Celebrating its 10th year, ION is a national consortium whose mission is to increase the number of women appointed to corporate boards and to executive suites.

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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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.

Additional data points from this year’s analysis:
  • 897 companies have no women on their boards
  • 31 of the companies with no women on their boards are Fortune 500 companies – 3 are Fortune 100 companies
  • 37% of the companies in the R3000 have only 1 woman on their boards (making “one and done” standard operating procedure)

In somewhat better news:

  • 402 companies in the R3000 have boards where women hold 25% or more of the director seats
  • 5 companies have gender parity on their boards (50:50) and 4 are greater than 50% female

Consistent with research that shows that smaller companies lag behind the larger public companies in appointing women to their boards, we analyzed the top 1000 companies in the R3000 and compared the results to the numbers for the bottom two-thirds of the companies in the R3000 (companies 1001 to 2827 – also referred to as the Russell 2000).  The difference is substantial:

  • Women hold 17% of the board seats in the R1000 (companies 1-1000)
  • Women hold only 11% of the board seats in the R2000 (companies 1001-3000)

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

September 15, 2014


Financial Women’s Association to Honor Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, on May 11

Financial Women’s Association will honor 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.  For ticket information, see the event website. (04/2015)

ION Board Members to Participate in EUCI Leadership Conference for Women in Energy

LOGO ION board member Donna Evans, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Foundation/Chamber of Commerce in Colorado, and ION Managing Director Julie Graber are scheduled to participate in the EUCI Leadership Conference for Women in Energy in June 2015. Evans will participate in a panel discussion regarding strategies for increasing the number of women on corporate boards, which Graber will moderate using ION research data.  Graber will also moderate a panel discussion on the most recent research regarding women and leadership. Attendees will include the top women in the energy industry in the US. (03/2015)

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)

From 2014:

Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia Releases Annual Census for Region’s Top 100 Companies (10/2014)
Women’s Economic Development Council Releases 2014 Census Report (11/2014)
WELD Releases 2015 Women You Should Know Calendar to Highlight Professional Accomplishments of Women in Central Ohio
ION in the News: CalSTRS and The Thirty Percent Coalition Expand Campaign for More Women on Corporate Boards (10/2014)
Wisconsin Board Diversity Improving, But More Work to Be Done, Says Milwaukee Women Inc. in Partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Committee  (10/2014)
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Companies Leading the Way With Women on Their Boards (09/2014)
ION Report Shows Only 13 Percent of Board Members, Executive Officers Are Women (09/2014)
ION President and The Boston Club Member JoAnn Cavallaro Says There’s Light on the Horizon for Increasing Women on Boards

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