We Believe…

diversity is good for business.

Our story

We went from a moment to a movement. The Girls’ Lounge was born after founder Shelley Zalis experienced the power of the pack in 2013. Zalis invited some girlfriends to join her at the male-dominated Consumer Electronics Show, and told them to invite their friends.

About 50 women ended up walking the floor together. It was a “heartbeat moment” where the minority felt like the majority.

What started as an informal female gathering has turned into a movement that emphasizes collaboration and mentorship to activate real change.

In addition to the Girls’ Lounge, The Female Quotient also offers research and strategy solutions for forward-thinking corporations to give companies and leaders the tools they need to design the culture they want.

Our mission is to advance gender equality in the workplace. 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” , “to aggressive” or “intimidating”


of woman feel their gender hes 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, Gweynth 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.

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

The Female Quotient in partnership with Google: 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. If you know #womenvoyagers who are making a difference, please submit your nominations to add more female change agents to the map to holly at holly@thefq.com.


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.