Sports and Female Leadership

Did you know that more than half of all top female executives were girl athletes?

[According to a study by EY Women Athletes Business Network and espnW], women executives who once played competitive sports, in college or elsewhere, prefer to hire other people with athletics in their background. The study surveyed more than 400 female executives in five countries (20% were U.S. women). Half are C-Suite level executives, meaning that they serve as CEO, CFO, COO or the board of directors at a company. Of these top executives, over half (52%) played a sport at the college or university level. Only 3% did not participate in sports at any point in their lives.

For more from the study, see the Harvard Business review summary.

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