NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Female executives are creating corporate cultures of change and innovation, according to a newly published research study conducted by The Everest Project. Eve of Change: Women Redefining Corporate America examines the influence of women's leadership in today's global economy and provides insight into how the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and sexual orientation impacts women in the workplace. The full report is available online at www.everestproject.org.
The study's findings are the result of over two years of confidential interviews with 132 of some of the most senior-level female executives in the United States. Participants—who identified as Black, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Pan Asian or White—represented over eighty Fortune 500 corporations from a range of different industries and regions. An additional 260 executive level interviews with the interview subject's manager and her direct report were conducted for a more comprehensive perspective. In total, The Everest Project's findings are based on 392 interviews.
Key Research Findings
Below are the five key findings presented in Eve of Change: Women Redefining Corporate America:
Conclusion: Women today are designing a new corporate culture for a time of rapid change. They possess a leadership vision, approaches, and skill – that have not been previously identified and have too often gone unrecognized, underappreciated, and misrepresented in mainstream research. Women use that portfolio of skills and qualities as part of an integrated process for fostering innovation. For women leading this charge, innovation is not a self-contained endeavor. It's a process that evolves and emerges, fashioned from a culture that interview subjects have imagined and have made real.
"The findings are stunning and speak to the transformative impact women executives are making at their organizations," stated Lily Tang, President and Co-Founder of The Everest Project. "Contrary to the constant messages about what women have to do to succeed, women are consistently succeeding in leading change; from the massive to the incremental."
"Our study offers companies a blueprint on how to create a corporate environment that not only empowers women, but also their business," said Pamela Carlton, Co-Founder and Lead Researcher of The Everest Project. "We hope our findings will help rewrite the script for business success and illuminate how women are shaping corporate cultures and unleashing creativity for sustainable innovation."
Research partners for the study included leading affinity-based professional organizations Ascend, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) and Out Leadership. These groups provided thought leadership and helped identify senior level female executives for the study.
"In today's global economy, having more women in senior leadership positions with unique expertise and diverse perspectives is critical to remain competitive and enhance business performance," stated Ronald C. Parker, President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council. He added that "These findings underscore the value of diversity as more than just good corporate social responsibility – it's a business imperative."
Time Warner and Walmart are the lead underwriters of The Everest Project. Other organizations providing corporate sponsorship for the study include Bank of America, American Express, Amgen, 3M, Ernst & Young, Comcast, Comerica, Viacom, Godiva and the Colgate-Palmolive Company.
"Women are leading our businesses at Time Warner in record numbers but more importantly, they have been instrumental in driving our growth and sparking innovation," said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, President, Time Warner Foundation and SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc. "This report masterfully highlights and explores the many contributions of women and how women are critical to the future of our businesses."
About The Everest Project
The Everest Project is the first theoretical and practical research initiative to take a multicultural and gender specific perspective in examining the role of women executives in corporate America. The findings presented in Everest's first published research study, Eve of Change: Women Redefining Corporate America, breaks new ground for women and for businesses that understand that managing the status quo is not enough. Leading change is the new normal.
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