Bangalore, February 1, 2018: Pink Ladder- India’s first comprehensive career enhancement ecosystem for women professionals released the findings of “Confidence Index of Women Professionals in India”. This one of its kind research was carried out across 200 women professionals and qualitative inputs from HR and Diversity leads from leading organizations. Women professionals from Bangalore, Mumbai & Delhi took part in this survey. These were women with over 10 years of work experience, working in 73 companies across industries like IT, Consulting, BFSI, Telecom and Media. Some of the key findings include:
- Overall 52% women professionals aspire to become CXOs whereas currently we have only 9.5% as CXOs in organizations
- 50% of women are unaware of skills, competencies, experience necessary to become CXOs
- Close to 60% of women didn’t have a clear strategy for their career trajectory
- Over 55% women feel their work speaks for itself & among those that do negotiate, 64% feel that they are perceived as too pushy
- Executive Presence: Close to 60% have moderate to low comfort levels in showcasing their achievements within the org. 43% have low to moderate comfort levels in showcasing their achievements externally. 45% have moderate to low comfort levels in their ability to dress for the role
- The top 5 factors holding women back are: Being overlooked for projects (74%), getting constantly interrupted (74%), inability to negotiate (64%), their work getting appropriated by others (71%) and a negative work-life balance (57%)
“What cannot be measured, cannot be improved! Understanding what is really holding women back is of utmost importance if organizations have to succeed in building a sustained pool of women leaders. Through this one of its kind study we aim to quantify the confidence levels of women professionals in India and what is holding them back from reaching the C-suite. We believe this will be a good starting point for D&I leaders in their journeys” said Karthik Nagendra – Co-Founder, Pink Ladder.
The report was released around a panel discussion titled “The Real Change: What gender diversity needs”. The panel discussion included high profile speakers such as Giridhar GV- Global Talent Leader, EY Global Shared Services, Vani Seshadri- VP, Global Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture, Kalpana Veeraraghavan- Diversity leaders, IMEA, IBM, Revathi Kant- Chief Design Officer, Titan & Jessie Paul- CEO, Paul Writers. The event was attended by HR, Diversity & L&D leaders from JC Penny, Lowes, Flipkart, Essilor among others.
Speaking at the event Giridhar GV, Global Talent Leader, EY Global Shared Services said, “As leaders, it is imperative that we commit to fully bridge the gender gap in the workplace and consciously build an eco-system within our organizations where women can thrive succeed and achieve their fullest potential.”
“We at Pink Ladder believe there is a need for a comprehensive career enhancement ecosystem for women professionals. This can be only achieved by working closely with organizations and individuals to formulate goals, identify challenges and develop strategies aimed at creating and sustaining a growing talent pool of women Leaders. We are planning many more such interesting research in the coming months” said Soujanya Viswanath, Co-Founder, Pink Ladder.
For additional information, please contact Karthik Nagendra on 9945276596.
About Pink Ladder:
360 DEGREE CAREER ENHANCEMENT ECOSYSTEM FOR WOMEN PROFESSIONALS
Pink Ladder is India’s first comprehensive career enhancement ecosystem for women professionals. We work closely with both organizations and individuals to formulate goals, identify challenges and develop strategies aimed at creating and sustaining a growing talent pool of women Leaders. Our holistic approach – from addressing organizational culture, policies, mindsets to working with each woman in enhancing her strengths and letting go of her limiting behavioral traits, thereby empowering her to be a better and more effective leader in her organization