Linkage Releases Brand-New Research on Intersectionality and the Advancement of Women Leaders

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Sarah Breigle, Sr. Director of Marketing, Linkage, Inc. | 781.402.5599

Date: February 3, 2020

BOSTON, Mass: Linkage, a leading provider of strategic leadership development solutions, has published brand-new research which decodes Intersectionality and proves its impact on the advancement of women leaders.

Linkage researchers have found that race and ethnicity have a substantial effect on how women leaders assess themselves and how other leaders assess them, surfacing real differences—as well as evidence of Bias—that organizations must consider when developing their women leaders.

The findings are featured in “Intersectionality in the Workplace and the Advancement of Women Leaders,” a groundbreaking new white paper from Linkage, which examines the role Intersectionality plays in the advancement of women leaders and outlines key recommendations for integrating Intersectionality data into leadership development efforts.

Linkage, which partners with leading organizations worldwide to develop and implement innovative leadership development programming specifically designed to accelerate the leadership readiness of women, examined thousands of 360° assessments of high-performing women to identify trends, as well as examples of biases.

“We found that women of different racial and ethnic groups often experience a complex combination of forms of discrimination—including racism and sexism—which overlap in ways that profoundly affect their ability to professionally advance,” said Jennifer McCollum, the first female CEO of Linkage. “The insights in this white paper are critical to leaders looking to lead inclusively in 2020 and beyond.”

The findings enable an important opportunity for business leaders to understand the metrics behind the advancement of their women leaders and allow for an important moment of reflection as organizations look to build and maintain cultures of inclusion.

“We must be hyper-aware of Intersectionality as we work to not only create gender equity, but to advance women of all backgrounds,” said McCollum. “We have a responsibility to bring diverse voices and perspectives to the table, and we can only do that when we understand the unique experiences of every member of our teams.”

This research informs both the Advancing Women Leaders and Leading with a Mindset of Inclusion practice at Linkage, which empowers companies to take active steps to improve the environment for women and all members of underrepresented groups and develop individual women leaders.

About Linkage: For more than 30 years, Linkage has been changing the face of leadership. Through our work with more than one million leaders, we continue to evolve our leadership data, insights and frameworks—empowering leading organizations to solve their most vexing leadership challenges. From developing effective, purposeful leaders to advancing women and creating cultures of inclusion, we guide our clients with proven Solutions to create transformative change.