Over the last few years, there were several studies about the correlation between organizational excellence and gender diversity in top management.
A number of independent researchers and large consultancies have argued that companies in which gender diversity extends to the top of the hierarchy present:

• Better operational and financial performance;
• Increased innovation in business;
• Improved group performance and increased problem-solving ability;
• Relevant reputation gains.

In order to give visibility to gender diversity as a way to increase innovation, competitiveness and high performance in companies, IAPMEI launched the RML, Rede Mulher Líder in 2017.
The project was co-created during 2016 with a group of industrial and knowledge intensive business services SME’s. It was designed and implemented with a group of 15 women entrepreneurs, belonging to 14 companies.