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Why have we not seen significant results from diversity and inclusion programs geared toward women? Why are we not seeing more representation in the C-suite and senior leadership roles?
Traditional D&I programs only scratch the surface of what it takes to help women move ahead. For one thing, women need both male and female sponsors—having only other women as mentors can hold them back. Further, many programs have been too focused at an individual level—effectiveness requires a holistic corporate-wide approach because, without a culture change within and throughout an organization, “second-generation” gender bias, stereotypes about women’s leadership abilities, and lack of access to male networks will continue to systemically impede women’s advancement.