guidance.
2 min read | Diane Coffey Chaput
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Leading NOW Media Release

Luisi Tromba Advisors & Leading NOW Announce Strategic Partnership

Integrating DE&I Expertise, Inclusive and Organizational Leadership Solutions, and Executive Search BOSTON - Dec. 16, 2020 - PRLog -- Luisi Tromba Advisors (LTA) a global executive search and leadership solutions consulting firm that helps organizations and leaders bridge the gap between ambitions and outcomes, and Leading NOW, the global advisor and provider of inclusive leadership solutions to organizations seeking to change mindsets and behaviors, creating inclusive cultures for all, and to improve business performance, are pleased to announce they have entered into a global strategic partnership. The alliance will help organizations transition from traditional thinking and approaches to DE&I initiatives, to proven research-based, DE&I thought leadership and solutions, both through the recruitment of progressive DE&I focused leaders, as well as the development of strategic and transformative pathways to enhanced cultures and outcomes.
3 min read | Diane Coffey Chaput
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Leading NOW Media Release

Leading NOW Announces Strategic Partnership with Inclusion Partners

Expands DE&I Offerings in the United Kingdom BOSTON, Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --  Leading NOW, the global advisor to organizations and the epicenter of new knowledge for changing mindsets, behaviors, and cultures to be inclusive for all, announces it has entered into a strategic partnership with Inclusion Partners, a London-based collaborative DE&I consultancy, to license Leading NOW's world-class content and research-based programs to deliver to clients in the United Kingdom market.
3 min read | Diane Coffey Chaput
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Leading NOW Media Release

4 Steps to Making a Real & Lasting DE&I Impact

DE&I (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) is a part of every conversation I have these days––not just because I am leading the commercial strategies for Leading NOW and it’s my job to advise organizations how to be inclusive for all, but rather because organizations are finally realizing what our research has proven all along––that building a diverse company culture starts at the top with leadership. And while organizations have tried to increase diversity in their workforce, leaders are now recognizing they’ve been missing the mark by spending a lot of money and resources without capturing the true value of diversity. 
5 min read | Gretchen Sussman
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10 Strategies for 2021 to Help Engage & Retain Women

As we wrap up our 7-part series: “Gender + Diversity Playbook: Setting and Achieving Your Goals for 2021 and Beyond” - let’s review why we felt it important to put together a playbook in the first place. It started with 2020’s Miss is Now a “New” 2030 Promise–But Will Orgs Break This Promise Too?, where we talked about tackling some of the specific barriers that are causing the leadership gender gap (hint: it’s not just about committing to a 50/50 gender balanced workforce by 2030, you must take targeted actions). 
3 min read | Kelly Primus
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Closing the Gender Gap Gender Dynamics Leading Women