The 2018 Essentials: Women CEOs Speak

There is a yawning gender gap in Corporate America. Women make up 45% of the S&P 500’s workforce and they are CEOs at only 5% of those S&P 500 firms. Studies show that companies with disproportionately low numbers of women in leadership do not perform as well as those with a more balanced gender ratio. For years, boards have vowed to change that formula, yet still it remains.

To help spur changes, Korn Ferry partnered with the Rockefeller Foundation to interview 57 women CEOs. The ultimate goal: 100 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies by 2025. Over the course of 2018, Korn Ferry talks about the insights gleaned from the interviews and other research in a six-part podcast series, "Women CEOs Speak." The series is hosted by Evelyn Orr, chief operating officer for the Korn Ferry Institute.

Part 1: Research Foundations looks at common qualities shared by the women who became CEO.

Part 2: What Organizations Can Do reveals how companies and institutions can identify and nuture top female leadership candidates.

Part 3: What Women Can Do lays out a roadmap for women at any level who aspire to the c-suite, including what strategies to follow, what opportunities to seek out, and what pitfalls to avoid.

Part 4: Dealing with Sexism in the Workplace deals with how sexism shows up and what strategies to use to overcome it. 

Part 5: Mentors & Sponsors highlights the roles, both big and small, that other people have played to promote the careers of the nation's top female executives.

Part 6: “Formative Experiences” highights the events and moments that shaped the nation's top female executives.