Special Edition: Exploring Women’s Leadership – Insights From Trailblazing Thought Leaders

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Nurturing Women's Leadership: Insights from Distinguished Thought Leaders


As we celebrate National Women Support Women’s Day on December 1, 2023, George Washington University’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership and CommPRO are showcasing the voices and wisdom of trailblazing women who have left an indelible mark on the business landscape in the inspiring paper “Nurturing Women’s Leadership: Insights from Distinguished Thought Leaders.”

A Unique Perspective On Women’s Leadership

Insights from female business thought leaders contribute a unique perspective on the current state of women’s leadership in the business world and in the workforce. Leaders such as Dr. Kathy Bloomgarden, CEO of Ruder Finn Inc., Sabrina George, CMO, Xcyte Digital Corporation, Allyson Hugley, Global Director of Customer Insights at LinkedIn Marketing Solutions | Customer Science, Meredith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Linda Rutherford, Chief Administration & Communications Officer at Southwest Airlines Company, Marian Salzman, Senior Vice President of Global Communications at Philip Morris International, Lisa Sepulveda, Global Chief Client Officer at Edelman, Valerie Simon, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Lumeris, and Patrice Tanaka, Founder & Chief Joy Officer of Joyful Planet LLC.

These thought leaders were invited to share their reflections on two pivotal questions that are at the heart of the exploration into women’s leadership:

  1. Leadership Development and Management Training Opportunities: In your experience, what leadership development and management training opportunities have been effective in retaining female talent and helping women move up into leadership roles?
  2. Advancing Women in Leadership: What do you believe is still needed to further support and advance women in leadership positions?*

Uncovering Actionable Strategies

As we delve into their insights, we aim to uncover actionable strategies and illuminate the path forward for businesses striving to cultivate an inclusive and empowering environment for women. The collective wisdom shared by these trailblazing thought leaders provides valuable guidance for organizations seeking to promote gender equality and diversity within their leadership ranks.

On this National Women Support Women’s Day, let us not only celebrate the achievements of women in leadership but also recognize the ongoing efforts required to ensure that women continue to shatter glass ceilings, lead with confidence, and inspire future generations of female leaders.

You can download the complete paper today and stay tuned for a series of articles featuring the insights and experiences of these remarkable women as we embark on a journey to understand the past, present, and future of women’s leadership in the business world. Together, we can pave the way for a brighter and more equitable future.

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