For some 20 years, companies have been running women’s
leadership development programs a lot like sensitivity seminars, to
develop awareness in both women and men that business women are, well,
"different” and to help women understand how best to integrate into the
existing business culture.
The good news is that these efforts, combined with education and
encouragement, have helped put women on 15% of the boards of the Fortune
500. More good news is that studies show that companies with about 30%
gender diversity on their boards actually outperform those with no women
by a wide margin measured through multiple metrics (e.g., an 84% return on sales).