Posts Tagged "united states"

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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Opinion: Does it matter how many women sit on corporate boards?

June 2016. Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby argues that it trivializes gender equality, in the corporate world or anywhere else, to be reduced to nothing but a body count. He says that what should concern those who value male-female diversity is not whether 20 percent or 40 percent of board members are ...

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Glass ceiling: Women hold only one of five board positions

June 2016. Men land four of every five board seats, according to a survey by Catalyst, which specializes in finding ways to promote women within organizations. The stats are even worse when it comes to female CEOs. They hold only 4.2% of the elite top jobs. “Men continue to be overrepresented, holding more than ...

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Leaning in to Board Diversity: Nasdaq Governance Clearinghouse Articles

The Nasdaq Governance Clearinghouse shared a series of three articles tackling the challenges and payoffs of improving board diversity. PDFs of the articles are linked below. It's Time for Companies to Lean in to Board Diversity Leaning in to Board Diversity through Disclosure Leaning in to Diversity through Board Refreshment  

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Amid rapid change, tech boardrooms remain filled with men

April 2016. The opportunity was there: vacant board seats, a call for more directors. Yet in several recent shakeups at Bay Area tech firms — from giants like Yahoo and numerous startups where venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has a seat — no one took the opportunity to appoint a woman to ...

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Women on boards: A matter of supply? Or demand?

April 2016. A recent boardroom study conducted by Harvard Business School, the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart asked board members: “What is the primary reason that the number of women on boards is not increasing?” The number one response of men aged 56 to 65 was “lack of qualified ...

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Men Seeking Women for Boards Looking in All the Wrong Places

April 2016. The men who dominate corporate boards in the U.S. still tend to pick men when seats open up. It may be that way because they’re old -- and don’t know where to look. Many of the baby-boomer guys who hold the majority of director positions are convinced it’s difficult if ...

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Breaking Down the Gender Challenge

March 2016. Corporate ambitions to achieve gender parity often produce scattershot initiatives. It’s easy to see why: gender parity is a huge undertaking, with many dimensions in which executives must reimagine their zone and culture, put in place multiyear plans, add infrastructure, and improve services. McKinsey's latest research suggests that leaders ...

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Gender Diversity on Boards: The Future Is Almost Here

March 2016. In their Corporate Governance column, David A. Katz and Laura A. McIntosh write that a combination of regulatory, legislative, and investor-driven efforts is likely to accelerate the progress that has been made to date toward greater gender diversity and perhaps, one day, gender parity, on public company boards. Read ...

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WSJ Special Coverage: Women in the Workplace

Why aren’t there more women in the upper ranks of corporate America? A major new study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co reveals that despite some progress, women are still underrepresented at every level in corporations, and that they face a playing field that they believe is anything but level. ...

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