Speeches

SEC Chair Speech on Board Diversity

June 2016. In a speech before the ICGN on June 27, 2016, SEC Chair Mary Jo White said that “…the SEC has a responsibility to ensure that our disclosure rules are serving their intended purpose of meaningfully informing investors.  does not and it should be changed.  Our lens of ...

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A Conversation with SEC Chair Mary Jo White

January 2016. In the final question of this recent interview, SEC Chairman Mary Jo White addressed the lack of gender diversity on boards.  She has instructed her staff to review the current proxy disclosure requirements to determine “whether additional guidance or rulemaking is needed.” Read the speech here.

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Susan Ness Delivers Keynote Speech on Boardroom Diversity in Bogota

November 2015. SAIS Global Conference Chair Susan Ness delivered keynote remarks at the XIV Foro Internacional de Gobierno Corporativo in Bogotá, Colombia on November 11, 2015.  She focused on global progress in achieving boardroom diversity, noting that “in every country that has made significant progress, the national government has played ...

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SEC Commissioner On Boardroom Diversity

May 2015. SEC Commissioner Kara Klein recently gave a speech at a Treasury Department Symposium on Women in Finance where she discussed boardroom composition.  The Commissioner did not say anything new about boardroom diversity, and did not critique the present disclosure rules.  Instead, she argues that if there were a universal proxy ...

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Materials and Photos from 2014 Conference

The 2014 SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom was held on September 15 & 16, 2014 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The program, bios, speeches, essays and photos from the two-day session can be found in the drop down menu: Events > 2014 ...

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Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and SEC Chair Mary Jo White Deliver Remarks at 2014 Conference

September 2014. The annual SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom was held September 15-16 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (please click here for a press release from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation). The Public Plenary Session featured keynote remarks by The Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce and The Honorable ...

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Video: European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding on the Case for Quotas in the EU

At the 2013 SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, conference attendees heard from European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding, 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 ...

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Speech by EC Vice President Viviane Reding before European Parliament and National Parliaments on “Turning Gender Equality into Reality: from the Treaty of Rome to the Quota Debate”

10/03/2012: Vice President Reding previews possible legislation that she and the other EC economic commissioners plan to submit for requiring at least 40% of each gender on large, publicly traded company boards by the year 2020.  Reding defends the competency of the EU to adopt such legislation, and argues that the ...

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European Commission – Directorate-General for Justice Viviane Reding Mapping EU action on Gender Equality: from the Treaty of Rome to Quotas – speech at the Harvard Club Belgium

10/09/2012: "Gender diversity in the boardrooms of European companies is showing no signs of improvement. Across the EU, company boards are currently dominated by one gender: 86.5% of board members are men while women represent just 13.5%. 97.5% of the chairpersons are men and only 2.5% are women. If you ...

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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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