Making the Invisible Visible

What's preventing progress on women in leadership?

The FMI and Oliver Wyman’s Boardroom Journal aims to support senior executives responsible for guiding their companies through the many challenges that grocers and their suppliers may face throughout their careers.

The pandemic has proven that navigating through a crisis requires strong leadership. While many companies recognize that diverse executive teams drive more innovation and better business outcomes, somehow only 1 in 4 executive leaders is female. What are the attitudes and obstacles — both those that are visible as well as the invisible ones — that stand in the way of greater diversity and inclusion at the highest levels of companies?

Despite efforts to achieve C-suite gender diversity, diverse representation in senior leadership positions remains elusive: across the top 3,000 companies in the United States, just 12 percent of profit-and-loss-focused roles such as chief operating officer or head of sales are filled by women; and fewer than six percent of these 3,000 companies are led by a female CEO.

Women begin their careers with a mindset if we do the best job we can, keep our heads down, and have the right answers, someone will notice.