Male Sponsors can Encourage Women to Soar Through Glass Ceiling

It really does not make sense to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives to advance inclusion of women without talking to the people in power who can bring change. Those people are men.
— By Dave Desouza

Men are embedded in power positions across organizations because of historical lack of inclusion of women. The proverbial glass ceiling has kept women employed in lower paid jobs and prevented them from working their way up into higher management-level positions.

Efforts to change the picture have included establishing recruitment and hiring goals and women-focused employee resource groups (ERGs), plus diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives intended to ensure women are given opportunities. Yet, progress is slow, and one reason is that the men – the people in power – are not addressing the real need of actively preparing and promoting high performing women for higher level positions.

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