Discussion at Davos When Women Thrive We All Thrive

Some of the world’s most notable businesspeople -- CEOs from Barclays, eBay, Cisco, Marriott, UBS, and Mercer -- gathered Wednesday in a powerful kick-off breakfast at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, delivering a strong message about one of the greatest opportunities for global economic development and corporate growth: Women. The event -- “The Role of Men: Leading the Charge Together,” hosted by Mercer’s When Women Thrive global initiative for action -- was designed to focus on men's roles in increasing gender diversity in the workplace.

“Men have a unique opportunity in this as we still make up 80% of the executive ranks and even more than that at the CEO level,” said Julio A. Portalatin, Mercer President & CEO. “We have a unique obligation to be out in front on growing women in the workforce. It’s not a ‘women’s’ issue. This is a workforce issue.”

At the event, Mercer launched a preview of the firm’s second annual When Women Thrive Global Report, to be released on January 27. The report -- the most comprehensive and predictive of its kind -- forecasts women’s workforce representation globally, highlighting major pipeline risk to future progress in the workplace, and shows regional rankings for executive involvement, pay equity, employee benefits, women’s financial education, and more.

Be sure to register for a webinar (Jan. 27) of key insights and findings here.

Beth Umland
by Beth Umland

Director of Research, Health, Mercer

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