ILA Podcast

More Women on Boards: International Perspective On Taking Action

More Women on Boards with Marlene Janzen Le Ber and Lynne E. Devnew. Innovating Leadership Co-Creating Our Future With Maureen Metcalf

Guest Marlene Janzen Le Ber and Lynne E. Devnew


We judge female leaders differently than men; we’ll decry a woman exec displaying the exact same behavior as a male. The challenges keeping women from the C-suite and board room are systemic and complex – but the process really starts at the very beginning: how women aspire to and define leadership itself!

We’re making progress: women held just over 30% of Fortune 500 board seats in 2022. That’s up from just 22.2% in 2017. With women comprising roughly half of humanity, there’s still work to be done. Drawing on their book, More Women on Boards: An International Perspective, That’s what guests Marlene Janzen Le Ber and Lynne E. Devnew discuss with host Maureen Metcalf in this episode.

From differences in how men and women express anger to how to promote (or stay quiet about) their own successes, you’ll learn about the research of boosting the number of women in the boardroom – and boosting your own career!

Marlene Janzen Le Ber is Distinguished Chair, Centre for Women and Leadership, and Professor of Leadership Studies at Brescia University College.  Lynne E. Devnew is an Associate Faculty and Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Phoenix.

Host Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf

Maureen Metcalf, Founder and CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, is a highly sought-after expert in anticipating and leveraging future business trends to transform organizations. She has captured 30 years of experience in an award-winning series of books used by public, private, and academic organizations to align company-wide strategy, systems, and culture using Innovative Leadership techniques. 

Maureen shares her hard-won insights through public speaking, industry publications, interviews, and video presentations. She is a regular contributor to, host of the top international radio show, Innovating Leadership, Co-creating Our Future, and author of the award-winning Innovative Leadership book series. The series includes: Innovative Leadership FieldbookInnovative Leaders Guide to Transforming Organizations; Innovative Leadership Workbook for Global Leaders; and Innovative Leadership for Health Care, among others.

She is a Fellow of the International Leadership Association.

About Innovating Leadership: Co-Creating Our Future

The pace of change in the world is increasing exponentially. Leadership must evolve. And that gets to the heart of our mission: To bring you the latest thoughts on leadership so you can innovate, learn, and evolve…growing your team, your business, and yourself! This series features a new interview every week. Host Maureen Metcalf interviews world leaders, global business and NPO executives, thought leaders, and researchers in a wide range of industries. It’s a breadth of perspectives unavailable anywhere else. Become an innovative leader in your own right! 

Innovating Leadership is proud to partner with the International Leadership Association on a yearly series of episodes on global leadership with special ILA speakers, members, and guests. 

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