Gender, Diversity & Inclusion

The Economic Imperative of Our Time

The Equal Pay Act to end wage discrimination passed over 50 years ago, and yet women in the United States still earn only 81 cents for every dollar men earn. Earnings for women of color are worse, with Black and Hispanic women earning 61 and 53 cents for every dollar white men earn, respectively.

In the Bay Area, the representation of women in executive leadership positions is scant, with women holding only 13.1% of board of director seats and 10.8% of the highest paid executive positions. To address this imbalance, companies throughout the Bay Area are implementing impactful gender equity and diversity policies to help attract and retain women and people of color in this competitive market.

The Gender, Diversity & Inclusion Committee has been working to develop recommendations and best-practices to further mobilize the business community.  The Committee works with civic and political leaders to promote and enhance workplace cultures of equity, inclusion, and belonging through policy advocacy and education.

2020 Activities

  • Grow the influence of the Gender, Diversity & Inclusion Committee by including the cross cutting universal business imperative in the Council’s other committee efforts other diversity and inclusion
  • Convene the regional Chief Diversity Officer Peer-to-Peer working group and leverage lessons learned to inform the direction and priorities of the committee
  • Benchmark metrics to create a base line for measuring improvements in pay equity, diversity in senior leadership, hiring and retention of diverse candidates that result in fostering a culture of inclusion and belonging amongst member companies
  • Collaborate with organizations to inspire cultural and behavioral change at the executive level through annual work-plans and pledges


Our Latest Research

Read Workplace Connections Gender Equity, Family-Friendly Policies, and Early Childhood Care and Education>> 

Read Building Gender Equity in the Workplace A Best Practices Resource Guide>>


Get Involved! 

Gender, Diversity & Inclusion Committee: The committee meetings are open to all members.  Please engage with us as we work to solve the region’s equity challenges.  For more information email lbidrossian@bayareacouncil.org and check out our upcoming events.

Chief Diversity Officer Convening: Chief Diversity Officer Convenings are open to all Chief Diversity Officers, Chief Human Resource Officers, and other diversity leaders throughout the Bay Area. For more information on these meetings email lbidrossian@bayareacouncil.org.


Committee Co-Chairs

Peg McAllister, Lee Hecht Harrison
Stuart Newton, Deloitte
Christopher Ruhl, PwC

Policy Leads


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Linda Bidrossian

Senior Vice President, Public Policy

415-946-8749

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Henry Bartholomay

Senior Policy Associate

(415) 946-8747

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Leslie Alfaro

Policy Associate

(415) 946-8707

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