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Women on Boards

A Five-Step Action Plan for Women to Land a Board Seat

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 11.04.2014 | Women
Rebecca Shambaugh

Many women miss the boat because they don't understand the steps to take early in their careers to best position themselves for board membership. Here are five practical steps you can start taking today to increase your future chances of getting on a public company board...

Why Aren't More Women Landing Board Seats?

Rebecca Shambaugh | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Rebecca Shambaugh

Whatever the primary reason behind the disturbing gap, there are concrete ways that women can better prepare themselves for board membership to overcome both of these perceived obstacles.

Women And Minorities Are Punished For Promoting Women And Minorities At Work: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business

Valuing diversity is apparently frowned upon in Corporate America -- unless you’re a white man. Women and minorities who promote diversity from c...

Inclusion, Engagement, Collaboration -- An Inconvenient Truth?

Sylvana Storey | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Sylvana Storey

Much talk is generated about the value that the behaviors of inclusion, engagement and collaboration bring to organizations but we only need to dig a bit deeper to see what the evidence is for how these behaviors are practiced by those who do the talking.

Don't Buy Skechers!

Keven Bellows | Posted 08.05.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

All the women who own stock in American companies should pay attention to this egregious discrimination, educate themselves about the boards of companies they invest in and use their voting power as a group to insist on change.

From Court to C-Suite

Keven Bellows | Posted 06.28.2014 | Women
Keven Bellows

Nearly 20 years ago when few women were on Fortune 500 boards, Stephanie Streeter certainly had the credentials to be invited to the Parker-Hannifin Corporation, having had a meteoric rise at Avery Dennison.

Non-Profit Boards, Old Boy Club? No

Keven Bellows | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

It's not that those of us who value our cultural and charitable institutions aren't grateful for the good work of the men interviewed. But it's appalling and unfair that even in non-profits where women are outstanding leaders, men still get the spotlight!

Is Pope Francis Helping or Hurting Women?

Dana Theus | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Dana Theus

When women participate as a "non-minority" in any social structure, dialog and decision-making patterns become more collaborative. More options get on the table.

Voluntary Action Is Not Working!

Keven Bellows | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

The significant value women bring to corporate boards and the bottom line has been established by a number of reputable surveys and long-term research. Yet the percentage of women on public company boards in the U.S. remains an anemic 16-17 percent.

Gender-Driven Growth: Are Quotas in Boardrooms a Positive Force for Change?

Susan Bloch | Posted 04.29.2014 | Business
Susan Bloch

If we look at the advances of women on the global stage, we can see momentum in the public and political arena. Yet, in start-ups, investment banking and manufacturing, where real money is made, not much has changed over the past decade.

Gap Between Male and Female Pay Is Widening

Keven Bellows | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

More women on boards not only contribute to improved company performance, they also advocate for a more level playing field for women in the companies they serve.

Women on Boards: Beyond Gender to Leadership

John Gerzema | Posted 04.16.2014 | Women
John Gerzema

In an open, social and interdependent economy, the skills and competencies required for leading are changing. In other words, this is more about leadership style -- the skills and competencies that corporate America rewards -- as opposed to gender.

Women on Boards: Tokenism or Best Practice?

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Marilyn Nagel

If a company adds three eminently qualified women to their board, and it is characterized as a gender play or way to avoid a firestorm of criticism, is that progress?

Memo to CEOs: Never Hang Up on a Reporter!

Keven Bellows | Posted 04.08.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

The percentage of women on corporate boards has been stuck at around 16 percent for about a decade, despite the research concerning performance and profits. It appears all but intractable.

More Women on Corporate Boards Impacts All of Us

Keven Bellows | Posted 04.05.2014 | Women
Keven Bellows

We all have a significant stake in an improved economy along with corporate accountability. A diversity of voices making key decisions improves both.

No Excuse for Apple's Binders Full of Women Problem

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 03.11.2014 | Business
Kathleen Reardon

Thanks to Apple shareholders, the company's board nominating committee will now be "actively seeking out highly qualified women." Which raises the question: What has the committee been doing for more than three decades?

A Happier New Year for Women and Business

Keven Bellows | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

As 2014 rolls in, I would like to suggest a bold resolution for corporate board chairs: We will search for and find, not just one, but several, competent, capable, qualified women to join our board of directors this year -- even if we have to expand the size of our board, which we have the authority to do.

Parity in 2084?!

K. Sujata | Posted 02.19.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

If women continue to support other women, we won't have to wait until 2084 to see gender equality in the boardroom and in the C-suite. Let's challenge ourselves and others to make major strides in 2014.

Great Year-End Good News for Women in Business

Keven Bellows | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

It may seem a no-brainer to put a woman in charge of a car company when women buy more than half the new cars in America, influence 85% of all automobile purchases and spend $200 billion a year on new cars and servicing, but it's taken over 100 years!!

Attention Shareholders: Women in Boardrooms Are Good for Business

Susan Bloch | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Susan Bloch

Women make up almost half of the workforce at middle management, but despite special mentoring and training programs, the pipeline trickles to a halt just shy of executive and board positions.

Money Talks - Women's Buying Power Starts to Reflect in the Boardroom

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kay Koplovitz

The Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI) study, regarding the percentage of women-held board seats in retail and consumer products companies...

Twitter, Don't 'Check the Box' -- Hire Two Women for Your Board

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 12.17.2013 | Women
Marilyn Nagel

f companies like Twitter want our business, they can't pretend this is a supply issue or a diversity issue. Women make up the majority of Twitter's users. Structuring an all-white male board is not reflective of Twitter's talent pool or customer base.

It's Not About Checking the Box, Dick -- It's Just Good Business!

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kay Koplovitz

It's not good enough for Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to only have one woman on his board. One is too often a token. On a board of seven -- it should be at least two. No one wants to be a token, not even women seeking to serve on boards.

Why the Debate About Twitter's Board and Women at the Top in Silicon Valley Is a Healthy One

Penny Herscher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Penny Herscher

We now know that having diverse product design teams creates better products. We also now know that having women on boards makes companies more competitive. So why would a company build its management team and board entirely from men?

California Passes First Legislation to Encourage More Women on Boards

Marilyn Nagel | Posted 10.28.2013 | Women
Marilyn Nagel

We know greater board diversity leads to better governance and stronger economic growth. Now we need to put our economic power behind this legislation by supporting companies who comply with this recommendation, and taking our business away from those who don't.