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Making Progress on Women in Leadership Initiative

The CIA Director’s Advisory Group on Women in Leadership (DAG) recently completed its second year of implementation. The DAG is charged with implementing ten recommendations from the DAG 2013 Final Report [PDF 178.73 KB*] designed to improve how the Agency manages its full range of talent. Over the past year, the DAG implementation staff and volunteers from across the workforce have made substantial progress in these recommendations, as highlighted in the Year Two Report to the Workforce.

Some of these accomplishments include:

  • Establishing a cadre of experienced coaches, who are available to advise officers on giving and receiving meaningful feedback, and launching electronic feedback tools and resources.
  • Deploying mandatory training on equity assurance designed to assist panel members in ensuring that all officers are evaluated in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Issuing multiple guides and resource documents on flexible work options including parental leave, work status transitions, and leading in a flexible work environment.

At a recent town hall with the workforce, Director Brennan praised the DAG’s efforts: “Today, after two years of sustained effort, I take great pride in saying that we are well on our way to fulfilling the DAG’s mandates…It is a job for everyone—each of us has an obligation to follow through on the DAG’s recommendation,” emphasizing that the recommendations benefit all Agency officers.

To learn more about the DAG’s accomplishments, download the complete Year Two Report. [PDF 810.28 KB*]

About the DAG:

The DAG was established by former CIA Director David H. Petraeus to help CIA’s leadership continue the advancement of women in the workplace. The team—including senior Agency officers and led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright—reviewed the organizational and societal factors affecting women’s careers and analyzed information provided by nearly half of the CIA’s workforce over the course of 10 months. The DAG published its final report in February 2013 and formed a team and several working groups in June 2013 to implement the 10 recommendations. To learn more about the DAG report, read the press release detailing the report’s findings.


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Posted: Sep 08, 2015 12:07 PM
Last Updated: Sep 08, 2015 01:22 PM