Archive for September, 2012

NYT: “In Google’s Inner Circle, a Falling Number of Women”

NYT 8/22/12:  Google has been considered a place in Silicon Valley where women have thrived, is using data to figure out what it needs to do to attract and retain more women in technology.  Three of Google’s nine board members (30%) are women.  “Executives were concerned that too many women ...

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Commissioner Elisse B. Walter: Remarks at Third SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

SEC Commissioner Elisse Walter delivered keynote remarks at the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom September 20, 2012.  She defended the SEC disclosure rule, noting that there is evidence that it is making a difference in that companies are discussing in greater detail how they determine the right ...

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Bloomberg Business Week: “To Get Women on Company Boards, Make Men Leave”

If you’re baffled at why it’s proving so difficult to get women on corporate boards, you’re not alone. State treasurers are threatening to pull pension funds from laggard companies. Nine nations are enraged by a European Union plan to punish companies that don’t fill at least 40 percent of their ...

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Article by Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson on why companies should review their operations to eliminate barriers for inclusion of women in leadership positions and on their boards. After citing the low numbers, he notes that the European “Commission has been championing a planned EU law to impose sanctions on ...

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Sustainable Brands: “Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards: The Thirty Percent Coalition and the Critical Mass Effect”

Achieving gender diversity on corporate boards and paying attention to numbers are common themes in a 2006 groundbreaking report on critical mass on corporate boards and a new national coalition working to almost double the percentage of women on US public company boards. The notion of “critical mass” has been applied ...

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Race to the “How Women Can Change Corporate Boards: The Effects of Achieving a Critical Mass of Female Directors”

As the number of qualified women in the corporate director candidate pool grows, companies are reconsidering the business case for gender diversity on boards. The most familiar arguments involve the optical value of having a board’s members reflect the company’s diverse employees, customers, shareholders, and other stakeholders, and the strategic ...

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Wall Street Journal: “Promoting Women from Down Under”

Since 2006, Women On Boards has pushed for Australian companies and public bodies to aim for at least a 40% female board membership, in part by setting up a website to put firms with director vacancies in touch with women interested in such roles. Its efforts, along with changes in ...

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Malta Business Weekly: “EU female quota opposition grows”

Another day, another country opposing a nascent European Commission plan to impose a 40% quota on women serving on corporate boards. Last week, a UK-led letter to the proposal’s author, EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, and her boss, commission president José Manuel Barroso, included nine countries, including Malta and the interior ...

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Daily Markets: “Men And Women Corporate Directors Remarkably Aligned On Strategy – But Not Diversity”

A new global study from WomenCorporateDirectors, Heidrick & Struggles, Professor Boris Groysberg of the Harvard Business School, and Researcher Deborah Bell reveals top boardroom challenges, trends, and concerns heading into 2012 election. Read more on

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Paul Hastings Releases “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom” report

The international law firm of Paul Hastings, in conjunction with the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, has released a comprehensive, 150 page global report, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling:  Women in the Boardroom.” The report examines how countries are addressing the issue of gender parity on corporate boards, ...

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