The Paradigm for Parity® movement is a coalition of business leaders dedicated to addressing the corporate leadership gender gap. The coalition is made up of CEOs, senior executives, founders, board members, and business academics who are committed to achieving a new norm in the corporate world: one in which women and men have equal power, status, and opportunity. Our ultimate goal is to achieve full gender parity by 2030, with a near-term goal of women holding at least 30% of senior roles.
Powerful evidence links gender-balanced leadership with financial and stock market out performance. Simply put, companies with both women and men in senior leadership positions have superior financial results.
To accelerate the pace of gender equity in senior executive roles and on corporate boards, the coalition created the Paradigm for Parity® 5-Point Action Plan. Based on extensive research and best practices, this roadmap is the first set of specific actions that, when concurrently implemented, will catalyze change and enable companies to more effectively increase the number of women of all races, cultures and backgrounds in leadership positions.
This coalition of leaders has enrolled the CEOs and executive teams of major companies in a collective commitment to embrace and implement the Road Map in their organizations and create an inclusive culture. Paradigm for Parity® is differentiated by three factors: (1) commitment from the top, (2) a clear plan of action that drives impact, and (3) mutual accountability for measurable results.
Companies that have pledged to implement the Paradigm for Parity® 5-Point Action Plan are stepping forward to make real changes inside their companies to establish gender equality. To learn more about how your company can work towards gender parity, view our company resources below:
Managing Partner, Norton Rose Fullbright US LLP
Chairman, President & CEO, American Electric Power
President, Axia11G Consulting Group
Board Member, Nordstrom, Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.
Board Member, Bank of Montreal and Walgreens Boots Alliance; Former Managing Partner, EY
Chief Human Resources Officer, Senior Vice President, Cargill
Patricia (Tosh) Barron
Lead Director, Teleflex Corporation
Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
Board Member, Omnicell Inc. and Aurora Health Care; Retired President, Global Health Care, Kimberly-Clark
Board Member, Wet Seal; Former Chairman, CEO & President, Charming Shoppes, Inc.
Susan Willett Bird
TED Resident; Founder & CEO, Wf360, llc.
Sir Winfried Bischoff
Chairman, Financial Reporting Council UK
Professor, Marshall School of Business
University Southern California
Global Chair, Financial Industry Group; Managing Partner, EME, Reed Smith
Global Human Resources Executive, Bank of America
Board Member, MBIA, Inc., PNC Funds & PNC Advantage Funds; Former President, Evergreen Investments Services, Inc.
Dame Alison Carnwath
Chairman, Land Securities Group plc; Board Member, BASF SE, Zurich Insurance Group AG,
Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer,
New Amsterdam Partners, LLC
Managing Partner & CEO, Spencer Stuart
Chairman & CEO, Eastman Chemical Company
Retired Chief Financial Officer, Accenture;
Board Member, Akamai Technologies, Inc., Merck & Co., and Walmart Stores, Inc.
Senior Vice President, State Street Global Advisors
Chief Executive Officer, The Adecco Group
Chief Client Officer, Young & Rubicam Advertising; Formerly Board Member of PAETEC
Chair, Newmont Mining Corporation; Vice Chair, Credit Suisse Group
Chairman & CEO, DSC Logistics, Inc.
Board Member, Discover Financial Services,
FTD Companies, Inc., and Teleflex; Retired Managing Partner, KPMG
Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig
Cofounder & President, Take The Lead
Founder & CEO, Farient Advisors
Founder & CEO, Laurel & Wolf
Marsha Firestone, PH.D.
President & Founder, Women’s Presidents’ Organization
Principal, Deborah First Communications; Trustee, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Vice Chair, Handel + Haydn Society
Managing Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Founder & CEO, T3; Board Member, Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc.
President & CEO, Newmont Mining Corporation
President, Tier Tech International, Inc.; Board Member, Colombo Bank
President & CEO, AESC
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, The Clarett Group
Board Member, The Southern Company, Newmont, and American Water Works; Retired CEO & President, Polymer Group, Inc.
L. Noel Harwerth
Chairman, GE Capital Bank Europe; Board Member, Standard Life plc, Alent, The London Metal Exchange and Sirius Minerals
Chairman & CEO, United Technologies, Corp.
President, RHH Capital & Consulting Inc.; Board Member, Blyth Inc.
Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences, New York University of Medicine
Julie Fasone Holder
Board Member, Eastman Chemical Company and WR Grace; Former Senior Vice President, Dow Chemical; Founder & CEO, JFH Insights
Linda Parker Hudson
Founder, Chairman & CEO, The Cardea Group; Board Member, Bank of America, Southern Company, and Ingersoll Rand
Chairman, President & CEO, Principal
Founder & CEO, Plum Alley
Founder & Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide
Chairman and CEO, Ingersoll Rand
Linda Loch Lorimer
Director, Pearson; Retired Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives Yale University
President & CEO, Celebrity Cruises
Board Member, KeyCorp, Columbia Forest Products,American Capital Former President, Wilsonart
Founder & President, Mayfield Consulting, Ltd.
Founder & CEO, Nina McLemore, LLC
Dean, School of Management, Simmons College; Retired President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Founder & CEO, POW! Strategies; Senior Advisor, Former President & CEO, Paley Center for Media
President & CEO, Wells Fargo Asset Management
President & CEO, Campbell Soup Co; Board Member, MetLife, Inc.
Anne M. Mulchahy
Former Chairperson & CEO, Fuji Xerox; Board Member, Citigroup, Fuji Xerox and Target Corporatin
Chairman & CEO, Accenture plc
Founding Director, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Board Member, Newmont Mining Corporation, The Abraaj Group and, FSG
Co-Founder, Scripps Networks Interactive; Former
Chief Operating Officer, HGTV
Former Co-Chairman & Owner, Thomas Cook Travel, USA; Founding Board Member, TripAdvisor
Sharon Lee Patrick
President, Patrick Partners; Co-Founder, Former President & CEO, Martha Stewart Omnimedia
Board Member, Women for Women International; Retired Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
EVP & CEO, Global Animal Health, Medical, and Surgery Group, Henry Schein
President & CEO, Heidrick & Struggles
Dr. Sheila A. Robinson
Publisher & CEO, Diversity Woman Magazine
President, The Adecco Group US Foundation
Chairman & CEO, WebTuner Corp.; Board Member, Prudential plc
Board Member, Delta Dental of Virginia; Retired CEO, Getworth Financial - Retirement and Protection
Board Member, Frontier Communications; Former Partner & Owner, Vantage Partners
Founder & Leader, The Signature Program; Former Managing Director, G100
Founder, C2Group LLC; Former CEO, Kellwood Company
Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer, Accenture PLC
Vice President for Research Operations, Columbia University
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Eastman Chemical Company
Board Member, NeoGenomics, Inc.; Retired Executive Vice President, Human Resources and
Corporate Affairs, AstraZeneca plc
CEO, President, Mind Money Media Inc.
Board Member, Bunzl plc, Signet Jewelers Ltd.,
Vince Holding Corp.; Former President, Burberry Americas, Burberry Group plc
Meryl Lynn Unger
Partner, Katsky Korins LLP
Executive Chairman, Frontier Communications; Board Member, Dreamworks, Costco Wholesale, Juno Therapeutics, Chobani
Kathryn B. Williams, PhD
Co-Founder, KRW International; Board Member, Citigroup, Fuji Xerox and Target Corporation
Board Member, Automatic Data Processing, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.; Former Partner and Chief Administrative Officer, Aquiline Holdings LLC
President, Asia, Stanley Black & Decker; Board Member, Modine Manufacturing Company
President & CEO, The Economic Club of Chicago; Board Member, Cigna Corporation, CDW, and The Duchossois Group
Managing Director, Corporate Advisory, Evercore Partners