Gender Intelligence

Bridging the Gap with Research, Science & Relevance

September 2015

Employers have committed significant resources to gender intelligence — a business-driven commitment to understanding how to build diverse leadership and workplace teams — but progress is slow.

Businesses are facing global competitive and economic imperatives to secure talent and build leadership, including new approaches to addressing gender discrepancies. The 2013 Catalyst Census showed that 37 percent of MBAs are women, yet only 4.6 percent of S&P 500 CEOs are women.1

Diversity, leadership and the bottom line

What we found in our compendium is that companies with a higher proportion of women on executive committees perform better financially — 41 percent better return on equity and 56 percent better in terms of overall earnings.2

Though employers are committing significant resources to increasing diversity, the workplace shows slow progress, particularly in higher management and leadership. In financial services, there is an actual decline.

Read our compendium of research on the drivers behind gender disparity. Use it to create your own agenda, partner with academics or lead discussions with your management teams.


1 “By the Numbers.” Catalyst 2013.
2. “Women Matter: Women at the Top of Corporations — Making It Happen.” McKinsey & Company. 2010

“Companies that lead with gender intelligence … are far more successful in advancing men and women in unison.”