Some interesting data on diversity in senior positions in this piece from Spencer Stuart.
One of the significant benefits that GatedTalent offers a recruiter is the reduced risk of conscious or unconscious bias in the early stages of the search - be it gender, racial or anything else.
When a recruiter views a profile on LinkedIn, he or she sees the name and the photo. There is a risk of unconscious bias.
When a recruiter searches our platform, the results are initially anonymous. No member name and no photo is seen, until after a connection request has been accepted. As a result, the potential candidates are considered based on the content of the profile rather than anything less relevant.
This, in the context of a platform with profiles of more than 60,000 executives from more than 100 countries, can only be a good thing.
Yet, we know that women get these opportunities less often than men. Women hold fewer than a quarter (24%) of senior roles globally, Grant Thornton research found. A review of female representation on executive committees of Fortune 100 companies found that women accounted for 22% of EC roles in the Americas, 15% in Europe and 4% in Asia. While there are more women in C-suite roles than in the past, many serve in functional leadership positions that typically do not lead to the CEO office.