External Research

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Diversity Competencies for Leadership Development

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Chief Learning Officer magazine partnered to ask 800+ leaders how their organizations drive leadership development through diversity competencies to promote inclusive workplace cultures. Our most recent white paper summarizing the results of this research uncovers:
- How organizations are redefining the competencies their leaders need to manage a more diverse, globally distributed workforce
- What qualities they are focusing on
- How leaders are asked to support diversity and inclusion goals and how success is measured

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The Aging Workforce: Four Steps to Maximize Older Workers in Your Organization

In this UNC Executive Development white paper, Kip Kelly wrote about the need for companies to understand and prepare for the business realities of the aging workforce. Despite the many advantages of older workers, many organizations undervalue this segment and remain in denial about the need to engage these workers. This UNC Executive Development white paper
- Examines the aging workforce and the implications for organizations;
- Explores the myths and realities surrounding older workers in the labor force;
- Provides examples of companies successfully maximizing older workers, and;
- Offers steps HR professionals can take to capitalize on older workers

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Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace

In Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace, UNC Executive Director, Kimberly Schaufenbuel:
- Explains what mindfulness is, and why it can improve employee health and productivity and a business’s bottom line;
- Explores how mindfulness can improve leadership skills;
- Reviews some of the studies that offer insight into the science behind mindfulness, and;
- Provides examples of organizations that have offered mindfulness programs and discusses how they have impacted their workplaces.

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Accelerating Diversity for a Better Bottom Line

In Accelerating Diversity for a Better Bottom Line, UNC Executive Director, Horace McCormick:
- Examines the impact that women and Hispanics have on today’s workplace and marketplace;
- Discusses why CEO involvement—not just endorsement—is key;
- Looks at how the unprecedented diversity of today's students is impacting the workplace and customer base;
- Considers several best practices for fostering workforce diversity, and;
- Highlights four organizations whose diversity initiatives are paying off.

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Solutions to Women's Advancement

Thomson Reuters partnered with Women of Influence to investigate what makes senior level women succeed.

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Maximizing Millennials in the Workplace

In this UNC Executive Development white paper Jessica Brack, Executive Development Program Director at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School identifies what Millennials expect and value in their work environment, examines the positive characteristics Millennials bring to organizations, addresses what HR and talent management professionals can do to attract, develop and retain Millennials, and shares real-world examples of how leading organizations are leveraging this generation’s strengths.

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PwC's NextGen: A Global Generational Study

This comprehensive and global generational study conducted by PwC, the University of Southern California and the London Business School looks into the aspirations, work styles and values of “Millennial”/”Generation Y” employees (those born between 1980 and 1995). The study, which included more than 40,000 responses from Millennials and non-Millennials alike, captures the various forces at play that are influencing the experience of Millennials.

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Research Busts Myths about the Gender Gap

This Harvard Business Review blog post shares the outputs of Catalyst research on high potential male and female employees.

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Women Get Fewer Game-Changing Leadership Roles

This Harvard Business Review Blog shares Catalyst research on high potential female talent access to big roles.

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Sponsoring Women to Success

While mentoring is essential for leadership development, it is insufficient for advancing to top levels. Recent research has pointed to a more influential and specific professional relationship: sponsorship. Catalyst's "Sponsoring Women to Success" report clarifies what sponsorship is—and isn’t. The report also presents data, practices, and participant insights that provide actionable advice on how to foster sponsorship within organizations.

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Pipeline's Broken Promise

The Catalyst report, "Pipeline’s Broken Promise," examines the conventional wisdom of the past two decades in which leaders have counted on parity in education, women’s accelerated movement into the labor force, and company-implemented diversity and inclusion programs to yield a robust talent pipeline where women are poised to make rapid gains to the top. Findings reveal that instead of women and men being on equal footing and their career trajectories gender-blind, inequality remains entrenched. Among high-potential graduates from elite MBA programs (Respondent Profile)—those companies count on for future leadership—women lagged men in advancement and compensation starting from their first job and were less satisfied with their careers. This report includes perspectives from CEOs and other senior leaders, who considered the findings a wake-up call and made recommendations for corrective action.

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Mentoring: Necessary but Insufficient for Advancement

The Catalyst report, "Mentoring: Necessary But Insufficient for Advancement," examines the impact of mentoring on the career advancement of high potentials. Findings reveal that having a mentor before starting a first post-MBA job results in greater compensation and a higher-level position—but the payoff is greater for men than for women. Mentors continue to impact careers over time, but men’s mentors are more senior, which results in more promotions and greater compensation.

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Millennial Women in the Workplace Success Index: Striving for Balance

Against a backdrop of economic volatility, the vast majority of young professional women believe they will have rewarding careers balanced with fulfilling personal lives, according to research released by Accenture.

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Next Generation Diversity: Developing Tomorrow's Global Leaders

PwC's "Next Generation Diversity: Developing tomorrow’s female leaders" report aims to provide some insight into the minds of female millennials and how to position your organisation and talent strategies towards the attraction, retention and development of this significant talent pool.

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McKinsey & Company - Women Matter Research

Since 2007, McKinsey's Women Matter research has explored the role women play in the global workplace, their experience and impact in senior-executive roles, and the performance benefits that companies gain from gender diversity. Read McKinsey's breakthrough series of Women Matter reports here.

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UNC Leadership Survey 2012: Women in Business

Read UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's Women in Business survey results.

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Retaining Women in the Workplace

This UNC Executive Development white paper explores why the percentage of women in the workplace is now at its lowest point since 1981. The white paper, Retaining Women in the Workplace, was written by Amy Wittmayer, Director of the MBA Career Management Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and it is designed to support HR and talent management professionals in retaining and developing women in the workplace. Specifically, this white paper:
- Outlines the trend of women leaving the workplace
- Examines whether women are being "pushed out" or are "opting out"
- Looks at the costs of leaving the workforce, to both women and their employers
- Offers actions employers can take to retain and develop women
- Shares the practices of organizations that are leading the way in retaining and developing women

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The New Business Imperative: Recruiting, Developing and Retaining Women in the Workplace

In this paper, Mindy Storrie, Director of Leadership Development at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, shares the findings from the UNC Leadership Survey 2012 on Women In Business. This white paper also:
- Explores the business imperative to foster women's roles in organizations
- Examines the gap in female representation in leadership positions
- Highlights the perception gaps between men and women in how effective
organizations are when it comes to recruiting, developing and retaining women
- Offers HR and talent management professionals effective steps they can take to recruit, develop and retain women in organizational leadership roles

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