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CEO Challenge®

  1. CEO Challenges in the Gulf Region

    April 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    CEOs in the Gulf region reported a significantly different set of priorities than did CEOs globally, with strategies that reflect the particular business challenges of a resource-rich, energy-dependent region.

  2. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance

    January 2014 | CEO Challenge®

    While CEOs see talent as the critical link in meeting their top business challenges, the 2014 CEO Challenge survey results show a heightened focus on customers and reputation and less concern about regulation and external risk.

China Center Publications

  1. China Center Chart of the Week: China’s demographic shift has “officially” begun – at least according to the NBS definition

    March 2013 | China Center Publications

    This chart shows the breakdown of the Chinese population by age group. In January, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) announced that the country’s working age population (ages 15 to 59) shrank for the first time in 2012.

Conference KeyNotes

  1. Creating the Future by Re-creating the Workplace: Insights from the 2014 Women's Leadership Conference

    October 2014 | Conference KeyNotes

    There is no question women make great leaders. Both organizations and women can take actions to move women further up the corporate ladder.

  2. Women's Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    September 2013 | Conference KeyNotes

    Corporations and society continue to struggle with the issue of women’s leadership, as the recent scrutiny of women’s work/life choices demonstrates. How can women and companies best address this concern?

  3. Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Conference KeyNotes Report

    September 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    The current macroeconomic environment gives diversity leaders an unprecedented opportunity to cement the strategic value of diversity for business success.

  4. Women’s Leadership Conference KeyNotes Report

    August 2012 | Conference KeyNotes

    Having more women in leadership roles is a competitive advantage, but much of the potential represented by women’s talent remains unrealized.

Council Perspectives

  1. Pillars of Employee Resource Group Success

    August 2013 | Council Perspectives

    In theory, employee resource groups (ERGs) encourage diversity to ensure that a range of perspectives are used to achieve a company’s goals. But what are the true benefits of ERGs?

  2. New Career Models That Can Support Your Diversity and Inclusion Program

    June 2013 | Council Perspectives

    Cultivating new career models and fostering gender-balanced leadership require the will to move beyond the status quo. Making high-profile “risky” appointments of women is important, and women need to be encouraged to apply.

  3. Multiculturalism in a Post-9/11, Media-charged World

    June 2012 | Council Perspectives

    The multicultural future of the United States is here, but, given the post-9/11 atmosphere of distrust and fear, businesses must work to foster the relationships that promote inclusiveness.

  4. Supplier Diversity Value Proposition: What Every Organization’s Important Stakeholders Need to Know about Supplier Diversity

    May 2012 | Council Perspectives

    In order to serve the needs of a changing customer base, companies should review and, if necessary, rejuvenate their supplier diversity programs.

  5. Supplier Diversity: Helping to Enhance the Corporate Brand

    April 2011 | Council Perspectives

    This Council Perspectives points out how supplier diversity can create a competitive advantage for an organization and encourages leaders to think beyond the function’s traditional role.

  6. Mind the Gap: Overcoming Organisational Barriers to Develop Inclusive Leaders

    August 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report looks at the challenges Diversity and Inclusion (D&I),Talent Management, and Leadership Development professionals face in creating a corporate culture that embraces D&I as a core leadership trait, one that permeates functions and business unit

  7. Diversity and Inclusion: Global Challenges and Opportunities

    January 2010 | Council Perspectives

    This report, which is based on a joint meeting of The Conference Board Diversity and Inclusion Councils, offers insights into both the external and internal hurdles companies face when they try to implement a global diversity program.

  8. Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century

    December 2009 | Council Perspectives

    Today the the main task of supplier diversity executives is ensuring that the organizational commitment remains intact during turbulent economic times.

  9. Creating a Competency Model for Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners

    May 2008 | Council Perspectives

    This report sets out a new and unique competency model for 21st century D&I practioners.

  10. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    April 2007 | Council Perspectives

    Middle management is essential to the success of any diversity initiative – playing a key role in hiring, development and promotion decisions. But they're often at direct odds with diversity practitioners, who by definition challenge the status quo.

  11. Faith at Work: What Does It Mean to Be a “Faith-Friendly” Company?

    November 2006 | Council Perspectives

    Though in its early stages, the "faith-at-work movement" is demanding serious attention from employers. How companies frame their response will determine if the issue becomes a legal minefield or a source of competitive advantage.

  12. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    April 2006 | Council Perspectives

    The trend numbers are enough to frighten even the most stoic CEO. In a nutshell: if boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work. But companies can plan their way out of the worst and gain a competitive advantage too

Director Notes

  1. Women on Boards: Beyond Quotas

    September 2014 | Director Notes

    Many countries are realizing that quotas may fail to address the root causes of the shortage of women on boards and are examining alternative approaches to creating true gender diversity.

  2. Women on Boards: Review and Outlook

    May 2012 | Director Notes

    This report examines the prevalence of women directors in the Fortune 1000 and an additional 1,000 midcap companies and offers recommendations for boards looking to recruit women directors and for women interested in serving on boards.

  3. Revisiting Justifications for Board Diversity

    November 2011 | Director Notes

    This report examines empirical data on board diversity and finds that reliance on the business case has not translated into appreciable gains. As such, it suggests that moral and social rationales be reincorporated into strategies for advancing diversity.

  4. Board Diversity and Director Qualifications

    August 2010 | Director Notes

    This is the third in a series of four studies developed in collaboration with Davis Polk & Wardwell to provide guidelines and examples to member companies of The Conference Board on emerging practices following the SEC enhanced disclosure reform.

Economics Program Working Paper Series

  1. Workforce Diversity and Productivity: An Analysis of Employer-Employee Match Data

    April 2001 | Economics Program Working Paper Series

    Arguments in support of workplace diversity suggest that we are a better society when we work together, but the actual economic costs and benefits to workforce diversity are unclear.

Executive Action Report

  1. On the Record with Kathy Mazzarella

    November 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Kathy Mazzarella is one of only 24 female CEOs in the Fortune 500 to date. The Conference Board spoke with Mazzarella about her unique trajectory to the top.

  2. Second Acts in Prime Time: Helping Employees Transition to Post-retirement Careers

    October 2014 | Executive Action Report

    Innovative firms are rethinking their retirement models to hold on to baby boomer talent and engage employees as they transition to second act careers.

  3. Link between Human Capital and Sustainability

    December 2013 | Executive Action Report

    A good understanding of the link between human capital and sustainability can help company directors identify how investing in the right sustainability programs can drive significant improvements in human capital.

  4. Vets Returning to the Workforce

    October 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Employers have a talent shortage, particularly in technical fields. Returning veterans are an often overlooked talent pool that offers a gold mine of applied and technical skills in these areas.

  5. Better Together: Advancing Diversity & Inclusion through Analytics and Strategic Workforce Planning

    June 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Combining human capital analytics and strategic workforce planning best practices can inform and improve diversity and inclusion initiatives.

  6. Helping Millennials Help You: Managing Your Young Workforce

    May 2013 | Executive Action Report

    By 2020, baby boomers and generation X will be far outnumbered by their millennial counterparts in the workplace, who will soon be in the same seats their managers now occupy. What are companies doing today to prepare these future leaders?

  7. Addressing the Talent Shortage in China and India: Leveraging Women in the Workforce

    January 2013 | Executive Action Report

    Women are underutilized in labor markets in Asia. Leveraging women in the workforce is essential to resolve this talent shortage and promote both social and economic development in these countries.

  8. Closing the Gender Gap: A European Perspective on New Approaches to Women’s Leadership

    September 2010 | Executive Action Report

    Women account for only about 10 percent of board directors in Europe’s top 300 companies and more than two-thirds of the 101 largest firms have no women on their executive committees. With voluntary measures to close the gender gap making little progress,

  9. Will You Want to Hire Your Own Kids? (Will Anybody Else?)

    August 2009 | Executive Action Report

    Workforce entrants are caught between an educational system that teaches and measures one set of skills and a rapidly evolving workplace that demands another. But who will close the gap?

  10. Can They Take It? What Happens When Older Employees Work Overtime

    November 2008 | Executive Action Report

    Overtime is a key to profitability for many employers, and a boost to the paychecks of their employees. But is there a concomitant cost when, as is often the case, senior employees work extra hours?

  11. Women's Leadership: Revitalizing Women’s Initiatives

    July 2008 | Executive Action Report

    There are suggestions that women's advancement in corporate America has plateaued or even slipped in recent years. But many companies remain committed to initiatives designed to support women’s careers.

  12. On the Record with J. Doug Pruitt

    July 2008 | Executive Action Report

    The CEO of Sundt Construction, Tempe, Arizona, explains the importance of managing change, fostering innovation, and the need for diversity and multi-generational knowledge sharing.

  13. Shifting the Focus: Updating Your Work-Life Approach to Integrate Employee Engagement and Talent Management

    May 2008 | Executive Action Report

    To recruit and retain a new generation joining the workforce, companies need to understand that work-life balance has moved beyond flextime, and adjust their work-life programs accordingly.

  14. Where Are the Women Directors?

    September 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women are everywhere in corporate America — except on boards. Here's how to change that.

  15. When an Employee's Freedom of Religion Crosses Paths with a Company's Interests

    September 2007 | Executive Action Report

    As religion increasingly collides with corporate policies and practices, companies are asking what is and isn't permissible behavior — for workers and for themselves.

  16. Women and Leadership: Creating Opportunities for Advancement

    June 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Women can advance in the workforce only if companies are more aggressive in promoting them to leadership positions—and women take advantage of increased
    opportunities.

  17. Middle Managers: Engaging and Enrolling the Biggest Roadblock to Diversity and Inclusion

    April 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Diversity practitioners, who challenge the status quo, frequently put themselves at direct odds with middle managers, who often are more concerned with preserving it.

  18. A View From the Top:
    The Challenge of Building A Global Workforce

    March 2007 | Executive Action Report

    In the war for talent in India and China, retention is a challenge, and the fact that these new workers are also newly empowered consumers is an opportunity.

  19. Europe's Progress in Promoting Work-Life and Diversity in the Workplace

    January 2007 | Executive Action Report

    Comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation now covers the European Union’s 27 member states, strongly affecting companies’ diversity and work-life management policies and practices.

  20. Faith at Work: What Does It Mean to Be a “Faith-Friendly” Company?

    November 2006 | Executive Action Report

    How companies frame their response the “faith-at-work” movement will determine if the issue becomes a legal minefield or a source of competitive advantage.

  21. Women of Color: Strategies for Leadership Success

    June 2006 | Executive Action Report

    While high-level women of color encounter many of the same gender stereotypes as senior white female executives, they also face unique challenges that can be overcome by networking and planning.

  22. Age and Opportunity: Plan Strategically to Get the Most Out of a Maturing Workforce

    May 2006 | Executive Action Report

    If baby boomers retire as expected, there won’t be enough people to do the work; companies who act now can avoid the worst and gain a competitive advantage.

  23. Hispanics in the Workplace: Building Meaningful Diversity

    March 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As the Hispanic American population increases rapidly, diversifying the workforce so a company reflects its customers is a high priority for American business.

     

     

  24. Business Case for Diversity: Good Practices in the Workplace

    February 2006 | Executive Action Report

    Companies operating in Europe are finding that building diverse workforces and more inclusive work environments results in tangible business benefits.

  25. Diversity and Profitability: Making the Connections

    January 2006 | Executive Action Report

    As demographic changes in Europe and government regulations pressure companies to increase workforce diversity, companies are finding that a diverse workforce can increase productivity and profitability.

  26. Women in Leadership: The Diversity Imperative—Supporting Actions for Change

    August 2005 | Executive Action Report

    There are considerable gender gaps in employment status, pay levels, and career outlook in Europe despite roughly equal numbers of well-educated males and females. Are senior executives willing to take steps to correct the imbalance?

  27. Hispanic Market in 2010

    January 2005 | Executive Action Report

    By the close of the decade, Hispanics in the US are expected to represent more than $670 billion in spending power. Marketers will wish to take advantage of this opportunity, but do they understand this population well enough to do so?

  28. Work-Life and Diversity: Local Needs and Business Relevance Drive Success

    November 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Spurred on by the new European Union-wide anti-discrimination legislation, inclusion policies and practices are being adopted by Europe-based organisations. Which approaches will succeed?

  29. Women in Leadership: Putting Diversity Policies into Practice

    August 2004 | Executive Action Report

    Most large companies have diversity policies in place that include targets for recruiting and advancing more women into leadership roles, but they still face the challenges of implementing the policies successfully while growing their business.

  30. European Perspective: Using Diversity and Work-Life Solutions to Retain a Competitive Edge

    November 2003 | Executive Action Report

    This report finds organizations that master the ability to effectively address the needs, challenges, and opportunities that diversity represents will be the ones that thrive globally.

  31. Affluent Population: Current Assets and Future Demographics

    October 2003 | Executive Action Report

    The number of affluent households in the United States will continue to increase over the next seven years, according to a recent study. The report also finds despite recent financial setbacks, the portfolios of the well-to-do remain healthy.

  32. Women Advance Slowly But Surely in Top Management Ranks

    July 2003 | Executive Action Report

    Women have advanced in corporations both in the United States and Europe with the help of diversity programs and initiatives, but managerial mindsets can present obstacles.

     

  33. Putting Women on Equal Footing

    April 2003 | Executive Action Report

    For women, the road to gender parity in the corporate world is potholed with "microinequities," such as being interrupted or ignored, having ideas credited to male colleagues, being excluded from activities, and having to deal with jokes that target women

  34. Women in Leadership: A European Business Imperative

    July 2002 | Executive Action Report

    When an organization puts women in key leadership positions they become a magnet for talented women and men.

Human Capital in Review

  1. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion
    (Vol. 4, No. 1, 2014)

    March 2014 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on demographic diversity in the workplace and the benefits of diversity for innovation and team dynamics.

  2. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity and Inclusion (Vol. 3, No. 3, 2013)

    November 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    There continues to be a strong interest in both the organizational barriers that hinder women’s leadership development and strategies to effectively reduce the impact of those barriers.

  3. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013)

    August 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on: gender stereotypes and interviewing, the "third billion," and attracting mothers returning to the workforce.

  4. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013)

    April 2013 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication explores hot topics within diversity and inclusion research. This issue includes articles on: perspective taking, cultural competency training, and Europe’s plans for its aging work population.

  5. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 4, 2012)

    December 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of diversity and inclusion.

  6. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity and Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012)

    September 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    This publication is designed for the busy human capital executive who values selected and thoughtfully summarized article reviews of what is happening in the area of diversity and inclusion.

  7. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012)

    May 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in diversity and inclusion.

  8. Conference Board Human Capital in Review™: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012)

    March 2012 | Human Capital in Review

    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in diversity and inclusion.

  9. Conference Board Human Capital in Review: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion (Vol. 1, No. 1, 2011)

    October 2011 | Human Capital in Review

    The Human Capital in Review series is designed for the busy human capital executive who values filtered and thoughtfully summarized highlights of significant ideas, topics, research, and trends in diversity and inclusion.

Key Findings

  1. Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce

    December 2007 | Key Findings

    Boomer retirements are a global reality. But individual businesses can’t know how they will be affected by this trend unless they analyze their own workforce data.

  2. Are They Really Ready To Work?

    May 2006 | Key Findings

    This report defines workforce readiness by examining survey results and interviews with Human Resource and other senior executives.

KnowlEdge Series Summaries

  1. Can Four Generations Focus in One Place?

    July 2013 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    This overview is adapted from The Conference Board KnowlEdge Series® presentation, "How We Work: Developing the Right Environment to Enable Our Workforce," with concentrations on the multigenerational workplace and office design.

  2. LGBT in the Workplace and Marketplace

    July 2012 | KnowlEdge Series Summaries

    The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) population is no longer merely included in corporate strategy, but is a focus of that strategy, as companies try to attract both LGBT talent and market share.

Periodical

  1. Board Asia Newsletter

    December 2013 | Periodical

    Major news covered in this issue includes details of the launch of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for India and the ASEAN Leadership 2.0 project, an ongoing dialogue on leadership issues.

Research Report

  1. Global Leadership Forecast (GLF) 2014 | 2015, Ready-Now Leaders: Meeting Tomorrow’s Business Challenges

    August 2014 | Research Report

    New research from DDI and The Conference Board spotlights a critical difference between the top and bottom corporate financial performers: companies with higher percentages of women in leadership roles perform better.

  2. Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success

    August 2014 | Research Report

    Small business offers perhaps the greatest opportunity for employing people with disabilities in the United States.

  3. Tapping Hidden Talent Pools: Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Veterans and People with Disabilities

    June 2014 | Research Report

    This report provides in-depth explanation and interpretation of the changes in these regulations to provide businesses with the tools to employ veterans and people with disabilities in this new paradigm.

  4. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: Latin America Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    This report provides an analysis of survey results from the Latin America region, providing a unique vision that top executives share in these emerging markets.

  5. Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: ASEAN Edition

    April 2014 | Research Report

    CEOs in ASEAN are seeking strong business leadership that is able to drive change and not afraid to boldly innovate (and even fail) in a performance-focused environment.

  6. Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities

    February 2013 | Research Report

    The  median income for people with disabilities is less than half that of people without disabilies, despite significant federal legislation. This report addresses how to overcome this disparity.

  7. A Perfect Match? How Nonprofits Are Tapping into the Boomer Talent Pool

    August 2009 | Research Report

    This report explores the growing trend of nonprofits to recruit boomers and the things both sides need to do to make this very promising relationship work.

  8. Meeting the Challenges of a Dispersed Workforce: Managing Across Language, Culture, Time and Location

    November 2008 | Research Report

    Distance managers succeed when they develop, support, and advocate for employees they see rarely. A survey finds managers think they’re doing a better job at this than their employees do.

  9. Leadership, Governance, and Accountability: A Pathway to a Diverse and Inclusive Organization

    August 2008 | Research Report

    Diversity is not just about hiring people who are different, but about linking their perspectives with business strategy for competitive advantage.

  10. Bridging the Gaps: How to Transfer Knowledge in Today's Multigenerational Workplace

    July 2008 | Research Report

    Boomer retirements and the “digital divide” between generations make it more important than ever for companies to approach knowledge transfer as a real objective, not just a casual conversation.

  11. Creating a Competency Model for Diversity and Inclusion Practitioners

    May 2008 | Research Report

    Diversity and inclusion (D&I) isn’t just about valuing differences anymore, but about putting them to work in today’s global economy, which requires D&I practitioners with specific competencies.

  12. Gray Skies, Silver Linings: How Companies Are Forecasting, Managing, and Recruiting a Mature Workforce

    December 2007 | Research Report

    Many mature workers want to keep working; many retirees want to work again. Companies can benefit from recruiting them—especially employers who want a workforce that mirrors their mature customer base.

     

  13. Managing the Mature Workforce

    July 2005 | Research Report

    The maturing workforce is often seen as an issue instead of an opportunity. Companies willing to recruit and retain the members of this growing talent pool can benefit.

  14. Hispanic Market in 2010

    November 2004 | Research Report

    This report profiles these consumers and predicts how their demographics will change by 2010.

  15. Valuing Experience: How to Motivate and Retain Mature Workers

    April 2003 | Research Report

    This report examines the perspectives of HR executives and professionals on how to meet the needs of mature workers, attack workplace stereotypes, and encourage the transfer of valuable knowledge and skills.

  16. Voices of Experience: Mature Workers in the Future Workforce

    November 2002 | Research Report

    Presents the results of the Board's Life Planning Survey, which explored the retirement intentions and perspectives of 1645 employees aged 50 and above.

  17. Diversity Executive: Tasks, Competencies, and Strategies for Effective Leadership

    October 2001 | Research Report

    Seventy-one diversity executives, representing some of America's leading corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, share best practices and recommendations on setting standards for effective diversity leadership.

  18. Innovative Public-Private Partnerships: Promoting the Hiring of Workers with Disabilities

    June 2001 | Research Report

    This publication documents corporate participation in many federal, state, and local programs designed to promote meaningful employment for persons with disabilities.

  19. Diversity: An Imperative for Business Success

    October 1999 | Research Report

    This conference report addresses the business rationale behind implementing diversity and tools for making inclusiveness a reality within companies.

  20. Work-Life Initiatives in a Global Context

    June 1999 | Research Report

    This report, based on the 1999 Work and Family conference in New York, evaluates how this strain affects workers and businesses on a global level.

  21. Board Diversity in U.S. Corporations: Best Practices for Broadening the Profile of Corporate Boards

    January 1999 | Research Report

    Board diversity, according many senior executives should be considered in the context of improving shareholder value.

  22. Managing Diversity for Sustaining Competitiveness

    September 1997 | Research Report

    Companies have realized that diversity is beneficial to their bottom lines, will help them grow their business, and will help them remain competitive. Any diversity program requires C-suite support.

The Conference Board Review

  1. Workspace: "She's a girl, but she has brains"

    July 2013 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Alison Maitland argues that diversity is only as effective as the way we talk about it.

  2. Men Not at Work: Q&A with Hanna Rosin

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    The modern economy is better suited to women, says Hanna Rosin, and men have so far been unable or unwilling to adjust.

  3. Think Different? Real diversity means getting past groupthink.

    October 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    How is it possible that organizations have achieved outward diversity but not diversity of thought? This article explains.

  4. HR: You're Doing It Wrong: Jones vs. Anastasijevic

    July 2012 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Laurie Ruettimann explains how people with difficult last names have a harder time getting hired and promoted.

  5. Workspace: Unconscious Biases

    July 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Columnist Alison Maitland asks: How do you get senior executives to address the impact of their unconscious biases?

  6. 27 at Heart: Why Gen Yers shouldn’t write off their boomer co-workers.

    April 2011 | The Conference Board Review

    Gen Yers need to get used to the idea of working with a whole lot of people who could be their parents or even grandparents.

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