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No More Excuses for Lack of Boardroom Diversity

No More Excuses for Lack of Boardroom Diversity
From Recruiter - February 27, 2017

There just arent that many women qualified to sit in the boardroom.

Thats the most common excuse given by executives when asked aboutthe gender disparity in the C-suite and the boardroom. That may have been true at one point, but in 2017 that excuse no longer holds water.

The truth is anexpansive pool of qualified women ready to step into top corporate roles exists, according to research from global recruitment firm Harvey Nash and the HKU Business School of the University of Hong Kong.

Harvey Nash and HKU jointly run a board preparedness program called the Womens Directorship Programme (WDP), which aims to tackle the existing gender diversity imbalance in boardrooms through lectures, interactive sessions, and leadership exercises that help women meet the challenges of climbing the corporate ladder.

The program offers answers to the worldwide business communitys call to tackle the existing gender imbalance in boardrooms, says Kirti Lad, director of executive search at Harvey Nash APAC. It has helped to produce a pool of board-ready female leaders ready to step up and create change in the business community and empowered the next generation of women leaders to gain the confidence and skills needed to secure a board position.

5Steps to Help Female Executives Prepare for the C-Suite

There are a number of steps women can take to prepare for a seat at the executivetable. Based on the feedback from business leaders in the WDP, Lad identifies five key areas for women to focus on to ensure they are prepared for top positions: coaching, mentoring, sponsorship, networking, and training.

Here, Lad explains the importance of each:



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