Mara Swan is executive VP, global strategy and talent, at ManpowerGroup. She has worked in human resources for more than 30 years, and has seen first-hand the challenges businesses face with gender parity. In December 2015, she authored the report, “Seven Steps to Conscious Inclusion: A Practical Guide to Accelerating More Women Into Leadership.” She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Steering Committee for The Future of Education, Gender and Work, and helped escalate the issue of gender parity at Davos in January 2016. In the US, she sits on the executive committees of the Peer Round Table for CHROs and the HR Policy Association, where she leads the Workforce 2020 Initiative.