If you want to create a women's network within your company, it's important to learn from past efforts and get the leadership team's support, according to this excerpt from "The Little Book of Diversity" by Sam Mercer, Sharon Glancy and Karen Roberts. "Try to meet with the most senior leader and other key influencers individually to discuss your proposals," the authors recommend. Explaining the business benefits of your idea can be useful, but some leaders may be willing to support your initiative simply to promote fairness, they note.

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