Archive for March, 2015

eBay Adds More Women to Board

March 2015. As a result of pressure from investors, eBay recently added two women to its board of 17 people, bringing its total to three women. In November, shareholders filed a proposal encouraging eBay to increase its boardroom diversity. In addition to the two new board members, eBay has committed to ...

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Japan: Glass Ceiling Cracking, Slowly

March 2015. A survey by the Japanese news outlet Nikkei shows that based on current trends, at least one woman will be on the boards of about half of Japanese companies by the year 2020. The survey currently shows that 34.1% of publicly listed companies currently have a woman on ...

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The Vicious Funding Cycle for Women in Tech

March 2015. The Washington Post recently posted a blog describing the difficulties women face when competing for funding in the technology sector. The author described the phenomenon of "ingroup favoritism" -- when individuals tend to favor people like them -- and how that hurts women seeking funding in Silicon Valley. Venture ...

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Sheryl Sandberg Starts Women on Boards Boot Camp

March 2015. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In, joined forces with Marc Andreessen, co-founder of the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, to create a program designed to train women and minorities on how to sit on corporate boards. The two-day boot camp is designed to arm the participants with ...

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India: Companies Not Fulfilling Quota Requirements

March 2015. According to an article by the India Times, one third of publicly listed Indian companies did not have a female board member, despite a quota implemented by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) requiring at least one. At the time of writing, seven days before the ...

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Germany: New Gender Quotas in Boardroom

March 2015. The New York Times reports on the new German law requiring that the boards of the largest German companies be made up of at least 30 percent women. Fewer than 20 percent of the seats on corporate boards in Germany are held by women. The measure passed by a clear ...

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Increasing Boardroom Diversity in Massachusetts

March 2015. A recent column in the Boston Globe evaluated the progress of boardroom diversity in Massachusetts and across the nation, in light of the recent German law requiring 30 percent of seats on the boards of the largest German companies to be held by women. Numerous steps have been ...

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Australia: Corporations Could Face Quotas

March 2015. Notables in the Australian business community are spreading a message that if corporations don't diversify boards on their own, quotas could be on the way. Currently, 21 percent of non-executive director roles on Australian boards are held by women in, with 10 percent in key management personnel roles. Pressure ...

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Germany: Op-Ed Against Quota

March 2015. The Bloomberg View recently published an op-ed by Paula Dwyer on why German boards would do better without quotas. Dwyer argues that while diversifying corporate boards has been proven a successful strategy for for corporations, it should not be done via quotas. You can access the article here.

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Germany: 30 Percent Required on Corporate Boards

March 2015. Germany's new law requiring corporate board to be at least 30 percent women is making news around the world, including in the United Kingdom. The UK Progressive explains that the quota will apply to the country’s 100 biggest companies with a deadline of 2016. In those corporations, women currently ...

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