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Using Data and Analytics to Crack the Glass Ceiling for Females

Data can help you smash the glass ceiling for female leaders. Here’s how.

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Unleash Your People Female leadership is on the rise, and finally, cracking the glass ceiling is now within reach. This webcast will explain how you can leverage data to smash the glass ceiling.

  • The number of women replacing males in lower-level positions has increased by 25%, indicating potential upcoming cracks in the glass ceiling.
  • People analytics improved the female leadership ratio by 11.5%.
  • Data has the power to get leaders to step up and take accountability for gender diversity.

Positive change is happening and it is reassuring to see that more and more women are stepping into the C-suite and other upper management roles. However, the data shows that women are still less likely to succeed in these higher-level roles than their male peers. So why is this the case and how can people analytics level the playing field?

Despite the progress around gender diversity, conversations around the topic are still often uncomfortable. It is for this reason the boardroom often witnesses unwillingness from leaders to engage in them or even start them in the first place. This webcast discusses how data and analytics can overcome this challenging roadblock. Lydia Wu, Head of Talent Analytics, at Panasonic USA claims, “data enables us to drive the agenda forward because at the end of the day, while experiences may be a little bit debatable, it’s really hard to dispute data.”

The key learning for Experian in their people analytics journey is ensuring focus is on the right population, which Olly Britnell, its Global Head of People Strategy, Technology, and Analytics, refers to as the ‘pipeline population’. Instead of just focussing on the headline number of the female leadership ratio, Britnell says it’s important to probe the layers below that. Ultimately this is where the pipeline and opportunity exists.

The webcast then takes a deep dive into inclusion and how we should focus on action and contribution instead of measuring it on feelings. Are women able to make an impact on organizations?

Our experts discuss how people analytics can measure participation, employee patterns, and recognition data to see whether women are actually empowered to make a difference and succeed as leaders.

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Moderated by:

Lexy Martin, Principal, Research and Customer Value, Visier

Lexy is a respected thought leader and researcher on HR technology adoption and its value to organizations and workers alike. As head of research at Visier, the leading people analytics provider, she explores how organizations achieve value and enable adoption. She supports customers in their transformation to become data-driven organizations.


Lydia Wu, Head of Talent Analytics, Panasonic USA

Lydia is currently Head of Talent Analytics at Panasonic North America, where she has built the People Analytics practice from the ground-up. She is currently working to elevate Panasonic’s adoption and application of research and analytics on all talent related aspects.

Olly Britnell, Global Head of People Strategy, Technology and Analytics at Experian

Olly is a global leader for all People Technology and Analytics at Experian, the world’s leading global information services company. He additionally supports the Global HR Director on global people strategy development and delivery. His team supports all HR technology solutions and projects, alongside being focused on strategically aligned people measurement delivering insightful analytics to support all people decisions in Experian across the full employee life cycle.

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