Chocolate Villa was initially designed to bring together women from different backgrounds and organizations, but we have found tremendous effectiveness with company-specific Villas as well. These Villas tend to vary more in size and location, but the fundamental premises and objectives are the same. Our team of expert facilitators is able to customize any company Chocolate Villa to meet the specific goals, hurdles, and needs of your team.
The Case for Gender-Diverse Leadership
Research has shown that companies with gender-diverse leadership achieve better results:
- “Organizations with inclusive cultures do better on several scores that those that aren’t inclusive, [showing] 39% higher customer satisfaction, 22% greater productivity, and 27% higher profitability” [Source: American Diversity Report, 2012]
- Female presence on a company board reduces the chance of financial reinstatement by nearly 40% [Source: Accounting Horizons, December 2012]
- Companies with inclusive cultures have 22% less employee turnover [Source: Gallup Workplace Study, 2003]
- Fortune 500 companies with three or more women in board positions created a competitive advantage over companies with no women on their boards in the following three areas:
- Return on sales: 84% advantage
- Return on invested capital: 60% advantage
- Return on equity: 46% advantage [Source: Catalyst Study, 2011]
- A gender-balanced company can have up to 69% higher overall profitability [Source: Harvard Business Review, 2001]
Companies that promote gender balance have an easier time recruiting talent from today’s diverse hiring pool, bringing fresh perspectives and creative solutions to business problems. In addition, programs designed with gender diversity in mind benefit everyone in the organization: men also value flexible work environments and more control over the arc of their career. Steps taken to make a culture better for women make it better for everyone.
Our executive retreats are multi-day, intense learning, development or strategy sessions for teams. Getting out of the office or boardroom can be an effective means of developing individual leadership skills; working on executive team communication and conflict resolution; and/or developing “Rules of Engagement” to foster innovation and cross-functional collaboration. Participants of our executive retreats come back to work armed with new emotional intelligence and communication tools, in addition to a newfound confidence and passion to drive business results