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TCI Women’s Leadership Development in Massachusetts Impact Study

On Wednesday, June 12th, the highly anticipated results of the Commonwealth Institute’s 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Development in Massachusetts Impact Study were released. The goal of this study was to gain an understanding of what employers are doing to develop, retain, and advance women leaders in the state of Massachusetts, as well as keep track of how women are progressing in the leadership pipeline.

“Our aim from the beginning has been to give concrete recommendations to support systematic, sustained progress for women into leadership roles throughout the state,” said Elizabeth Hailer, Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute (TCI). “This year, we’ve identified three vital steps businesses can take to advance and retain women.”

These steps include:

  1. Doing an analysis of internal and external environments
  2. Creating a plan that addresses the key findings, including metrics and accountability
  3. Putting resources in place for the plan’s success
Elizabeth Hailer, Executive Director of The Commonwealth Institute

“Our hope is that each year this report not only increases our understanding of what businesses are doing to advance women leaders but that we’re able to continue to share actionable steps to move the needle and accelerate the number of women leaders in Massachusetts,” Hailer said.

Hollister Staffing is proud to have partnered with TCI in the distribution of this survey and supports all that they do to advance women leaders.

Some highlights from the study:

  • 6 out of 10 responding companies have formal advancement goals for women.
  • 1 out of 3 responding MA companies have programs addressing women’s leadership development.
  • 8% of responding companies have programs focused on advancing women of color.
  • An estimated 1 in 5 leadership positions within MA companies of 20+ employees are held by women.