Archive for July, 2012

Kim Van Der Zon: Time for the “Rooney Rule” in Board Searches?

After the National Football League recently suspended coach Sean Peyton of the New Orleans Saints for next season, the team came dangerously close to flouting the Rooney Rule. Named for its originator, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, the rule requires the league’s teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching ...

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Jamaica: Make space for skirts

In Jamaica, the 51% Coalition is working to achieve parity on all public-sector and private-sector boards. Research conducted by the Women's Resource and Outreach Centre, in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency, showed that while women have made significant strides in educational and professional development, over a 10-year period ...

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Insider Roundtable: Call to appoint more women to company boards

"Appointing more women to company boards will improve the performance of companies. That was the underlying message from a group of business leaders at an Insider roundtable which discussed the issue of women in business. The subject was put under the spotlight a year on from the 'Women on Boards' report ...

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HLS Forum: Gender competition of boards important for competitiveness

Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, Ernst & Young, discusses a report from the Committee for Economic Development, titled Fulfilling the Promise: How More Women on Corporate Boards Would Make America and American Companies More Competitive. "Corporate America often says we are facing a pipeline problem when challenged with the troubling ...

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EU: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe’s business schools and industry

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with European Industry Associations, European Business Schools and Senior Executive Women to discuss progress being made on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms. Business schools play a crucial role in equipping young women for a career in business and helping them to reach the ...

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Kay Koplovitz: Diversity on Corporate Boards: Moving the Needle — Why Critical Mass Matters

In Huffington Post's blog Kay Koplovitz discusses a recently held conference at the New York Stock Exchange/Euronext, titled "Moving the Needle". The conference served as a significant step towards helping diversify membership on Corporate Boards. This initiative is bringing together CEO's, Chairs of Nominating Committees, and women and minority candidates endorsed by them.  ...

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CED report, Fulfilling the Promise: How More Women on Corporate Boards Would Make America and American Companies More Competitive

June 25, 2012:  The Committee for Economic Development (CED) issued a major report that underscores the global competitive business case for electing more women to corporate boards and for developing the talents of female emerging corporate leaders.  If American companies fail to meet the career requirements of high-performing women, they ...

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Bloomberg: Zynga Adds Diversity to Board With Yahoo Veteran Ellen Siminoff

Bloomberg discusses that Zynga Inc. (ZNGA), the biggest developer of games for social-networking websites, named former Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) executive Ellen Siminoff as its first female director, as boardrooms at top Silicon Valley companies become more diverse. Zynga follows other tech companies, including Facebook Inc. (FB) and Yahoo, in adding a ...

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U.S.: Where are the women board members?

InvestorPlace discusses that big U.S. companies lag badly when it comes to getting females on the board of directors. However, females make about 75% of all buying decisions, own 40% of privately owned businesses, hold 51% of the country’s private wealth, account for 50% of all U.S. stock ownership and ...

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Bloomberg: Program Aims to Prepare Women for Board Service

Increasing the representation of women on corporate boards has been a hot topic in the management education world of late, with a leading business school women’s advocacy group recently asking top U.S. B-schools to help them create a list of board-ready women. Bloomberg highlights that George Washington University’s School of Business ...

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