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Advancing Women Leaders


A new framework to engage and advance women leaders in the workplace

Now is the time for every organization to create and execute a robust and effective strategy to advance women in leadership at all levels. Decades of progress toward gender parity is on the line.

Do you have a strategy to attract, retain and advance women leaders at your organization?

Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders solution is a practical framework that enables organizations to attract, retain, develop and advance women leaders at all levels. It is based on three decades of work with more than a million leaders—and all our solutions are optimized to deliver measurable and lasting impact.

The Advancing Women Leaders Solution is informed by Linkage’s research, which has identified:

  • The Inner Critic and 7 Hurdles to advancement that women face in the workplace—as well as the corresponding competencies needed to overcome them
  • The four key dimensions organizations must address to achieve and maintain gender parity, which include Culture, Talent Systems, Executive Action and Leadership Development for Women

Linkage’s assessments, programming, and consulting speak directly to these hurdles, competencies and dimensions, and equip organizations with the data and direction they need to make a real impact.

Women who ascend to the director or senior director level are less likely than they were earlier in their career to recommend their employer as “a great place for women leaders to work*”. Now is the time to act to engage and develop women leaders.

We empower organizations to take active steps to improve the environment for women and develop and prepare women leaders for advancement.

Here’s how:

Linkage’s best-in-class assessments drive transformational change, including the Advancing Women Organizational Assessmentand the Advancing Women Leaders 360° Assessment.

We offer immersive and transformative leadership development experiences for women across delivery formats and learning styles, including virtual, in-person and hybrid programming. Premier offerings within the Advancing Women Leaders Solution include Digital Academy, Virtual Sessions, Essentials program, and the Women in Leadership Institute.

We offer additional dynamic products and programming to help you develop an entire women in leadership strategy, including coaching for women in leadership, keynote sessions on key women’s leadership topics and consulting services.

*Linkage, a SHRM Company (2023)



Now is the time to identify what is holding women back – and empower them to take the next step on their leadership journey. Linkage’s extensive research and our work with thousands of women leaders has empowered us to identify the top hurdles women leaders must scale on the path to advancement.

Ready to learn more about the hurdles to advancement? Watch a special explainer video, hosted by Kristen Howe, Chief Product Officer at Linkage.



Establish benchmarks and strategies to advance women leaders.

Developing women leaders starts with the data. Linkage’s research-based assessments are the only diagnostic tools available that are designed specifically to diagnose and address the strategic goal of the advancement of women leaders.

Advancing Women Leaders 360° Assessment
Empower women to identify and cultivate the competencies needed to break into and rise in the executive ranks.
Advancing Women Leaders Organizational Assessment
Focus your organization's efforts in the areas that will be most impactful when it comes to advancing women leaders.

Equip women leaders with a variety of development opportunities designed to meet their unique needs.

Organizations which see the best results through their women’s leadership initiatives provide their women leaders with the latest in leadership development specifically and uniquely designed for women. Linkage’s leadership development for women includes best-in-class programming designed to drive results.

Women in Leadership Institute
Now, you can experience the Women in Leadership Institute virtually or in-person in Orlando, Florida. Scale the hurdles to advancement through leadership development specifically designed for women.
Face-to-Face or Digital
Advancing Women Leaders Game Changer Negotiation Program
Presented in Partnership with Molly Fletcher | Designed to equip women leaders with the insights, knowledge and real-world tactics they need to successfully negotiate in a changing and uncertain world.
Digital Leadership Development
Advancing Women Leaders Essentials
Discover a self-paced digital learning program designed to equip women leaders with the skills and tools they need to advance.
Advancing Women Leaders Digital Academy
Give women leaders access to strategically targeted skill-building exercises, simulations, and case studies through an innovative online learning experience.
Advancing Women Leaders Academy
Give women leaders access to strategically targeted skill-building exercises, simulations, case studies through a three-day in-person learning experience consisting of 8 modules.
Virtual Learning
Advancing Women Leaders Virtual Sessions
Reach your on-the-go workforce through convenient virtual leadership development, specifically designed for women. This 4- or 8-module virtual learning experience is designed to empower women leaders to recognize the hurdles that impede their advancement in the workplace—and help them identify tools and best practices to help overcome these barriers.
Advancing Women Leaders Coaching
Empower women leaders to take the next step in their leadership journeys and realize their full leadership potential through personalized, one-on-one executive coaching, designed to equip women with an action plan for success.

Expand your impact by building a culture where women leaders can excel.

Multiply the impact of your strategy to advance women leaders by thoughtfully implementing programming designed to enable you to scale your efforts and create the culture shift needed for meaningful results.

Advancing Women Leaders 360° Assessment Certification
Put your internal team in the driver’s seat when it comes to administering this powerful, research-based tool with women leaders at your organization.
Keynote: Changing the Game for Women in the Workplace
Equip leaders at your organization with actionable strategies to support the advancement of women leaders.
Keynote: Women Leaders, Your Time Is Now! Addressing the Inner Critic and the 7 Hurdles to Your Career Advancement
Engage women leaders with accessible and actionable programming to help them scale the hurdles to advancement.
Face-to-Face or Digital
Executive Sponsorship
Provide executives with the skills and mindset to sponsor underrepresented leaders to enhance the leadership pipeline.
Keynote: In Her Own Voice | A Woman’s Rise to CEO
Engage women leaders and their champions with the inspiration, motivation and strategies for advancement.

Partner with Linkage to achieve gender parity at your organization.

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Changing the Game for Women in the Workplace

Women leaders perform better, stay at their companies longer, and advance in their careers when organizations address four strategic dimensions. ​Dive deeper into the research.

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Your partner to advance women leaders

We are proven.

With more than 20 years in the advancing women leaders space, we have a proven track record of supporting organizations to develop and advance their top female talent.

We have the data.

Our organizational assessment is the only diagnostic tool designed to specifically target women and the barriers they face—and our benchmark data is informed by our work with hundreds of organizations.

We are people focused.

Our expert consultants are equipped with the latest research on the advancement of women leaders. Our goals are your goals.

It is inspiring to see the participants realizing their full potential as leaders. They are becoming even stronger role models capable of challenging themselves and others—not only within Avanade, but with our clients and beyond.

Pamela Maynard President, Avanade Europe

When we started our work with Linkage, we didn’t have a women’s story to tell…. Now, we have that story.

Elaine Stokes Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Loomis Sayles

The Linkage and Synchrony partnership is very unique. Linkage brings both the expertise and hands-on collaboration that really helps deliver a great experience for our high-potential women leaders.

Dericka Hudson Vice President, Learning and Development, Synchrony

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Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders Advisory Board includes diverse leaders from leading organizations on the forefront of the support, retention and advancement of women leaders. Their insights help inform the products and offerings in the Advancing Women Leaders Signature Solution.