Using the Strength of Women to Rebuild the World Economy
"The current financial crisis presents a real need to challenge ourselves and to rethink the way we do things. We need to draw on the widest range of talent. The vast economic potential of women as an economic force has yet to be realized." Those are the opening words of a cutting edge White Paper on why women are the high-powered octane that will help turbo-charge our global economy back into gear.
Groundbreakers: Using the Strength of Women to Rebuild the World Economy is the title of a fascinating report that was released -- and caused a lot of buzz -- at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos. Ernst & Young, one of the largest professional service firms in the world and one of the Big Four auditors, developed the report under the leadership of Beth Brooke, E&Y's Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement. Brooke, who is pictured here, has been named to Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Women multiple times. I've had the pleasure of hearing Brooke speak at a Global Conference of the International Women's Forum.
For the past two years, I've had my finger in the "clay" on the latest research and trends on women's momentum, as I've been working on a book on women's leadership. I can tell you that Groundbreakers is the most comprehensive and insightful report I've seen on the topic of women's economic progress and potential. Its perspective is global. Its facts are fresh. The story it tells on the undeniable evidence in favor of women's empowerment -- at all levels in every sector of society -- is one that every leader and thinker interested in how we learn from our present economic crisis should read.
Here's the link to Ernst & Young's Groundbreakers view on where we are and where we could be once women are fully engaged. http://www.ey.com/global/content.nsf/International/About_EY