Although it took a very awkward moment to get it:
Even well-intentioned executives tend, often unconsciously, to dismiss women's contributions. At Ernst & Young, where 23% to 26% of leadership teams internationally are women, CEO James Turley told the WSJ conference that he was running a meeting years ago when "three or four women said something I wasn't paying attention to. Then a guy said something similar and I said, 'That's a really good point.' " Afterward, a female executive took him aside and said, "You probably have no idea what just happened," he says. He hasn't made the same mistake since.