High Tech: Women's Initiative Strategy Project
Women's Initiative Strategy Transforms Intention to Action and Equips Businesses to Lead Implementation
Everybody was in place to launch a global women’s initiative: initiative co-leaders were chosen and the CEO was set to be the executive sponsor. However, different stakeholders had different priorities and opinions about the appropriate focus and the company did not have a formulated strategy that aligned the organization across levels and geographies to deliver results.
Exponential Talent’s Solution
To align company executives and women’s initiative co-leaders, Exponential Talent facilitated an executive level planning process that united the voices of key stakeholders into a comprehensive strategic framework, including vision, goals, operating principles, benchmarking analysis, initiative structure, key programs and strategies, and implementation timeline. As part of the strategic planning process, Exponential Talent provided executive education on gender workforce trends, gender dynamics in organizations, and best practices in diversity and gender change efforts.
The strategic framework was designed to integrate diversity initiatives with the company’s business strategy to create more sustainable change and the buy-in of business leaders, executives, and individual women across levels.
The strategic framework enabled the company to align stakeholders and move quickly from intention to action. The framework also set the tone for gender diversity being identified as a core business priority, yet was flexible enough for customization to happen given varying needs and priorities of different organization areas and departments. The resulting initiative structure ensured that implementation would be driven by business units across geographies as opposed to be perceived as a “human resource” initiative separate from business priorities.