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

May 15, 2018 Audra Jenkins

Chief diversity officers from across the U.S. recently converged in Atlanta for a meeting of the minds. Their focus was on closing the gender gap and promoting women in the workplace, with topics ranging from wage inequality to the lack of female leaders in the C-suite.

In her article in the Atlanta Tribune, Randstad US chief diversity & inclusion officer, Audra Jenkins shares highlights from the event. Jenkins also calls attention to the growing belief among employers that having more women in leadership roles is critical to organizational success:

“New research indicates that having women in corporate leadership improves a company’s performance and likely increases gross earnings. On average, companies with the most diverse executive boards make 53 percent higher returns on equity. And when top companies have women at the helm, they are found to generate up to three times the returns ... ”

While this is encouraging news for women in the workplace, what’s also interesting is the way that companies can achieve their gender equality goals through the use of HR technology. Jenkins explains that artificial intelligence can reduce unconscious bias in hiring and promotion, while cloud-based platforms expand talent pools to find more diverse candidates. According to the Talent Trends research, more than three-quarters of global talent leaders say their companies plan to invest in these kinds of HR technologies in 2018.

Read Audra’s article in the Atlanta Tribune, then learn more about how diversity and inclusion strategies are helping companies drive better business outcomes.

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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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