Breakout Session

Introducer: Women in the Workplace: Addressing Cracks in the Women’s Leadership Pipeline and Fixing the Broken Rung

There are always winners and losers in the war for talent, and the stakes are higher than ever for companies that want to achieve gender equality.

Women are demanding more from work, and they’re leaving their companies in unprecedented numbers to get it. Women leaders are switching jobs at the highest rate we’ve ever seen—and at a higher rate than men in leadership. This could have serious implications for companies. Women are already significantly underrepresented in leadership. For years, fewer women have risen through the ranks because of the “broken rung” at the first step up to manager. Now, companies are struggling to hold on to the relatively few women leaders they have. And all of these dynamics are even more pronounced for women of color.

Join us as we dig into the data from the 2022 Women in the Workplace report, the largest study on the state of women in corporate America. This joint research effort between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company aims to give companies insights and tools to advance gender diversity in the workplace.


Nicole is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s San Francisco Office and a leader of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work within the firm’s Banking Practice. She serves leading financial institutions by helping them to increase resilience through organizational and risk transformations, particularly related to the intersection of diversity, equity, and inclusion, talent strategy, and operational risk.