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Barbara Krumsiek Asks “Why Aren’t We There Yet?”

10 November, 2016

There” is an adverb meaning “in, at, or to that place or position.” But, during Barbara Krumsiek’s recent discussion “Why Aren’t We There Yet?” the word took on brand new meaning.

For Krumsiek, former president and CEO of Calvert Investments and a leader in sustainable investing, “there” meant full equality and gender balance in corporations, particularly on corporate boards. Her talk, adapted from her 2013 TedX talk and sponsored by Women at CEB and the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative (WWLI), focused on several drivers of change for increasing women’s representation at top levels. Those drivers, including public policy and personal development, are catalysts for increasing the number of women at top executive levels.

“Get into the boardroom at some point,” Krumsiek encouraged the audience. “And, if you can, find a place where there is already diverse representation.”

Krumsiek’s career spans 40 years, 20 of which included her tenure as the president and CEO of Calvert Investments. More recently, she joined the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute as a senior industry fellow, contributing her experience and knowledge to an interdisciplinary group of faculty, scholars, and industry experts. Krumsiek has served on the boards of numerous foundations and nonprofits, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital.

Barbara Krumsiek alongside members from Women at CEB and the Washington Women's Leadership Initiative

Barbara Krumsiek alongside members from Women at CEB and the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative

In addition to discussing how to bolster women’s representation in the c-suite and boardroom, Krumsiek offered career advice based on her experiences. Here are five ideas she shared:

Krumsiek’s discussion was the second time that Women at CEB and WWLI have teamed up to advance conversations about authentic leadership. The two groups co-sponsored a discussion with Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter earlier this year.

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