Renew Your Resolve for Boardroom Gender Diversity

ION’s Tenth Annual Status Report on women directors and executive officers of public companies includes 2013 data from U.S. corporations in 18 states. While the numbers are moving slowly, thousands of highly qualified women are ready and willing to step into corporate board positions. ION must renew its resolve and focus on the “demand side” of this equation to:
  • Identify root causes and deep-seated cultural barriers/biases inhibiting real change
  • Support ION Member Organizations by providing a national voice and resources to personally engage leaders who will drive change
  • Boldly highlight gender stereotypes — and celebrate effective leaders based on results, not style


Our Loss: ION Board Member Jane Allan Bowie

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of ION Board Member Jane Allan Bowie, former executive director of Network 2000, who died August 4 of amyotropic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). In additional to ION, a long list of organizations benefitted from Jane Allen’s time, expertise and commitment to making life better for those around her. We were fortunate that the advancement of women into leadership roles was one of her passions.

You can learn more about Jane Allan through her obituary in the Baltimore Sun.

Three-Track Leadership Conference in Alabama

ION is a sponsor of the Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) 2014 Leadership Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, November 13-14 – an event offering three skill building and educational tracks for emerging, transitioning or current executive leaders. During the event, ION President Sarah Meyerrose will speak about the “secret weapon” of talent discovery, how to improve corporate performance by recognizing individuals’ capabilities and the art of selfless leadership. Each conference attendee will receive a personalized strengths assessment, a copy of Strengths Based Leadership, mentor opportunities, educational training materials and more. Read more. Nashville, TN – May 7, 2014

ION Co-Sponsors Get on Board! Event

ION announced that it will co-sponsor the upcoming southeastern regional Get on Board! event to which invited CEOs bring board-eligible women not currently serving as directors to connect with other CEOs, nominating committee members and governance chairpersons for possible board placement. Hosted by ION Member Organization OnBoard, the exclusive event for public and large private companies will be held on April 3, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more. Nashville, TN – March 26, 2014

ION Comments on Joint Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies, Urges Emphasis on Outcomes

ION has commented on the Proposed Interagency Policy Statement authored by the OCC, BGFRS, FDIC, NCUA, CFPB, and SEC which would assess the diversity policies and practices of the entities these agencies regulate. While ION welcomes the development of the joint standards, it would encourage the regulating agencies to place more emphasis on the assessment and disclosure of the outcomes and impact of the regulating agencies’ diversity and inclusion initiatives. Read more. Nashville, TN – March 6, 2014