Guest: Dr. Carol Vallone Mitchell, Cofounder, Talent Strategy Partners; Author: Breaking Through “Bitch;” HuffPost writer; Researcher

Host: Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group

In this episode of HCMx Radio, we meet with Dr. Carol Vallone Mitchell, Cofounder of Talent Strategy Partners, Author of Breaking Through “Bitch”: How Women Can Shatter Stereotypes and Lead Fearlessly, and HuffPost writer.  Carol discusses the gender research she conducted over a span of 15 years that resulted in the development of the Women’s Leadership BlueprintÔ.  The research based assessment tool offers individuals the ability to identify and discover their leadership talents.  The assessment tool can be instrumental for organizations to help educate and bring awareness to the differences amongst male and female leadership strengths.  It’s about finding balance and bringing out distinct leadership traits that can offer greater insight into decision making and problem-solving.

Not only is having diverse leaders the right thing for businesses, but it is the smart thing to do. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy verified that teams of with gender parity could expect a revenue gain as much as 41%.

“Organizations can improve gender equality in the workplace by valuing women leaders[and], through promoting more women into leadership,” said Carol.“It is going to shift the culture of the organization by reinforcing that the new and diverse leadership skills are what matter.”

To listen to the Dr. Carol Vallone Mitchell interview, you can download the podcast anytime at the HCMx Radio site.

Rachel Cooke, Chief Operating Officer, Brandon Hall Group @RachelCCooke

Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer Rachel Cooke Rachel is responsible for business operations including overseeing client services, research events and project management. Prior to joining Brandon Hall Group, Rachel was the Chief Operating Officer Co-founder of AC Growth. Rachel has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development, and sales performance management. Prior to AC Growth, she held several senior management roles and was on the leadership team at Bersin & Associates, a pioneer analyst firm in e-learning and now industry leading HR and talent Research Company. In her Senior Director role, Rachel developed the strategy and led the commercial execution of the solution provider vertical, and grew the vertical into the company’s largest market segment. In her role as Director of Sales, Rachel developed and led a team of senior account executives focused on acquiring global strategic accounts. Rachel was solely responsible for developing key business relationships with over ninety companies including industry icons, such as: Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota, Oracle, Starbucks, Avnet, Boeing, Kaiser Permanente, Safeway Inc., Wells Fargo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Clorox and Affiliated Computer Services. Rachel began her career in the banking, media and hospitality industries. In these industries, Rachel held several key senior management and executive sales positions. Rachel received a BA in social science and interdisciplinary studies with honors from Florida Atlantic University. Rachel continued her postgraduate education by completing a series of executive management education courses from American Management Association.