Episode 220: The Journey of a Female Executive w/ Jane Stevenson

jane stevenson is featured on something extra episode 220

Jane Stevenson hopes for a world where our daughters will think that being a CEO is normal. As someone who recruited CEOs for massive corporations such as Nike, Coca-Cola, and more, she has observed several examples of effective leadership. Tune in as Jane and Lisa discuss research trends regarding a female executive’s journey and how the need for good leadership remains a constant in a changing world.

Bio: In her role as Vice Chair of Korn Ferry, Jane Edison Stevenson works across the global governance continuum on behalf of clients and has served as a pioneer in developing the firm’s succession capabilities at the Board and CEO level. She additionally serves as executive sponsor for the firm’s Power of ALL initiative, focused on developing diverse talent in the world’s top leadership pipelines.

As the firm’s Global Leader for CEO Succession, she leads a team of 150+ partners across search, assessment and development areas of expertise, regularly leading Fortune 500 client engagements at the intersection of business, strategy and top leadership capabilities.

Jane led the firm’s Women CEOs Speak research, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation’s “100×25” program to advance100 women to Fortune 500 CEO roles by 2025. The work includes in-depth behavioral interviews and leadership assessments with 57 Fortune 1000 women CEOs. The goal of the research was to determine the personal and professional factors enabling success, creating the first-ever “developmental roadmap” for companies to create future generations of women CEOs.  

A thought leader on governance and innovation, Jane appears regularly in global business media, including BusinessWeek, Fortune, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Innovation Excellence and Strategy+Business.  Jane is also a featured speaker at private forums for Fortune 500 clients and other select venues.  She has been acknowledged by BusinessWeek as one of the “100 Most Influential Consultants in the World” and been honored in NACD’s ‘Directorship 100’ multiple times for her influence in the boardroom.

Jane is the co-author of Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth—And Why Others Fail (McGraw Hill 2011) and is a recipient of the Maurice Holland Award for her writing on innovation.

Jane’s Something Extra: Sense of purpose, passion, and courage.

Guest Links:


– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Jenny Heal, Guest Coordinator
– Morgan Cochran, Marketing Support
– Kendall Brewer, Director of Leadership Programs