marzipan layer

Main Entry:  marzipan layer
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the level of executives just below the partners in a firm; also called marzipan set
Example:  Marzipan layer refers to the layer of corporate executives just below the top-level "icing". Most women who manage to break into the executive ranks seem to get stuck in the marzipan layer.
Etymology:  akin to marzipan as a 'superficial layer or covering'
Usage:  slang
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