Having a diverse workplace promotes a number of positive elements that keep an office running smoothly and efficiently. From boosting morale and promoting a more comfortable working environment for all employees to encouraging an assortment of perspectives, a workplace with a variety of races and genders in leadership roles is important for all businesses.
Studies show that, while many companies promote diversity, a very low number of women hold leadership positions in the workforce. These studies also show there are a significant number of women who are qualified to hold senior executive leadership positions; which makes this a matter worth examining.
The Need for Female Leaders
On this edition of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at RWJBarnabas, sits down to discuss the benefits of having women leaders in high-level executive positions.
Davis acknowledges “A Seat at the Table,” a report on advancing gender diversity in New Jersey’s workforce, which asserts that “as we begin to measure really very closely just the status of women in the C-Suites (corporation’s most important senior executives) in these organizations and on boards across the state of New Jersey, we’re seeing that the needle has moved very, very little,” she explains.
However, Davis is optimistic the business community of NJ will make the appropriate changes; thus ensuring more women are able to pursue leadership opportunities in the near future.
The Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) has also spoken about their pledge; which would push more companies to commit to greater diversity and, Davis says, “to create some transparency and accountability.”
To hear more from Michellene Davis, check out this segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.
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