Research and Best Practices

The following reports, papers and sources represent a selection of recent research into the factors that affect recruitment, retention and advancement of SETT women. In addition, there are resources that cover effective practices to increase the numbers, career success and leadership of women in these fields. See also Publications.

Women Rising: The Unseen Barriers

This 2013 Harvard Business Review article by Ibarra et al. examines the slow progress of women into leadership roles and proposes actions to support women’s access to leadership positions - educating women and men about second-generation gender bias, creating safe “identity workspaces” to support transitions to bigger roles, and anchoring women’s development efforts in a sense of leadership purpose.

Women in Leadership: Perceptions and Priorities for Change

This 2013 Conference Board of Canada document looks at how perceptions have and have not changed, and how organizations can best enable top female talent to reach senior management positions.

Pipeline's Broken Promise

This 2010 Catalyst report found that among recent MBA graduates, women lag men in advancement and compensation from their very first professional jobs and are less satisfied with their careers overall.