Women Ahead: Workplace diversity possible only with high-visibility, female role models

By Sahiba Singh and Atul Bhandari 

Back in 2007, when Drew Gilpin Faust was appointed the President of Harvard, she is said to have famously corrected a member of the audience during her appointment speech, saying, “I’m not the Woman President of Harvard, I’m the President of Harvard”. 

Even today, an announcement on the appointment of women to CEO positions might include a reference to their gender as an ‘addon’ achievement. 

As an executive search and leadership advisory firm and study partners for The Economic Times Women Ahead initiative, we are no strangers to the ‘D’ word – Diversity. Here are some learning from our experiences, and our advice for organisations and leaders who are serious about having more women in leadership positions: 
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