We Believe…

diversity is good for business.

Our story

The Female Quotient is a female-owned business committed to advancing equality in the workplace through collaboration, activating solutions for change and creating metrics for accountability. Diversity adds a competitive advantage to build stronger and more successful companies.

We believe…

  • a company alone has power, but together we have impact.
  • anything is possible if we open our minds and our hearts and choose to be better.
  • we need to stop admiring the problems and start activating next-step solutions for change.
  • you must measure change for accountability.
  • we all have bias. Let’s accept this and become conscious of our unconscious.
  • in building a better workplace for all.
  • when purpose meets passion, we are unstoppable.
  • when you put women in any equation, the equation gets better.


of woman believe that stereotypes personally impact their career, their life, or both.


The more likely a woman is than a man to receive feedback that they are “bossy,” “too aggressive,” or “intimidating.”


of woman feel their gender has hindered their progress.

shelley zalis

Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient

Shelley Zalis is an internationally-renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace. As the first female chief executive ranked in the research industry’s top 25, she changed the game, helped elevate feminine values in the workplace and has devoted herself to becoming a mentor and role model to women and leaders in her industry.

Today, through The Female Quotient, Zalis is advancing gender equality across many industries and career levels with the Girls’ Lounge, pop-up experiences at conferences across the globe, such as The World Economic Forum, Cannes Lions and the Consumer Electronics Show, as well as within companies. She is also leading initiatives within corporations by activating solutions for change with The Female Quotient’s Equality Bootcamps.

Zalis is an admired speaker and member of the Washington Speakers Bureau, as well as a skilled moderator who has interviewed influencers such as Katie Couric, Halle Berry, Gwyenth Paltrow, Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington and more on topics related to equality and leadership. Zalis authors a Forbes column that provides inspiration and advice for women in the “messy middle,” middle management, who are looking to rise up into leadership positions. She is co-founder of #SeeHer, a movement led by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) to increase the percentage of accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising and media. She is on the board of directors for MAKERS.

A firm believer in giving back with generosity, her legacy is to tap into the power of collaboration to transform workplace culture so that all people feel like they belong, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation.

You can follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

Giving Back With Generosity

Clear Channel billboards in Times Square featuring Women Voyagers: Breaking Boundaries.

Women Voyagers: Breaking Boundaries

The Female Quotient has launched Women Voyagers: Breaking Boundaries in partnership with Google to bring visibility to the female impact-makers who are creating real change globally. The interactive map features female equality champions from the 144 countries in the WEF's Global Gender Gap Report.


Energy For Equality

The Female Quotient is featuring the Steps To Equality campaign in The Equality Lounge @ Davos, where each step a person takes inside the lounge will directly benefit equality efforts around the globe. Fueled by technology in collaboration with energy tiles by Tribal Planet, it works by measuring and tracking via a mobile app the number of steps people take as they walk across “equality tiles.”

International Day Of The Girl: #GirlsBelongHere

The Female Quotient joined with Plan International USA for the #GirlsBelongHere campaign on International Day of the Girl to tell the world that girls belong in corporate board rooms, government offices, and leadership roles.