Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds
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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m S u m m e r 2 0 1 6 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 11 THINKSTOCKPHOTOS Etc. Upfront > When Women Thrive A comprehensive new assess- ment of women in the global workforce from Mercer, the international human resources consult- ing frm, has identifed a "glaring and persistent gap in female workforce par- ticipation." Although eforts at gender equality are under way in every region of the world, they are falling far short of what's needed. "Underrepresentation of women around the world has become an eco- nomic and social travesty," said Pat Milligan, Mercer's global leader of When Women Trive. "While leaders have been focus- ing on women at the top, they're largely ignoring the female talent pipelines so critical to maintaining progress." For the 2016 When Women Trive Global Report, Mercer consulted nearly 600 organizations in 42 countries, repre- senting 3.2 million employees. Here are some of the key fndings: Globally, women make up 33 percent of managers, 26 percent of senior man- agers, and only 20 percent of executives. Although women are making some gains at the top—being hired into executive positions 1.5 times as often as men—they leave those positions 1.3 times more often than men, undermin- ing their progress. If companies don't get better at hiring, promoting, and retain- ing women, by 2025 women will hold just 40 percent of professional and managerial positions. Te report's authors say CEOs and diversity leaders must create programs that bring diverse talent into the employment pipe- line, while also building company cultures that promote inclusion. An executive summary is available at mercer.com/our- thinking/when-women-thrive.html. Dreaming of a summer get- away? These destinations each offer something special this year. Washington, DC: The nation's capital is experiencing a renaissance of new restau- rants, clubs, and boutiques. Its museums and monuments—many of them free— are packed with cultural and historical attractions. You'll also fnd a vibrant music district in the U Street Corridor. Las Vegas: This desert metropolis is justly famous for its nightlife, and this year, both Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie will be in residence at The AXIS at Planet Holly- wood. Sin City is also a great place to treat yourself to spa treatments and gourmet meals. If you tire of the bright lights and glitz, you can explore the serene land- scapes of nearby Red Rock Canyon. Alaska: Summer in Alaska is short but glorious, and one of the best ways to expe- rience it is on a cruise. The most popular route takes you along the Inside Passage from Seattle or Vancouver. Relax with a glass of wine while you glide past glaciers and take in the views. San Diego and Los Angeles: This year, the world-renowned San Diego Zoo celebrates its 100th anniversary with special events and exhibits. Up the road in Hollywood, the much- anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter—featuring 3D technology— opens at Universal Studios. This part Summer Travel DW Hot List of Southern California boasts beaches, mountains, restaurants, and more. Detroit: The Motor City is making a come- back as a family travel destination. This year, the world's largest penguin facility, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, debuts at the Detroit Zoo. A new Legoland just opened in nearby Auburn Hills, and an expansion is under way at the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium. Don't miss Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Hawaii: As part of the National Park Ser- vice's 100th anniversary, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park offers special After Dark in the Park programs and Centennial Hikes—your chance to get an up-close look at what's been called the world's only drive-in volcano. Elsewhere on the island of Hawaii—and the 50th state's other islands—you can experience the beaches, lush landscapes, and tropical breezes that make this western paradise a perennial attraction. Philadelphia: The Democratic National Convention will put this city in the spot- light in late July, but that's just one reason to pay a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, recently named the frst UNESCO World Heritage City in the United States. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will host international art exhibitions, and the new One Liberty Observation Deck lets you take in city views from 57 stories up. Visit discoverphl.com to learn about LGBT and African American–themed itineraries.