2014 Essays

For the 2014 conference, essays on boardroom diversity were penned to encourage fresh thinking on how we can jump start the selection of more women as corporate directors and enhance board performance. To view the essays or to download a PDF, please click here.

Below is the full table of contents:

OVERVIEW

  • Why Having More Women on the Board Contributes to More Effective Boards – Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
  • Thawing the Glacial Progress for Women on Boards – Janice Ellig, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

  • Quotas Are Working But Change Takes Time – Irene Natividad, Chair, Corporate Women Directors International
  • Promoting Diversity in Finland – Leena Linnainmaa, Deputy Chief Executive, Finland Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Proposal for Women on Boards: Beef ‘em Up with Flexible Targets – Beverly Behan, Founder, Board Advisor
  • Gender Diversity and Best Practice Standards of Corporate Governance – Kerrie Waring, Managing Director, International Corporate Governance Network

ENGAGING INSTITUTIONAL AND INDIVIDUAL INVESTORS

  • Role of Institutional Investors: Boardroom Diversity – Janice Hester-Amey, Portfolio Manager, Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
  • Investors are in a Unique Position to Encourage Companies to Improve Their Gender Diversity – But Not Just at the Board Level – Emma Howard Boyd, Lead, 30% Club Investor Group

 ENGAGING CORPORATE NOMINATING/GOVERNANCE COMMITTEES

  • CED: Fulfilling the Promise – More Women on Corporate Boards – Jeffrey Hooke, Vice President, Committee for Economic Development
  • Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees – One Director’s Perspective – Julie Dobson, former Lead Director, PNM Resources; former Chair, LCC International

ENGAGING CEOS AND FAMILY BOARDS

  • How Boards Can Reap the Rewards of Diversity – The Role of CEOs – Brande Stellings, Leader, Corporate Board Services, Catalyst
  • Family Business Boards Need Women Directors – Susan Schiffer Stautberg, Co-Founder, Chair & CEO, WomenCorporateDirectors