“The Women’s Edge supports systematic, sustained progress for women into leadership roles throughout the business community.”


Elizabeth Hailer, CEO

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“The Women’s Edge supports systematic, sustained progress for women into leadership roles throughout the business community.”

Elizabeth Hailer, CEO

Registration now open for Strategies for Success Program. Leaders from corporations and nonprofit organizations alike are encouraged to participate.



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“The Women’s Edge supports systematic, sustained progress for women into leadership roles throughout the business community.”

Elizabeth Hailer, CEO

We are reaching out to invite you to participate in critical statewide research on the state of women’s professional leadership and advancement:  The Commonwealth Institute’s (TCI) fourth annual Women’s Leadership Development in Massachusetts Impact Study.

As members of the Study’s Leadership Council, we can attest to the significant value of the three previous Study reports. Importantly, this year the research addresses the barriers and accelerators to create a more robust pipeline for ALL women as we emerge from the COVID-19 “shecession”.  With your participation, we will have even more confidential data for the 2021 study, ultimately supporting our collective goals around gender equity and advancement in our businesses.

The survey focuses on:

  • leadership pipeline metrics in your organization
  • resources allocated to leadership development programs for women
  • measurement of the success/effectiveness of development programs, specifically around retention and advancement

Without your participation, the picture is incomplete.

TCI has partnered with the nationally recognized firm Researchscape to conduct and analyze the data. All responses will remain confidential. Study participants will be able to access an individual, private 2021 benchmark report to see how they compare to other businesses by company size and industry segment, with strategies suggested for your organization. You can also use this individualized data to determine areas for improvement, and to internally and externally highlight areas in which your company is leading.

You can opt-in to participate at https://commonwealthinstitute.org/programs-events/research/.

Lizzie Dunklee, ldunklee@commonwealthinstitute.org is also available to answer any questions. 

If you request a copy of the final report, the only data that Researchscape will share with TCI is your email address.

The broad support from statewide business partners underscores the collective awareness that this information is critical to our business ecosystem.

To date our sponsors, include Liberty Mutual Insurance as the presenting sponsor. Accenture, American Tower, DentaQuest, Eastern Bank, PwC, Rapid7, and Zipcar are underwriting the study this year.

Joining TCI in supporting the effort to participate include the following survey partners: The Alliance for Business Leadership, Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Amplify Latinx, The Boston Globe, Boston Women’s Workforce Council, The Castle Group, Get Konnected!, The Gloria Larson Center for Women and Business at Bentley University, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Hollister Group, Keystone Partners, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, NAIOP Massachusetts, The New England Council, Retailers Association of Massachusetts, The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and YW Boston.

The deadline to participate is November 19, 2021.

We will release survey results in early 2022 at a TCI morning Town Hall conversation that all participating companies can attend.

Through this collaborative effort, we will create the baseline to measure the progress and identify the Massachusetts efforts that most effectively support women’s upward mobility and advance gender and racial equity. Your participation is an important facet of this project, and we hope you will join us.


Jay Ash, President & CEO, Massachusetts Competitive Partnership

Tricia Canavan, President, United Personnel

Elizabeth L. Hailer, Chief Executive Officer, The Commonwealth Institute

Joanne Hilferty, President & CEO, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and Chair, Associated Industries of Massachusetts

David Long, Chairman, President & CEO, Liberty Mutual

Eileen McAnneny, President, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation

Corey Thomas, Chairman & CEO, Rapid7

Pallavi Verma, Senior Managing Director, Accenture

Tracey Zhen, President, Zipcar