My choice to focus on aspiring women leaders is two-fold. According to a recent report, although more women graduate with masters+ degrees and are managers, few women become senior leaders (i.e. CEOs, CFOs, etc. ). Women are almost half (47%) of the total work force in the U.S.; but only a fraction (4%) were CEO at Fortune 500 companies.* Women are also underrepresented in small business. Though more women start businesses, only 3 out of 10 get federal contracts.** Women-owned businesses pump about $3 trillion into the economy. Yet it takes women business owners at least four tries before they are approved for a bank loan or lines of credit. And, on average, it takes twenty-two attempts to get equity capital. Almost half of women business owners did not seek money in 2009.*** There is also another crisis looming. More women are leaving corporate America in favor of having more control of their lives.**** Whether that is building their own businesses or pursuing other interests. This is a problem. In coming years, more executives will retire. Women make up almost half of the professional workforce and are getting advanced degrees faster than males. As more women leave, the number of qualified candidates decreases. Even more so, it is important to keep women from leaving and train this talented group of professionals to run these companies. Only if one deals with the reasons why women are leaving and remove the barriers that prevent women from advancing.