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To put more women at the top, L&D can play mentorship matchmaker

November 26, 2019 / Riia O'Donnell

The gender gap at the top of corporate America is real; women make up 6.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs, and that's the highest that number has ever been. Despite gaining ground in higher education, women's "underrepresentation at senior ranks remains a stubborn reality," according to Ripa Rashid, managing director of Culture@Work, a division of Working Mother Media. Though many efforts will be needed to chip away at this "stubborn reality," one solution stands out: woman-to-woman mentorship. "I'm a big believer in mentorship for women by women, and female mentorship in the workplace is as important as ever," Amy Roy, chief people officer at Namely, told HR Dive in an email.