Where Are the Women?

Increasingly, companies recognizing the importance of diversity at the top are investing in recruiting and developing talented women. So why aren’t we seeing more women in top roles?

July 18 2013 by John Kador


Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter’s Tips for Women Leaders

  • Refuse to be invisible. Take high-profile assignments and make sure your contributions are recognized and acknowledged. There’s a balance between hubris and humility. Find it.
  • Absolutely, positively, gain field expertise. There is simply no substitute for P&L responsibility. It has to be a big part of your work experience if you eventually want to be in the C-Suite—because results matter.
  • Network. Every encounter is a chance to make a connection. Attend events that attract CEOs. Meet them, build relationships and follow up. Networking allows you to think about your career strategically and to assess where you have gaps.
  • Pursue a board seat. Get to know the nominating committees of the boards of companies that interest you.
  • Volunteer to speak. Gain a public profile. You know more than you think you know. Share it and cultivate a profile.
  • Write articles and/or be available for comments. Become known as a go-to person. Be an expert others can tap.