Study: Women, Minorities Take More Seats in US Boardrooms

November 2017. Via News. "White men still overwhelm the boardroom but for the first time, women and minorities together accounted for half of the new independent directors appointed by corporate America this year, a recruitment firm said on Thursday.  Executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart tracked appointments of independent directors made by ...

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OSC urged to push companies to set targets for women on boards

October 2017. CBC News. "Canada's biggest securities regulator says it may be time to strengthen its measures to get more women on boards — with some corporate leaders calling for companies to be forced to set specific targets — after glacial progress in the past three years. At a panel in Toronto ...

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Gender balance on boards is impossible

October 2017. HRD Magazine. "Gender balance on corporate boards is impossible – at least according to one emotional intelligence coach who claims women just don’t have the same desire to win as their male counterparts. 'Despite gender diversity limits being set there is absolutely no chance there will ever be an equal ...

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16% of Corporate Board Members Say Racial and Gender Diversity Has No Benefit ‘At All’

October 2017. Fortune. "Corporate directors, it seems, are a tough sell. Despite research that shows the positive effects of greater board diversity—companies with it are more likely to have strong financial performance and fewer instances of bribery, corruption, shareholder battles, and fraud—some directors remain unconvinced about the value diversity brings to a ...

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Light backing from State Street weighs on U.S. diversity drives

October 2017. Reuters. "State Street Corp has drawn praise for its efforts to put more women on corporate boards, notably the “Fearless Girl” statue it placed near Wall Street. But new records show the company did not throw its full weigh behind boardroom diversity initiatives this year - complicating activists’ plans ...

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Percentage of women on Bursa Malaysia’s top 100 companies at 19.1%

October 2017. The Star Online. "The percentage of women on the boards of Bursa Malaysia’s top 100 public listed companies has increased to 19.1% as at end-September 2017, said the 30% Club Malaysia. The 30% Club Malaysia, a business group campaigning for more female directors on company boards, said only 95 out ...

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More efforts needed to achieve 30pct target of women on companies’ board

October 2017. The Straits Times. "The Malaysian Chapter of the 30% Club today has called on the corporate sector to increase effort to include more women at the decision-making level to at least 30 per cent by 2020. To date, its executive co-founding chairman Anne Abraham said only 95 out of 928 ...

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The Economic Consequences of a ‘Glass-Ceiling’: Women on Corporate Boards and Firm Value

October 2017. SSRN. "We analyze capital market reactions to exogenous departures of female board members due to death and illness. Theoretically, the 'glass-ceiling' effect implies that a more rigorous selection of female board members leads to superior qualifications of women on corporate boards. We find in short- and long-run event studies ...

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Sweden rejects quotas for women on boards of listed companies

October 2017. The Guardian. "Sweden’s parliament has rejected plans to introduce legislation that would fine listed companies who fail to appoint women to at least 40% of board seats. The leftwing government announced in September that it was drafting the legislation, but the centre-right opposition and a far-right party, which together hold ...

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Announcing the 2017 update to the Crunchbase Women in Venture report

October 2017. Tech Crunch. "In the first Crunchbase Women in Venture report (April 2016), our goal was to establish a well-defined baseline against which to measure future progress of women in the venture business. The key finding at the time was that 7 percent of the investing partners at the top 100 venture ...

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