A study by Faculty Fellow Nitesh Chawla (computer science and engineering) and his colleagues, Yang Yang from Northwestern University and Brian Uzzi from the Kellogg School of Management, was highlighted in a BCBusiness article about female corporate leaders.  Their study "A network’s gender composition and communication pattern predict women’s leadership success” found that the highest achieving women have strong ties and frequent communication with an inner circle of two to three other women.  These women provided each other with key industry information, social support, and an extended network of contacts.  This article recommends that young women start building this inner circle in order to speed up the attainment of gender parity in the workplace.