Breaking Down Barriers for a More Diverse Workplace

Women Working Together

What can we do to create a more diverse workforce? That is the exact question being answered by a collaboration between the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Babson Executive Education in a new corporate program, All in for Advancement.

Breaking Down Barriers

The program is a result of a yearlong planning exercise with the Chamber staff, the Chamber’s Women’s Network, and Babson College. The goal is to build a culture for women to succeed in the workplace while also creating more opportunities and equitable representation for women on boards and in the C-suite.

Equitable and inclusive work environments have been proven to foster innovation, positioning companies to be more competitive for top talent.

This program is launching in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Network Advisory Board.

The Program

The inaugural cohort, called INfluencers, includes Comcast, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Foley Hoag, Google, JLL, Putnam Investments, PwC, Rapid7, Tufts Health Plan, and Wells Fargo. Each company will send three to four staff members representing a mix of genders, business functions, seniority, races, and ethnicities.

The program kicks off on February 7, 2019, followed by three half-day sessions during the following months, and three coaching sessions. It culminates in a final demo night in September 2019 to present plans the participants have created.

All in for Advancement will be co-taught by Babson faculty members Susan Duffy, Scott Taylor, and Heidi Neck as well as a diverse group of coaches.

The Impact

“In the program, we teach what culture is and what culture change means,” says Susan Duffy, executive director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL), a partner in the creation of this program. “These companies will learn about gender and inclusion and use the entrepreneurial mindset to design projects that will be the seeds of broader culture change for their organizations.”

The curriculum is designed to give participants a better understanding of how they can shift their cultures to increase gender equity and inclusivity. With peer support, exposure to leaders of culture change, tailored group-coaching sessions, and the ability to launch a scalable pilot effort to support inclusion, they will present to company leadership at the culmination of the program.

“Babson is looking forward to helping leading-edge companies that are ready to entrepreneur inclusive cultures that will drive innovation and bottom-line results,” says Duffy.

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