PDG - Repairing the ‘Broken Rung’: Identifying the Next Generation of Leaders
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Approved for 1.25 SHRM and 1.25 HRCI General Credit. There will not be a meal service, feel free to bring your own.

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: TBD
Denver, Colorado 
United States

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Repairing the ‘Broken Rung’: Identifying the Next Generation of Leaders


Session Description

Women and minorities still face many barriers in attaining leadership roles.  Repairing the Broken Rung is the latest comprehensive study of fairness in how organizations identify and prepare the next generation of leaders.  This report stems from a partnership between Pinsight, a leadership assessment and development firm, and researchers from Purdue University and George Mason University.  We collected data from 129 organizations that together employ over half a million people and span most industries.  We studied how these organizations identify high-potential employees (employees who show potential for a leadership role) and select successors for executive positions with a particular focus on diversity.  We also studied 328 managers (most held mid-level and senior management jobs) to understand their unconscious biases when deciding who shows potential for leadership.  You may or may not be surprised that, in most organizations, men are 3x more likely to be identified as high-potentials than their equally capable women colleagues, and we found unintentional discrimination in succession planning in 2/3 of the companies.  Learn about the findings and let us arm you with good information as someone who can pioneer a change in how talent decisions are made. Learning Objectives: 1) Learn how most organizations today identify the next generation of leaders 2) Explore unconscious bias in perceptions of who has potential for leadership 3) Understand the risk of unintentional discrimination in high-potential selection and succession planning. 


Martin Lanik

Martin Lanik is author of the international bestseller The Leader Habit and CEO of Pinsight, a leadership assessment and development firm.  Pinsight’s mission is to bring fairness to leader selection, development, and succession through unbiased people insights and highly personalized leadership development solutions.  More than 100 companies - including AIG and CenturyLink – have implemented their programs, which have been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Chief Executive, Chief Learning Officer, and Investor’s Business Daily. Martin holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Colorado State University.  Learn more at www.pinsight.com


Approved for 1.25 SHRM and 1.25 HRCI General Credit.

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