Atlanta Daily World: close the gender gap to improve your bottom line.

August 17, 2018 Audra Jenkins

With a long history of influential women, Atlanta was the perfect location for a discussion about gender diversity and female empowerment, writes Audra Jenkins, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Randstad US.

It was here that Chief D&I officers from across the U.S. recently came together to talk about equality for women in the workplace.

Reflecting on the event, Jenkins explains that a lack of women in the C-suite and the gender wage gap are challenges that women continue to face, with local challenges setting the stage for a more in-depth national discussion.

When it comes to identifying solutions, HR technology can play a critical role in closing the gap. Cloud-based platforms and AI-powered recruitment technologies are helping employers access more diverse talent pools, as an example. These innovations can also minimize unconscious bias during sourcing, screening and hiring. Jenkins highlights that HR technology is especially effective when combined with earnest efforts toward equal compensation, formal career pathing and a diverse pipeline to the C-suite.

Randstad research shows that the majority of talent leaders realize there is bottom-line value to having women in leadership roles. On average, companies with the most diverse executive boards make 53 percent higher returns on equity.

Read the full article to learn more about diversity and inclusion strategies. Then take a look at the next emerging challenge for women at work in Jenkin’s recent white paper on “Women and Automation.”


about the author

Audra Jenkins

As chief diversity and inclusion officer, Jenkins spearheads initiatives both within and outside of our organization. She not only advances diversity and inclusion among internal employees, she also partners with customers as they work to achieve their own diversity goals. Jenkins firmly believes that diversity and inclusion must be woven into every aspect of the talent life cycle to attract quality candidates, enhance employee engagement and drive performance. She brings more than 20 years of human resources, diversity and compliance experience, along with a passion for advocating on behalf of underserved populations. She is the executive sponsor for Randstad’s Hire Hope program, which provides career readiness training and job placement services to at-risk women, including survivors of exploitation and trafficking.

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