“What makes me even more enthusiastic about the future, is that 90% of that time [in the past] we were only using half of our talent. Think about what would happen if we used all the talent for 100% of the time.”

-Warren Buffett

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OUR WHY

Our purpose is to evolve workplace dynamics to best engage the talent required to create superior, sustainable and ethical returns.

In-powered teams optimally raise all boats. We in-power equity.

We believe the power of "balanced" inclusion increases Enterprise Value. 

We believe women can significantly impact top and bottom lines, while reducing risks, discount rates and cost of capital. 

We believe gender parity is the key to growth.

We believe companies, and investors, that get it, will win.


Our What

We are a leading provider (B-corp pending) of inclusion-based strategic solutions.

We deliver significant, sustainable and human value to organizations by doing four things very well:

1. We enlist and engage leaders throughout the organization by presenting a scientific and data-driven case for gender parity

2. We boost profits and mitigate risks with our Helix products

3. We create and facilitate workshops, seminars and programs that directly broach the complexities of inclusion. We currently have 14 from which to choose. 

4. We provide high-impact executive advisory assistance


Our How

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Our How draws on data, experience, and gender.

Data: From industry to primary research, our deliverables leverage both the rapidly expanding body of knowledge around the causes of, and solutions to, inclusion-based topics, and the human elements that are critical to establishing the specific context required for optimal impact.

Experience: We draw on a unique mix of backgrounds that include strategy, turnaround, and engagement consulting, investment banking, software, human resources, diversity & inclusion, executive recruiting and coaching, and workshop formulation and delivery. 

Gender: Per our travels, it is considerably easier getting men to buy in if the case is made by another man, preferably with a similar background and who can speak male business dialect. While our facilitators and delivery staff come from all backgrounds, our Founder and Chief Delivery Officer are both men with strong leadership, management and educational experiences.

 

Our assessment and due diligence offerings draw on a proprietary data collection process, The Helix, whose outputs are prioritized by financial impact on the firm, based on industry research and our own experience. There are five versions:

The Double HelixOur most comprehensive offering, spanning 11 categories. Molded for mature or portfolio companies who want to establish a baseline and leverage best practices to boost their valuation

The Single Helix: Built specifically for the needs of transactional due diligence, it focuses on three key categories: Mitigating inclusion-related Controversy Risks, Leadership/Key Management (individual, organizational, and inclusive competencies), and analysis of the Human Capital Pipeline. It is focused on improving IRR, while helping to satiate LP's ESG demands

The Growth Helix: A scaled-down version of the Double, configured for the specific needs, scale, and budgets of start-ups and rapidly growing firms, including PE portfolio companies depending on their level of maturity

The GP HelixDraws on distinct aspects of the Helix to assess relative gender parity. Designed to build and augment relations with LPs.

The Asset Manager Helix: Focuses the process on top-of-mind inclusion-related elements. Conceived to support the attraction and retention on HNW, Families, and Institutional clients.

All Helix offerings include in-person interviews with key leadership and management, targeted surveys of particular demographics, and a half-day of upfront presentation/workshops for leadership/general partners.  

Helix criteria have been vetted by our League of Experts: Chief Investment Officers and research analysts from leading institutional investors, the former CHRO of a Fortune 500 retailer, with contributions from Dr. Dave Ulrich, the leading HR professor in the States, and the Sustainable Accounting Standard Board (SASB).

All Helix products make our clients eligible to receive a League of Allies Seal of Approval of various metallic colors depending on your score. A Seal essentially means “this company gets it!” and can be extremely useful in four specific use cases:

1.     Talent Acquisition: Applicants of all backgrounds will know this company is committed to parity

2.     Brand: If your product or service is being marketed to women/diverse communities, having the seal on your packaging/collateral is a powerful differentiator

3.     Contracts: Certain contracts require specific data and processes to be in place. Earning a seal will guarantee you pass these criteria.

4.     Investors: The seal conveys, "This firm is a low-risk play."


US

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

We are a Benefit Corporation (B Corp Pending) on a mission. 

Andrea Dalton, Advisory Board & League of Experts Member After two-plus decades of stock picking and managing domestic equity portfolios at traditional investment firms, Andrea has grown increasingly focused on the potential benefits of better integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the valuation and investment process. Andrea’s other extracurricular activities include serving as Advocacy Chair on the CFA Society Stamford board and as a member of NYSSA’s Sustainable Investing Thought Leadership Group. Andrea earned a Master of International Affairs and an MBA from Columbia, a BA from Vassar College, and loves to speak Chinese whenever the opportunity arises.  

Andrea Dalton, Advisory Board & League of Experts Member

After two-plus decades of stock picking and managing domestic equity portfolios at traditional investment firms, Andrea has grown increasingly focused on the potential benefits of better integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into the valuation and investment process. Andrea’s other extracurricular activities include serving as Advocacy Chair on the CFA Society Stamford board and as a member of NYSSA’s Sustainable Investing Thought Leadership Group. Andrea earned a Master of International Affairs and an MBA from Columbia, a BA from Vassar College, and loves to speak Chinese whenever the opportunity arises.

 

Dr. Annette Lavoie, Advisory Board Member Annette is a serial entrepreneur.  She has raised money and developed medical devices in women’s health, and has mentored dozens of early stage companies on fund raising and commercialization strategy. These experiences immersed Annette in the fascinating study of gender in leadership.  Currently, Annette is leveraging her experience with growing companies in her latest venture – Mindset of Accountability assessment and training for transitioning growth companies (www.Coachability.Co). Annette has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Utah School of Medicine and is based in the mountains of Park City, Utah. 

Dr. Annette Lavoie, Advisory Board Member

Annette is a serial entrepreneur.  She has raised money and developed medical devices in women’s health, and has mentored dozens of early stage companies on fund raising and commercialization strategy. These experiences immersed Annette in the fascinating study of gender in leadership.  Currently, Annette is leveraging her experience with growing companies in her latest venture – Mindset of Accountability assessment and training for transitioning growth companies (www.Coachability.Co). Annette has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Utah School of Medicine and is based in the mountains of Park City, Utah. 

Dr. Bruce Margolis, Advisory Board & League of Experts Member Bruce spent the majority of his career at TJMaxx and TJX, rising to the position of EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer. He oversaw HR during the tremendous growth of this innovative retailer, whose workforce is predominantly female. Of note, he initiated the TJX  Corporate Diversity Committee and served as its Chair for 10 years. Bruce earned a PhD and MA from Case Western Reserve and a BS from City University of New York, Brooklyn. He loves to travel places where he doesn't speak the language. 

Dr. Bruce Margolis, Advisory Board & League of Experts Member

Bruce spent the majority of his career at TJMaxx and TJX, rising to the position of EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer. He oversaw HR during the tremendous growth of this innovative retailer, whose workforce is predominantly female. Of note, he initiated the TJX  Corporate Diversity Committee and served as its Chair for 10 years. Bruce earned a PhD and MA from Case Western Reserve and a BS from City University of New York, Brooklyn. He loves to travel places where he doesn't speak the language. 

Jennifer Gilhool, Partner Jennifer most recently published her first book, Sheryl Sandberg, China and Me, about her experiences as a female executive with a Fortune 50 company, working in Shanghai with her family.  Jennifer served as the first director for Sustainability, Environmental and Safety Engineering for Ford Motor Company in Asia Pacific & Africa. She currently consults on diversity and inclusion matters with the Gender Economics Lab and League of Allies. She is also an experienced attorney with over 20 years of multi-cultural experience. She has degrees from The University of Michigan Law School and Notre Dame

Jennifer Gilhool, Partner

Jennifer most recently published her first book, Sheryl Sandberg, China and Me, about her experiences as a female executive with a Fortune 50 company, working in Shanghai with her family.  Jennifer served as the first director for Sustainability, Environmental and Safety Engineering for Ford Motor Company in Asia Pacific & Africa. She currently consults on diversity and inclusion matters with the Gender Economics Lab and League of Allies. She is also an experienced attorney with over 20 years of multi-cultural experience. She has degrees from The University of Michigan Law School and Notre Dame

Lawler Kang, Founder/CEO Lawler most recently served as Chief People Officer of Rue La La and Director of People Strategy for a multi-national software consultancy. In addition to harnessing over 20 years of industry, start-up and service experiences ranging from M&A strategy to turnarounds, he also recently published The E Ticket, a novel, which contributed significantly to his starting the League. His first book, Passion at Work, led to a workshop/speaking business that serviced the likes of HP, Cisco, and Pfizer. Lawler has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Vassar College.

Lawler Kang, Founder/CEO

Lawler most recently served as Chief People Officer of Rue La La and Director of People Strategy for a multi-national software consultancy. In addition to harnessing over 20 years of industry, start-up and service experiences ranging from M&A strategy to turnarounds, he also recently published The E Ticket, a novel, which contributed significantly to his starting the League. His first book, Passion at Work, led to a workshop/speaking business that serviced the likes of HP, Cisco, and Pfizer. Lawler has an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Vassar College.

Patrick Moran, Chief Delivery Officer Patrick started in Global Markets doing emerging markets fixed income research at JPMorganChase but found himself running their global Diversity & Inclusion efforts. He subsequently worked at L.E.K. Consulting, where he worked on 40+ PE due diligence projects.  He also served as COO of a PE funded $85M renewables start up. He has an MBA from Wharton, a MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA from Boston College.

Patrick Moran, Chief Delivery Officer

Patrick started in Global Markets doing emerging markets fixed income research at JPMorganChase but found himself running their global Diversity & Inclusion efforts. He subsequently worked at L.E.K. Consulting, where he worked on 40+ PE due diligence projects.  He also served as COO of a PE funded $85M renewables start up. He has an MBA from Wharton, a MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a BA from Boston College.

Wade Callison, Advisory Board Member Wade brings a plethora of Sales, Account Management, and Product Marketing and Management experiences, in both service and product categories, in both small and large cap settings. He earned both an MBA and BA from Texas A&M. He also built an orphanage in Uganda.  

Wade Callison, Advisory Board Member

Wade brings a plethora of Sales, Account Management, and Product Marketing and Management experiences, in both service and product categories, in both small and large cap settings. He earned both an MBA and BA from Texas A&M. He also built an orphanage in Uganda.  


In the Press/Publications

Review the League's latest postings, articles and the Founder's two books that have significantly infused our work. 

6/14/17 Commentary on Linked In Post Re: Board Member's Sexist Comments (45th comment)


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The E Ticket

A fictional thriller that, with the assistance of ~200 footnotes, makes the case women are biochemically better suited to lead. Amazon 5 stars. 

"Loved this book! It really makes you stop and think about current issues, where we're headed, and possible solutions for the problems we are facing these days. I love how the perspective is written by a man! I can't recommend it strongly enough."

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Passion at Work

Philosophies and tools that have helped individuals, teams, and companies (HP, Cisco, Pfizer, etc.) identify and align purpose, passion, values, priorities and dreams with their work. Amazon 4.5 stars.

“Passion at Work can help you find one thing that is far more important than money —meaning! An excellent book that combines making a living with making a difference.”

             - Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, named by Forbes as top five global executive coach


Your Life's Work

"This whole work-Life balance thing is for the birds... It's all life."

Our founder literally wrote the book on Passion at Work and from his POV, work is a subset of life, not a counter-balance to it.  

How does this impact growth opportunities at the League? 
A few ways…

Expect a rather different interview process.
Expect to work hard and focused but only needing to (metaphorically) punch in, on average, six hours/day (with full benefits).
Expect a novel compensation arrangement.
Expect to travel, but purposefully not a ton. And hopefully, mostly just on public transportation.
Expect to be engaged and grown like never before.

The League is hiring a variety of positions, specifically Delivery-related Allies with various degrees of client-facing experience.

Interested?