Seeking gender equality in leadership, RGP joins Paradigm for Parity

03 September 2018

Global management consultancy RGP has joined the Paradigm for Parity coalition, which enlists business executives to enact full gender parity in member organizations’ leadership by 2030.

Paradigm for Parity is a coalition made up of business leaders (CEOS, execs, board members, etc.) that seeks to bring gender parity to senior executive roles by 2030, with a near-term goal of 30% women in senior roles. Member firms implement a roadmap with specific actions that will help them more effectively increase the number of women in leadership positions. Professional services firms that have committed to the Paradigm for Parity movement include Willis Towers Watson, McKinsey & Company, Kantar, EY, and Accenture.

Global management consultancy RGP is the most recent professional services firm to join the gender parity coalition. Based out of Irvine, California and founded in 1996 by a team from Deloitte led by senior partner Donald Murray. The company became independent in 1999 through a management buyout, and went public in 2000. Today the company has over 3,000 employees across over 60 offices worldwide providing advisory services across a number of areas – including finance, change management, IT, legal risk and compliance, transactions, and supply chain.

Seeking gender equality in leadership, RGP joins Paradigm for Parity

RGP’s joining of the parity coalition is a solidification of its previous efforts and core values, which centrally include having an inclusive workplace. 52% of leadership roles for vice president and above are held by women at RGP, while 66% of those in regional vice president/senior vice president roles are women. Women on the consultancy’s executive leadership team include Kate Duchene (CEO and president), Kerry Barrett (executive vice president, head of integration), Tanja Cebula (executive VP, talent), and Tracey Figurelli (executive VP, integrated solutions).

“The cause of gender parity is in our DNA as a company. Our founder was determined to create greater opportunity for women in professional services as they struggled to balance career aspirations with the demands of family life,” said CEO Kate Duchene. “Today, RGP continues to be a place where women and working mothers enjoy boundless opportunity – supported by a nearly gender equal Board of Directors! It therefore felt very natural for us to join Paradigm for Parity® and sign the pledge, as this is the core of who we are as a firm.”

As part of Paradigm for Parity, RGP will implement the movement’s 5-point action plan to continue making progress toward gender equality in leadership. The action plan includes: eliminating or minimizing unconscious bias in the workplace; significantly increasing the number of women in senior operating roles, with a goal of full gender parity; setting measurable goals and holding the entire senior team accountable to gain meaningful progress; basing career progress on business results and performance, rather than physical presence in the office; and providing sponsors, not just mentors, to women well-positioned for long term success.



Numerous consulting firms receive top marks for corporate equality

04 April 2019

A large number of consulting firms received perfect 100-point scores in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index, which measures the best workplaces for LGBTQ equality.

The Corporate Equality Index (CEI) is a benchmarking survey that evaluates LGBTQ corporate policies and practices including non-discrimination protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Launched in 2002, the benchmarking report has grown from 319 to 1028 participating companies (with 500 or more employees).

Participating firms fill out the CEI survey, with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation investigating and cross-checking policies and practices and deducting points if case law or news accounts uncover discrimination at a firm. The HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working for LGBTQ equality.

Companies are scored across the categories of workforce protection (30 points), inclusive benefits (30 points), and supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility (40 points), with 10 points for internal training and education best practices, 10 points for an LGBTQ employee group or diversity council, 15 points for three distinct efforts of outreach or engagement with the LGBTQ community, and 5 points for supplier non-discrimination standards and philanthropic giving guidelines.

Numerous consulting firms receive top marks for corporate equality

Among the companies that achieved a 100-point score were a plethora of consultancies, including A.T. Kearney, Accenture, AlixPartners, Aon, Bain & Company, Booz Allen Hamilton, Boston Consulting Group, Capgemini America, CBRE, Deloitte, EY, Korn Ferry, KPMG, Marsh & McLennan Companies, McKinsey & Company, Navigant Consulting, PwC, Publicis Sapient, Robert Half, RSM US, Willis Towers Watson, and ZS.

We are delighted once again to be recognized as a best place to work for LGBTQ+ equality. This designation represents our commitment to our people, enables us to continue to attract the best talent, and in turn makes us a better partner for our clients," Simon Freakley, AlixPartners CEO, said. 

Bain & Company earned a perfect score for the 13th year in a row. "Diversity is key to our mission of building extraordinary teams that deliver unparalleled results for our firm and our clients, and we remain committed to attracting and developing a team that both represents and fully embraces this diversity," Russ Hagey, the firm's chief talent officer, said.

Bain has rapidly expanded its LGBTQ alliance network BGLAD, with global membership growing by more than 36% last year.

“We are strong advocates for the LGBTQ community and we’re happy our policies and benefits package reflect the needs of our diverse firm," Brian Bloom, vice president of Korn Ferry's global benefits, said

Consulting firm ZS participated in the CEI survey for the first time, also earning a 100-point score. The firm attributed its strong showing, in part, to its Pride@ZS network which promotes diversity and inclusion though education, social events, and community outreach.

"What I'm most proud of is that this award reflects the way we've been doing business and treating people for years," Natalie Hanson, ZS principal and Pride@ZS leader, said. "Achieving 100% did not require us to make any substantive changes to our policies or practices."

Once a homogeneous “old boys club,” management consultancies have been hard at work in recent years to become more diverse and inclusive organizations. Outside of any moral or regulatory imperative, diversity initiatives allow the firms to attract and retain the widest and best pool of talent, while reaping the productivity and effectiveness bonuses that diverse teams bring to the corporate table.

"The top-scoring companies on this year's CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores," Chad Griffin, HRC president, said. "Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn't just the right thing to do – it's also good for business."