“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

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We in-power equity. 

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

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 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.


What We Do

We are a leading provider of strategic inclusion services.

We deliver sustainable operational improvements by doing four things very well:

1. Deliver the business case: We enlist and engage leaders throughout organizations through robust, data-driven research on the accretive value of expanding the talent lens

2. Facilitate change: We drive the mental shifts needed for this awareness with customizable seminars, workshops, and programs

3. Boost returns and mitigate risks: Via our Helix products, which can also generate a Seal of Approval

4. Provide high-impact advisory assistance: Across all levels of management from Board and C-level to middle management

These capabilities draw on data, experience, and our 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: From our travels and research, 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.


The Helix/Seals

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Want to boost returns and mitigate risks (especially the Controversy/Headline variety) with industry best practices that are linked to financial performance?

Need to establish a baseline for your ongoing inclusion efforts?

Want to position your brand in a favorable light to:

  • Consumers that make 85% of buying decisions

  • Retail investors who will control over half the wealth ($20T) in the States by 2020, and are looking for sustainable and ethical returns

  • Clients who are looking to be serviced by progressive firms 

  • LPs who are using ESG/GRI/SASB criteria for their allocations

  • Talent pools, of both genders, who want to work in an inclusive and diverse environment

Our Helix line of products, and our League Seals of Approval, may be of interest. The Helix process is based on a proprietary data collection and assessment tool that spans 11 categories, from Leadership to Talent Acquisition to Legal.

Recommendations are prioritized by potential financial impact on the firm, based on industry best practices. There are four versions:

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

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-depth interviews with key leaders, surveys of particular employee demographics, and an up-front presentation to key leaders and managers to provide context for the process and what is to come.  


Presentation & Workshop Overview

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 ”The data clearly struck a chord with the male attendees who, based on immediate feedback, realized women on teams is a critical success factor and a competitive advantage....
— Executive Sponsor

We want to provide not only recommendations, but practical tools, starting with awareness, to help you add to your bottom line.

The obstacles women and other diverse communities face to realize their potential are still daunting and everyone needs to be involved for marked and sustainable improvement to happen. And the absolutely last thing we believe women need to become is more manly. 

Following are four examples of presentations/workshops that broach this topic with candor, humor, data, and operational experience. Please click here for a downloadable deck of our current 14 topics.

 

How Biochemistry and Data Positively WACC Profitability  (C-suites, PE, or related conferences) or In-powered Women, Liberated men, Superior Results (mixed gender or women only)
Research from firms such as Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse is correlating significant increases­­ in top and bottom lines, while reducing risk––with increasing female influences. This thought-provoking presentation will explore novel hypotheses around this topic, while also introducing some compelling perspective behind the history and future of women in leadership. 

 

I Squared E Squared: A New Leadership Paradigm

What makes an effective leader in today’s rapidly changing and Millennial-infused world? The old command-and-control, top-down styles aren’t engaging vast swathes of the workforce, who increasingly flit from position to position with no compunction.  This workshop delves into defining a new leadership model and steps leaders can take to transition to it. 

 

Breaking Bias

Breaking Bias goes to the heart of conflict, and resolution. How do biases (conscious and unconscious) start? Why are they so endemic and difficult to identify and confront? How do we avoid them in the first place? It turns out, our need to justify sits at the center of this dynamic. This revolutionary, multi-media session provides a simple yet powerful framework that can dramatically improve relationships of all sorts: from home to office to the world. 

 

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

An alarming number of women are becoming disillusioned with their career directions and potentials, early on in their careers. This is leading to significant declines in middle and upper level leadership pipelines, amongst your most loyal Associates. Given the accretive influence women have on organizational performance, these drops must be understood and broached head on. This highly interactive workshop will target both symptoms and causes of this condition, with tactical proscriptions for improvement. 


Due Diligence

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Don't take our word for it

Per firms like Morgan Stanley, gender diversity impacts all factors of valuation, from top to bottom line and cost of capital and, if handled properly, can significantly mitigate Controversy/Headline risks and their impact on enterprise value. Think the estimated $20B loss in valuation at Uber (and the recent revoking of their London license as management is not "fit and proper") and the legal, PR, and OPEX impacts of the recent Google suit

Additionally, studies show that management decisions made when a transaction is closed, lead to shorter holding periods and higher multiples on exit, and reduce the exogenous risks embedded in the need to wait.

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Our Single Helix product has been crafted to directly address these three issues: Controversy/Headline risks, Management, and how to accelerate gender diversity by focusing on the Human Capital Pipeline. These benefits will also support ESG-related requirements from leading LPs.  

Leveraging our 50+ PE strategy due diligence projects, decades of talent assessment, and executive client-side expertise in Human Capital, the League delivers results that can impact valuations both pre-closure and at exit. 

 

Who We Are

We are a B-Corp Pending firm on a mission! 

Founders, Partners, and Advisors

Lawler Kang, Founder and CEO Lawler most recently headed up People functions at Rue La La, a leading flash sale etailer, and Medullan, an international software service provider. During these tenures, he wrote The E Ticket, a fictional thriller with ~200 footnotes that makes the case women are bio-evolutionary better suited to lead. His first book, Passion at Work, led to a speaking/workshop business servicing the likes of Cisco, HP, and Pfizer. Prior to this, Lawler ran four turnarounds, and served in both delivery and managerial functions in strategy (M&A) and digital consulting. He started his career in Customer Service at a Japanese chemical firm.  Lawler has degrees from Wharton and Vassar College and has recently developed an infatuation for paddleboarding.  

Lawler Kang, Founder and CEO

Lawler most recently headed up People functions at Rue La La, a leading flash sale etailer, and Medullan, an international software service provider. During these tenures, he wrote The E Ticket, a fictional thriller with ~200 footnotes that makes the case women are bio-evolutionary better suited to lead. His first book, Passion at Work, led to a speaking/workshop business servicing the likes of Cisco, HP, and Pfizer. Prior to this, Lawler ran four turnarounds, and served in both delivery and managerial functions in strategy (M&A) and digital consulting. He started his career in Customer Service at a Japanese chemical firm.  Lawler has degrees from Wharton and Vassar College and has recently developed an infatuation for paddleboarding.  

Patrick Moran, Co-Founder, Chief Delivery Officer Patrick started his career on the trading floor at JPMorgan, doing emerging market fixed income research and equity syndication, interspersed by two years of running their global D&I program, the first on Wall Street. He also worked for LEK Consulting, during which time he was involved with 50+ PE due diligence projects. He then went on to serve as COO of a PE funded sustainable energy startup that raised $85 million. Most recently, he founded Main Street Partners, a non-profit consulting firm servicing local businesses. Patrick is a graduate of Wharton, SAIS, and Boston College. And his 9 year old daughter wins most of their pillow fights.  

Patrick Moran, Co-Founder, Chief Delivery Officer

Patrick started his career on the trading floor at JPMorgan, doing emerging market fixed income research and equity syndication, interspersed by two years of running their global D&I program, the first on Wall Street. He also worked for LEK Consulting, during which time he was involved with 50+ PE due diligence projects. He then went on to serve as COO of a PE funded sustainable energy startup that raised $85 million. Most recently, he founded Main Street Partners, a non-profit consulting firm servicing local businesses. Patrick is a graduate of Wharton, SAIS, and Boston College. And his 9 year old daughter wins most of their pillow fights.  

Jennifer Gilhool, Partner Most recently, Jennifer Gilhool 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

Most recently, Jennifer Gilhool 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. 

Jill Beresford, Partner Jill currently serves as CEO of Gendernomics™ , bringing the message of improved economics through gender balance to the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies. She was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of a publicly-held corporation during the 1990’s after she successfully turned the company around from near-bankruptcy. Jill brings +25 years successfully working in the Turnaround & Restructuring Industry filling the positions of CEO, CFO, CRO and/or CMO, working in a wide variety of corporate environments including private, public, international, start-ups, family-held businesses, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, orderly liquidations and turn-around situations. Jill earned an MBA from Boston University. She can be found regularly teaching Zumba classes, out running with her two beloved Siberian Huskies or watching her Berklee-graduated daughter dominating the stage at her paid-musician gigs.

Jill Beresford, Partner

Jill currently serves as CEO of Gendernomics™ , bringing the message of improved economics through gender balance to the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies. She was appointed CEO and Chairman of the Board of a publicly-held corporation during the 1990’s after she successfully turned the company around from near-bankruptcy. Jill brings +25 years successfully working in the Turnaround & Restructuring Industry filling the positions of CEO, CFO, CRO and/or CMO, working in a wide variety of corporate environments including private, public, international, start-ups, family-held businesses, Chapter 11 bankruptcies, orderly liquidations and turn-around situations. Jill earned an MBA from Boston University. She can be found regularly teaching Zumba classes, out running with her two beloved Siberian Huskies or watching her Berklee-graduated daughter dominating the stage at her paid-musician gigs.

Andrea Dalton, Advisory Board Andrea Dalton, CFA, is a research consultant, providing integrated fundamental and sustainability (ESG) research.  Previously, she picked stocks using GARP and value approaches in her role as a Portfolio Manager with Friess Associates, manager of the Brandywine Funds.  Over her more than 16 years there, Andrea consistently outperformed while investing across sectors and supporting multiple products.  Earlier in her career, she worked at several firms, including Palisade Capital, Cathay Financial and Gabelli & Company.  Andrea’s 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 an MBA and a MA of International Affairs from Columbia University.  She also graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a BA in Asian Studies and loves to speak Mandarin whenever possible.

Andrea Dalton, Advisory Board

Andrea Dalton, CFA, is a research consultant, providing integrated fundamental and sustainability (ESG) research.  Previously, she picked stocks using GARP and value approaches in her role as a Portfolio Manager with Friess Associates, manager of the Brandywine Funds.  Over her more than 16 years there, Andrea consistently outperformed while investing across sectors and supporting multiple products.  Earlier in her career, she worked at several firms, including Palisade Capital, Cathay Financial and Gabelli & Company.  Andrea’s 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 an MBA and a MA of International Affairs from Columbia University.  She also graduated cum laude from Vassar College with a BA in Asian Studies and loves to speak Mandarin whenever possible.

Dr. Annette Lavoie, Advisory Board Annette is a serial entrepreneur who 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. She is difficult to keep up with on the slopes.  

Dr. Annette Lavoie, Advisory Board

Annette is a serial entrepreneur who 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. She is difficult to keep up with on the slopes.  

Dr. Bruce Margolis, Advisory Board Bruce served as head of HR for TJ Maxx and TJX for 20 years. For the last 5 years, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. Bruce initiated the TJX  Corporate Diversity Committee and served as its Chair for 10 years. Prior to this, he served as Corporate Psychologist for Jewel Companies and later as Vice President, Human Resources. Bruce started his career as a scientist for the United States Public Health Service conducting research for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health focusing on the job stress on health and the causes and prevention of work related accidents. Bruce is a graduate of Case Western University (PhD & MA) and City University of NY (BS). He loves travelling places where he doesn't speak the language. 

Dr. Bruce Margolis, Advisory Board

Bruce served as head of HR for TJ Maxx and TJX for 20 years. For the last 5 years, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer. Bruce initiated the TJX  Corporate Diversity Committee and served as its Chair for 10 years. Prior to this, he served as Corporate Psychologist for Jewel Companies and later as Vice President, Human Resources. Bruce started his career as a scientist for the United States Public Health Service conducting research for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health focusing on the job stress on health and the causes and prevention of work related accidents. Bruce is a graduate of Case Western University (PhD & MA) and City University of NY (BS). He loves travelling places where he doesn't speak the language. 

Wade Callison, Advisory Board Wade currently serves as VP of Global Sales, Financial Services Solutions at Synchronoss Technologies, where he also served as SVP of Product Marketing and Product Management. Prior to this, he filled roles such as Managing Director at BearingPoint and Director, Program Management and  Global Operations at Scient. Wade started his career as a Senior Network Consultant at Lucent Technologies. Wade earned both a BS and MBA from Texas A&M University. He has led the building of a school in Uganda and currently serves on the Board of The Clover Foundation, which is dedicated to childhood poverty alleviation in the urban slums there. 

Wade Callison, Advisory Board

Wade currently serves as VP of Global Sales, Financial Services Solutions at Synchronoss Technologies, where he also served as SVP of Product Marketing and Product Management. Prior to this, he filled roles such as Managing Director at BearingPoint and Director, Program Management and  Global Operations at Scient. Wade started his career as a Senior Network Consultant at Lucent Technologies. Wade earned both a BS and MBA from Texas A&M University. He has led the building of a school in Uganda and currently serves on the Board of The Clover Foundation, which is dedicated to childhood poverty alleviation in the urban slums there. 


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