Representing the 28 million women working in management and professional roles across the nation, ION is the only confederation of member organizations in the US engaged in increasing the number of women in senior business leadership.

Through our annual research reports, the sharing of best practices, thought leadership and board search referrals, ION provides a national platform and voice for collaboration, education, advocacy, and outreach for the advancement of women across corporate America.


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Advancing Women to Corporate Boards and Executive Suites

Established in 2004, ION is a national consortium whose mission is to increase the number of women appointed to corporate boards and to the executive suite. 

Gender Diversity in Corporate America at a Standstill

13percentION’s Annual Census of Women Board Directors and Executive Officers of public companies includes 2014 data from U.S. corporations in the Russell 3000 (R3000).

As has been the case in the past, the numbers show little change – only 13% of the corporate board seats and executive officer positions in the R3000 are held by women.

For more information or a copy of the latest report: ION Reports

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Network 2000 to Feature Sheila C. Johnson at Annual Women of Excellence Event n2000

Network 2000 has announced that entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson will be the featured speaker at their Women of Excellence event on November 5, 2015. Johnson’s long list of professional roles and accomplishments includes serving as CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, which she founded in 2005, and serving as president and managing partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams, including the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

Central Exchange Celebrates 35 Years of Service with “35 for 35” Project CX35logo

ION member organization, the Central Exchange, celebrated its 35th anniversary in June by kicking off the “35 for 35” Project, which encourages Central Exchange members to volunteer their time to the community.  Central Exchange has identified 35 area nonprofit organizations and is scheduling specific days for volunteering at each organization.

Central Exchange chief executive CiCi Rojas noted that the “35 for 35” project has two goals – to create networking opportunities for its members and to support community organizations. Dates have already been identified for 18 organizations through the end of 2015; eventually all 35 organizations will benefit from the volunteer efforts of CX members and the public.

Network 2000 Releases Most Recent Census of Women on Boards in Maryland

Maryland’s Network 2000 has released updated numbers for women on board and serving as executive officers in the public companies headquartered in the state. The organization reported a slight increase in the percentage of board seats held by women (from 13.3% to 14.2%). They also reported an increase in the number of companies with no women on their boards and among those with no women in either board and executive officer positions. (05/2015)

ION President JoAnn Cavallaro Recognized As a Most Influential Woman in Boston

The Women of the Harvard Club Leadership Committee has recognized ION President JoAnn Cavallaro as one of Boston’s Most Influential Women. (04/2015)

FWA Recognizes Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, as a TrailBlazer

Financial Women’s Association (FWA) honored Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte LLP as the “Trailblazer of the Year” at their 2015 Women of the Year Awards Dinner on May 11 at the Grand Hyatt New York City. Earlier this year, Engelbert became the first woman to lead one of the major professional services in the US. (04/2015)

ION Board Member and Managing Director Participate in EUCI Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

LOGOION board member Donna Evans, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Foundation/Chamber of Commerce in Colorado, and ION Managing Director Julie Graber  participated in the EUCI Leadership Conference for Women in Energy in June 2015. Evans participated in a panel discussion regarding strategies for increasing the number of women on corporate boards, which Graber moderated using ION research data.  Graber also moderated a panel discussion on the most recent research regarding women and leadership. Attendees included the top women in the energy industry in the US. (06/2015)

The Board Connection Updates Numbers for Texas

ION Member The Board Connection is reporting progress in their 2014 Report: Voices Being Heard for women on boards in Texas. Their analysis showed an increase in the percentage of board seats held by women in companies headquartered in the state as well as a decrease in the number of companies with no women on their boards. (03/2015)

Financial Women’s Association Partners with Forbes for Special Section in 2015 Investment Guide

This is the fifth year that New York’s Financial Women’s Association (FWA) has partnered with Forbes to include a special section for the Forbes annual Investment Guide. The section, In Good Company: Women Answer the Global Talent Imperativesays companies are reshaping their definitions of leadership to include the skills and strengths women bring to those roles in order to develop and retain the leaders they need to meet the demands of the global economy.  The section also highlights the work of FWA in advancing women’s leadership through its programs and services. (01/2015)

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