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Advancing Women Leaders


Just one in five senior leaders identifies as a woman*—and 50% of organizations have no clear strategy to advance women leaders.**

And, of the organizations with a strategy, nearly half do not address the organizational barriers holding women back, such as corporate culture and executive action.

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

Bottom line: Gender parity isn’t a women’s issue—it’s a business issue, and organizations that don’t take meaningful steps will lose out—they’ll see less revenue, lose out on opportunities, and stifle innovation.

According to Linkage research, companies that demonstrate the best results in advancing women leaders do two things: they take active steps to improve the environment for women and all members of underrepresented groups, and they differentially invest in individual women’s leadership training. Ultimately, they empower their women leaders to overcome the obstacles to female leadership—the seven high hurdles to advancement.

There are more educated and driven women entering the workforce today than ever before, yet most organizations still struggle with retaining and developing women leaders. The time to change this trend—and see the impact of gender parity in leadership—is now.

Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders solution is a practical framework which 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 research based, which means they are optimized to deliver measurable and lasting impact.

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

We drive institutional change through impactful leadership development solutions specifically for women, including our Advancing Women Organizational Assessment, unconscious bias training, and inclusive leadership training. Then, we empower women through the Advancing Women Leaders 360° Assessment, individualized coaching, buildable learning modules through the Linkage Academy, Advancing Women Leaders Virtual Sessions, and our premier Women in Leadership Institute.

*McKinsey 2017

**Linkage 2019



Establish benchmarks and strategies to advance 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
There are more ways than ever to experience the Women in Leadership Institute! Discover leadership development specifically designed for women leaders through a four-day immersive experience, either face-to-face or virtually. Can't join us for the full conference? Gain access to just the insights with two special Keynote-only passes!
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.
Digital Leadership Development
Advancing Women Leaders Essentials
For your organization: Bring a self-paced digital learning program designed to equip your women leaders with the skills and tools they need to advance.
Digital Leadership Development
Advancing Women Leaders Essentials On-Demand
For individual women leaders: Supercharge your leadership journey by gaining access to a premier, on-demand learning program.
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.

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.

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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