The Network of Executive Women is piloting two new leadership development programs for companies, women and men and is investing in research and insights to support gender-equality initiatives in retail, consumer goods, financial services and technology, NEW President and CEO Sarah Alter announced in her opening remarks at the 12th annual NEW Executive Forum, July 31 at the Omni La Costa Resort in Carlsbad, California.
The new learning programs are a mix of onsite and online learning, focused on developing women and creating gender-diverse and inclusive workplaces. NEW’s research will support a top-down, bottom-up approach to creating gender equality, an approach that emphasizes leadership development and opportunity for all women, at every level, Alter said.
“The voices of women are getting louder, stronger and more united,” Alter said. “But, as we’ve seen, advocacy alone doesn’t transform our corporate cultures. We must be more deliberate and demand action for our companies and ourselves.”
Two new pilot programs join three existing NEW programs — NEW Career Accelerator Workshops, NEW Rising Stars for mid-level leaders and NEW Executive Institute for emerging executives. The programs are:
- NEW Action for Women of Color, a leadership and cultural training program that will help organizations break down stubborn workplace barriers.
- NEW Leadership Essentials, a hybrid learning program that combines online learning and group coaching for our NEW corporate partners’ field operations.
NEW is also investing in new research and insights, including:
- A special report on the workplace experiences of women of color.
- A report on developing and retaining emerging leaders and how diversity of age, race, ethnicity and experience improves business results.
- Research detailing corporate solutions for closing the gender gap by supporting women through critical personal and professional pivots or transitions.
- A Blueprint for Action for corporate partners that includes real-world insights, strategies and tools that a company’s most senior leadership teams can act on to create workplaces that bring about better results.
“The social climate and marketplace pressures are converging and demand action on gender equality and inclusion,” Alter said. “We don’t have time to waste.”