At a time when the college presidency has become a high-risk occupation and CEO turnover is accelerating, with 131 leaving their jobs in January alone, maybe they could benefit from some words of wisdom.
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!
Sam Levenson once observed, "The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy." The same could be said for a new alliance between groups who have often been at odds: large institutional shareholders and corporate directors.
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!!
Let's stop trashing academic governance while exalting corporate governance as perfect. There's a need for governance reform in many businesses, and it all coalesces around innovation, speed to market, inclusion of those affected and ethics.