Companies are embracing unconscious bias training as they work towards cultivating a diverse and inclusive culture. But not all training is effective. Studies have shown that when training makes people defensive, they avoid individuals different from themselves because they fear they will be labelled biased, making the situation worse. Our training approach is to explore how everyone has biases in a nonjudgmental manner. We help participants understand the most common types of biases and how they show up in the work place. We work with participant to recognize their own blind spots and outline strategies to respond to when they witness bias in own and others’ behaviors or personally experience the consequence of bias. We explore avenues that companies can take to create healthy business norms and talent management practices that reduce the impact of unconscious bias.
WILLO has presented this topic in multiple formats ranging from a short presentation to a group of high-level executives to a three-hour, interactive workshop for an international company. We can scope this topic to fit your organization’s needs.
Study after study supports that having strong representation of women in leadership within a company leads to improved performance. Yet companies are stymied about how to support the advancement and retention of women leaders. Frequently they establish a networking group for women and then are puzzled why that does not change the outcome. This course will outline the more common challenges that women face and how companies can take practical steps to change the culture leading to improved diversity in the leadership pipeline. Nancy Droesch, Co-Founder of WILLO, presented a one-hour webinar: Initiatives for Women in Leadership: What Makes Them Successful? on March 21, 2019 through the CPAacademy. A recording of this session is available to view at no cost.
The Journal of Accountancy interviewed Nancy Droesch on how companies can make their initiatives for the retention, development and advancement of women more successful. Check out the full podcast interview at: How to Make Initiatives Women More Successful.
Presentation to CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) – Creating Your Personal Brand to Promote Your Best Self-
On January 9, 2018, WILLO Co-Founder, Nancy Droesch, presented to more than 100 CREW-St. Louis members and guests at their lunch meeting on ways to create and enhance your unique brand through consistently and deliberately living your brand through your presence, behaviors, communications and management style.
By Nancy Droesch and Karen Miller, Co-Founders of WILLO LLC
August 23, 2017
In December 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported that “More than two dozen chief executives of companies, including Bank of America Corp., LinkedIn Corp. and Newmont Mining Corp., have signed a pledge to speed women’s progress up the corporate ladder.” Credit Suisse Research Institute released comprehensive research in 2016 that reaffirmed that gender diversity in leadership was linked to higher corporate profitability. Many companies have recognized the need to address the challenges of gender diversity in their own leadership teams and have established formal or informal “women’s initiatives”. Yet, the impact of many of these initiatives has not produced the desired results. Women are still underrepresented in leadership roles and progress to change this dynamic has been slow. We have identified the key factors to establishing a successful initiative to retain, develop and advance women leaders.