2013 Conference Materials

Senior business leaders gathered at the fourth SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom called for a national task force to increase the representation of women on corporate boards in the United States. The participants agreed that, as a matter of U.S. economic competitiveness, it is essential that a national high-level taskforce be convened, comprising business, government and civil society, to drive greater diversity on corporate boards. The task force will jumpstart progress by identifying and addressing obstacles to greater representation of women in the boardroom. Learn more about the 2013 conference by reading the concluding statement, accessible here.

To view the full agenda of the 2013 SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, including a list of the conference’s corporate sponsors, please click here.

The program book for the conference features the biographies of all conference speakers and is available here.


Multimedia From the Conference

European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding, presented by video, her views on on the importance of implementing a 40% quota for corporate boards in Europe. Regulatory pressure in the EU, Reding pointed out, has been quite effective, especially given that with initiatives like Global Board Ready Women identifying attractive candidates, there is no longer a viable “supply” argument. The video can be found here.

Marijo Bos, President of the European Professional Women’s Network, and member of Global Board Ready Women, gave an update on the progress of promoting women into senior level management and board positions in Europe. View her presentation here.