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Business Case for More Women in the Boardroom

Business Case for More Women in the Boardroom

  Business Case   Study after study show companies perform better with gender diversity in their leadership. This chart issued last year of 2,400 companies worldwide shows a clear correlation. On their current wish list for new director backgrounds, S&P 500 companies ranked women equal to their wish for active […]

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HeForShe Campaign launched at UN

HeForShe Campaign launched at UN

A speech by Emma Watson, who played Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter, at the UN headquarters last weekend, set the tone for how men should become a part of the conversation on feminism. She named the campaign HeForShe. She said, “how can we affect change in the world when only […]

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What Kind of Women Join Microsoft’s Board?

What Kind of Women Join Microsoft’s Board?

Is having CEO experience essential for a board position? The answer is no. According to a 2012 report from Spencer Stuart,  a major search firm for board seats,  only 24% of new female directors at S&P 500 firms had CEO/President/COO or Chairman/Vice Chair experience.  Over the past few years,  the CPA route […]

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Board Candidates with Cyber-Risk Knowledge Are Needed

Board Candidates with Cyber-Risk Knowledge Are Needed

In a speech on June 10,  entitled Boards of Directors, Corporate Governance and Cyber-Risks: Sharpening the Focus, Luis A. Aguilar, Commissioner, SEC, stated that “many boards lack the technical expertise necessary to be able to evaluate whether management is taking appropriate steps to address cybersecurity issues.” For a reading of the Commissioners […]

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Women on corporate boards help companies strike better deals

Women on corporate boards help companies strike better deals

A 2013 study from the University of British Columbia reveals that female directors appear to bring down the costs of acquiring other companies, according to new research from the University of British Columbia, and they also tend to make fewer overall acquisition bids than companies that don’t have women on their boards. […]

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Why Women on Boards – Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Chairman’s Interview

Santa Barbara Bank & Trust’s Chairman Ed Birch was interviewed for a story about the contributions of a woman on their board.  Ed had wanted a woman who was bright, sharp, willing to collaborate, but who would effectively challenge the comfort zone of the status quo.  “Kathy Odell brought all […]

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