According to Chris Rowland, Global Diversity Officer with ManpowerGroup, the accelerating more women into leadership positions requires a sustained effort that starts with leadership and includes actionable steps.
Rowland was a guest speaker at Milwaukee Women inc’s January 17 Steering Committee meeting. The meeting also included insights form Ron Adams, leadership consultant on diversity and inclusion with Northwestern Mutual, and Joan Prince, vice chancellor of global inclusion & engagement with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
ManpowerGroup is leading on this issue by example. Under the leadership of CEO Jonas Prising, the company has made a concerted and public commitment to diversity and inclusion. “It’s embedded in our fabric,” said Rowland.
Efforts include building a pipeline of emerging women and diverse leaders by giving them access and experience with a wide range of roles within the company – not just the “pink ghettos,” or departments more typically led by females such as human resources and marketing. Notably, Manpower is approaching 40% female representation on its board of directors. Said Rowland, “We’ve made progress, but this is not mission accomplished.”