An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for HR Networks magazine
The change in the diversity environment is notoriously slow and ponderous. Here Helen Pitcher Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence, a Board Effectiveness Consultancy ponders the speed of change and suggests we are at a significant point in the business cycle with regard to diversity.
The suggestion is that we are at the cusp, where diversity shifts from a challenge and a problem issue, to a business imperative and an opportunity. Also, that the HR community is well-positioned to both increase their influence with the Board and CEO, and to create an external profile as a sought after NED who possesses the core capabilities of, top team executive succession and development, reward management and cultural diversity to address these board strategic issues.
So much has changed over the past 30 years since I wrote a report on diversity and women in the workplace? Or are we spinning around with the same arguments and issues. At Advanced Boardroom Excellence we are about to publish in September a Report on Diversity, with a focus on the female talent in organisations, in which 70 successful women leaders took part. This provoked my reflections on the key catalysts to change in diversity both in the past and in the future.