From the Web: How More Women Can Get to the Top
Article being featured is Harvard Business Review’s “We Interviewed 57 Female CEOs to Find Out How More Women Can Get to the Top” (2017)
Many companies are lacking gender diversity in the senior-most levels, with only 6.4% of Fortune 500 companies headed by females (HBR, 2017). Although this year’s numbers increased by a little more than 50% from last year, Jane Edison Stevenson and Evelyn Orr from Harvard Business Review set out to find what women can do to seize those CEO positions. Of the many interesting findings, one directly pertains to Jabil Joules: a background in STEM is a large stepping-stone for women to get to the top. Based on their research, 40% of female CEOs started out in some type of technical expertise position in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics field (HBR, 2017).
Also, Jane and Evelyn found that women who harness the power of teams and ensure sponsorships are more likely to make it to the C-Suite offices. Many Joules have demonstrated their ability to collaborate and work with their peers, such as Emily Zhu, and other Joules like Sandra Gibson are dedicated to forming sponsorships with coworkers and being that mentor for others to go to for guidance.
With role models like these and all the other Jabil Joules who are dedicated to educating and connecting female coworkers, there will always be hope that we can increase the female representation in c-level positions.
Be sure to read more about the research completed by Jane Edison Stevenson and Evelyn Orr here.