Lessons from the Tech World Diversity Panel Corporate Governance Panel Edward Knight of NASDAQ Conversation with Marge Magner, James Turley, and Jane Shaw Institutional Investors Panel The Honorable Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer The Global Perspective Panel Lisa Kassenaar Interviews Rodney Martin and Thomas Nides Celia Huber, Director of McKinsey & Company Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman of MasterCard Incorporated Congressman Don Beyer Susan Ness Opens the Conference Ambassador Gérard Araud Delivers Remarks 2015 Conference Roundtable Breakout Session on Governance 2015 Roundtable Participants 2015 Conference Corporate Partners 2015 SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

Save the Date! The 7th Annual SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

SAVE THE DATE! The 7th SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom will convene in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, September 6th and Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.  Please plan to join us for the Public Plenary Session at SAIS on Wednesday, September 7th, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 pm.  The SAIS Global ...

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Maloney unveils new GAO report showing rampant disparities against women in corporate boardrooms, demands SEC take action

January 2016. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY-12) today unveiled a new report from the Government Accountability Office, which shows women are severely underrepresented on corporate boards, taking up just 16 percent of seats in the boardroom. The study, which Maloney requested in May 2014, shows that even if the rate of ...

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GAO Report on Corporate Boards: Strategies to Address Representation of Women Include Federal Disclosure Requirements

January 2016. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), recently released its much-awaited report Corporate Boards: Strategies to Address Representation of Women Include Federal Disclosure Requirements. The GAO found that representation of women on the boards of U.S. publicly-traded companies has been increasing, but greater gender balance could take many years, and estimated that ...

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Why VCs Aren’t Funding Women-led Startups

May 2016. A recent report from early stage investment firm Female Founders Fund provides a vivid illustration of just how few women-led startups are backed by venture capital. Of the more than 200 Bay Area startups that last year received series A funding, a mere 8% were led by women, ...

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You know those quotas for female board members in Europe? They’re working

May 2016. If a goal of the quotas is to bring more women into the top ranks of business, they seem to be working. Norway was the first to introduce quotas for women in 2003. Iceland, Spain and France followed with 40% targets. Last year, Germany became the largest economy to impose a ...

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Germany: One of the Most Powerful Women in Germany Is Making a Comeback

May 2016. Three years ago, Regine Stachelhaus stepped down from her job running HR at the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility to care for her sick husband. At the time, Germany’s business community assumed that the move would mean the end of the career of one of the country’s most powerful ...

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Canada: BCE rejects call to set targets for number of women in senior management

April 2016. Telecommunications giant BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) rejected a shareholder motion to set targets to increase the number of women on its senior management team during the company's annual general meeting. The proposal came from a shareholder and member of Mouvement d'education et de defense des actionnaires (MEDAC) on behalf of the ...

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Amid rapid change, tech boardrooms remain filled with men

April 2016. The opportunity was there: vacant board seats, a call for more directors. Yet in several recent shakeups at Bay Area tech firms — from giants like Yahoo and numerous startups where venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has a seat — no one took the opportunity to appoint a woman to ...

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New Study: Progress and Challenges for Women on Company Boards

April 2016. European Women on Boards ( EWoB) has published a major new report which examines the progress that women are making on the boards of the 600 largest European-listed companies. This comprehensive new study, undertaken in association with ISS, examines how gender diversity in European boardrooms has evolved over the ...

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Women on boards: A matter of supply? Or demand?

April 2016. A recent boardroom study conducted by Harvard Business School, the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart asked board members: “What is the primary reason that the number of women on boards is not increasing?” The number one response of men aged 56 to 65 was “lack of qualified ...

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MSCI Report: Women on Boards: Global Trends in Diversity on Corporate Boards

MSCI Study (November 2015): Women on Boards: Global Trends in Diversity on Corporate Boards Many global asset owners and other institutional investors are increasingly focused on the gender composition of company boards. This MSCI ESG Research report shows that companies in the MSCI World Index with strong female leadership generated a ...

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H.R.4718 – The Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act of 2016

This bill directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to establish a Gender Diversity Advisory Group, composed of government, academic, and private sector representatives, to study strategies to increase gender diversity among the members of the boards of directors of issuers. The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is amended to direct ...

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