“Women hold up half the sky.”—Ancient Chinese Proverb
Chocolate Villa challenges female leaders to push the boundaries of their own aspirational thinking, and prepares women and companies for gender-integrated leadership. The weeklong experiential development process encourages both professional and personal growth, energizing you to forge new ways to build a career that is both sustainable and profitable.
Research has shown that companies with gender-diverse leadership achieve better results. A woman’s presence on a financial board, for example, has been shown to reduce the chance of financial reinstatements by close to 40% [Source: Accounting Horizons, December 2012]. Companies with inclusive cultures have 22% less employee turnover [Source: Gallup Workplace Study, 2003].
A 19-year study done on 215 Fortune 500 firms shows a strong correlation between promoting women in executive positions and overall company profitability. The study indicates that companies with the most gender-balanced leadership teams were 69% more profitable than the median firms in their industries. [Source: Harvard Business Review, 2001]
Chocolate Villa offers an incredibly personalized approach to female leadership development, and provides a support network of facilitators and fellow alumnae to help you find your “next.” Since it is a retreat-based program, you will have the time and space necessary to reflect on career and life goals.
Chocolate Villa is held in different locations around the world, and offers ample flexibility for global companies looking to develop leaders in nearby locations. Chocolate Villa has been hosted in the U.S., Canada, several Asian countries, and Europe, and our alumnae live and work around the world.