At the "Workplace: Retaining Diverse Talent” workshop, Kenneth
Charles, vice president, diversity and inclusion for General Mills; Katherine
Giscombe, vice president, diverse women and inclusion research for Catalyst;
and Sue Johnson, global head of gender balance and diversity, shared best-in-class
talent retention strategies.
Gender stereotyping is the number one barrier to advancement, as women are seen
as people who "take care” while men are seen as people who "take charge,” said Giscombe (at right in photo below). Also, men are promoted on
potential, but women are promoted on performance. What’s more, men have more
high-level mentors who provide more sponsorship.
Charles (center) noted the goal of a gender diverse workforce is "not to retain everyone. We’re
creating greater business value by retaining employees who provide the greatest
contribution,” he said.
Companies and their women professionals should pursue the idea of non-linear careers, said Johnson (left). "We must keep evolving the mindset so that we can
chose when and where we work,” she said. "We need to go at the speed of the