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Male Allies for Women Leaders: Why They Matter

A free white paper by Orange Grove Consulting

The World Economic Forum predicts that at the current rate, it will take women 118 years to achieve career progress equivalent to men.1 Only 14% of organizations have a female CEO, according to 2019 Brandon Hall Group research, and most organizations have less than 20% of C-Suite seats filled by women. Go deeper into organizational leadership to line leaders and managers and we find that across the board, across all industries, women lag far behind men. Brandon Hall Group and Orange Grove Consulting jointly examined this issue in a 2019 survey focused on male allyship. We defined allyship simply as men supporting women’s careers in the workplace. Male allies are critical components to women gaining traction in leadership, particularly at the higher levels.

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