Advancing better leadership

Project Ascendance is a research study conducted by Artemis Connection on the racial and gender divide in leadership. Launched in 2016, the study was conducted for the purpose of understanding why and how individuals ascend to high-level and management roles within their industry. Through hundreds of interview with women and racial minorities at different stages of their career, we have built a powerful body of research and identified new ways for women and minorities to advance in the workplace.

As part of our 4.5% promise to set aside 4.5% of our time each month to engage in pro bono work for the sole purpose of changing lives, communities, and organizations, Project Ascendance represents our commitment to advancing women and racial minorities in leadership.

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We’re excited to share our findings

Although this last year introduced many new movements and hashtags that brought the topic of racial and gender equity back into the national conversation, action remains sparse. That’s why we hosted the ASCEND Leadership Summit: to share our research and findings and lead a day focused on actions, tactics and strategies that will advance more women and people of color into decision-making positions across the private sector.

Our theme for this inaugural Summit was mentoring v. championing, exploring how active
sponsorship of underrepresented groups is one of the most effective ways to build more
diverse and inclusive organizational leadership. It’s time to disrupt business-as-usual and make
space for new leaders – we wanted to inspire our attendees to do exactly that. Through a series
of keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, and social hours, we uncovered, ideated, and shared the
latest thinking around talent development, workplace bias, and future trends.

Learn more and access our ongoing research and guides by subscribing below. 

Helping women ASCEND in the entertainment industry

As an extension of our ongoing efforts to promote gender and racial equity in the workforce, we are excited to announce a new program and certification tailored specifically for the entertainment industry. ASCEND is a multi-tier program that promotes the active championing of women in leadership roles at studios, networks, agencies, creative organizations, and entertainment technology companies. Our mission is to play an active role in rebuilding the new standard for equality, inclusion and workplace conduct in the entertainment industry.

Looking to promote a diverse and inclusive culture in your organization?

Diverse teams in the right conditions will yield the most innovative solutions. Organizations that promote diverse and inclusive cultures have been proven to be high performing, agile, and much better positioned to attract and retain top talent. At Artemis Connection, we want to help make organizations better places to work. Let us help you assess where your organization is on its diversity and inclusion journey and identify areas for improvement.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead