ILA Podcast

More Women on Boards: International Perspective On Taking Action

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with Marlene Janzen Le Ber and Lynne E. Devnew

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The challenges of women and more diverse voices in leadership are systemic and complex. There are many variables that need to be considered in order to successfully accomplish our change goals. During this interview Lynne and Marlene share their research, published in More Women on Boards: An International Perspective. This is particularly important to validate or dispel our beliefs and stereotypes with solid research. According to Heidrick & Struggles, 22.2 percent of Fortune 500 board members were women in 2017. The authors talk about possible interventions to move this number higher including looking across the globe to see other successful practices and what can appropriately be borrowed from them. Finally, they discuss differences is how women can communicate to be more effective. This includes how they express anger, how they amplify the good ideas of others and how they promote or do not promote their own successes. This conversation is a must listen for all women!

About the Guest

Marlene Janzen Le Ber

Marlene Janzen Le Ber is Associate Professor and Chair, School of Leadership & Social Change at Canada’s only women’s university, Brescia University College and Adjunct Research Professor at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey School of Business, Western University. Her teaching is all leadership-related. A multiple research-grant holder in the complex processes of leadership, her current research is in leader character, leader identity development in women, and impact of art-based and narrative research on policy and social change. Prior to her doctoral studies, Marlene was a health care executive within academic health sciences centers, known as a strategic leader who spearheaded numerous health system innovations. Marlene has a PhD in Strategy from Ivey Business School, MScN (Admin) and BScN from Western University.

Lynne E. Devnew

Lynne E. Devnew is on the associate faculty for the doctoral program, is a distinguished research fellow, and chairs the Women and Leadership Research Group at the University of Phoenix in the United States. A former senior middle manager at IBM, she has a DBA in strategy from the Questrom School, Boston University, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Master Degree Program for Executives in New York City and Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts, all in the United States. Dr. Devnew’s research work and publications are focused on women’s leadership aspirations and leader identity development. She serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf brings 30 years of experience and success in the fields of leadership, innovation, and technology. A regular contributor to, Metcalf has authored an award-winning book series on leadership and is the Founder & CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute. She is the host of an Innovating Leadership, a weekly international podcast that hit the airways in July 2015. As an ILA Fellow, Maureen partners with the International Leadership Associate on a series of global leadership podcasts within the show.