A Panel Discussion on Gender Equity in the Staffing Industry—A Review of the 2023 Women Business Collaborative’s Staffing Industry Benchmark Survey



Women comprise the majority of internal workforces at U.S. staffing firms, but remain underrepresented at the executive, c-suite, and board levels, according to a new survey released by the Women Business Collaborative. Join this webinar and explore the issue of gender equity in the staffing industry by reviewing some of the key findings from the WBC benchmark survey Gender Equity Progress in the Staffing Industry. A panel of industry thought leaders will discuss some of the key findings from the 2023 survey and share their own insights from years of experience in leadership roles in the staffing industry.

During this webinar, attendees will:

  • Hear different perspectives on opportunities to support and advance women in the staffing industry
  • Discuss the gender representation in the staffing industry and the observed dropoff with women advancing to senior leadership
  • Learn what challenges women still face as they seek gender equity in the staffing industry
  • Discover how gender equity in the industry can have a positive effect on communities and society


Kip WrightKip Wright

chairman, Inspyr Solutions

Wright is a staffing industry veteran who has been instrumental in shifting the landscape of the human capital industry. Known as a passionate leader with an innate ability to drive both growth and organizational efficiencies, Wright is responsible for all facets of executive strategy and leadership for the Inspyr Solutions organization. Considered a leader in the field of human capital and workforce fulfillment, Wright is the recipient of numerous awards. For example, he is a five-time recipient of Staffing Industry Analysts’ “Staffing 100” award, recognizing the most influential leaders in the staffing industry.


Laine GandyLaine Gandy

director, Adecco Group US Foundation

Gandy joined the Adecco Group six years ago as an optimization specialist at Pontoon Solutions. Over the years, she has taken on roles in project management, optimization, customer relationship management, and account management. She loves helping people find meaning and passion in their work, and as a director with the Adecco Group US Foundation, she can work on strategic initiatives and partner with organizations that put people to work every day and empower them to build fulfilling careers.

Francesca ProfetaFrancesca Profeta

research analyst, Staffing Industry Analysts

Profeta joined Staffing Industry Analysts in January 2011 and was initially part of the European team in an operations development role covering many areas, from member services to marketing and international research. In 2020, she became fully integrated into the research team, where she is now lead analyst for markets including Japan, Italy, France, Iberia, and Belgium. Her topic specialisms include diversity, equity, and inclusion in the staffing industry and wider contingent workforce.

Leslie VickreyLeslie Vickrey

chief executive officer and founder, ClearEdge Marketing

Seeing a need for business-minded marketing solutions that were as agile as the industries they served, Vickrey founded ClearEdge Marketing in 2006. As CEO, she leads a team of more than 40 top-notch marketers wjho help technology, software, professional services and staffing clients differentiate themselves from competitors through services like branding, public relations, and digital marketing.

Samantha WhitneySamantha Whitney

vice president, North America, Bartholomew Advisors

Whitney’s professional expertise is focused on providing retained executive search services with an emphasis on identifying and recruiting c-suite and board director talent in life sciences, ranging from senior vice president to chief executive officer. As director of research, North America, for Bartholomew Advisors, she has successfully recruited for U.S. and European leaders in life sciences. Independently, Whitney also consults with organizations on competitive intelligence issues to support high-level strategic business decisions.

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