BNY Mellon and the UN Foundation have released Return on Equality: Investment Opportunities to Help Close the Global Gender Gap, a compelling new report that underscores the urgency and opportunities for closing the global gender gap and proposes steps investors can take to advance progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Read more.
Thanks to ION Member Financial Women’s Association for access to this report.
The Financial Women’s Association is once again partnering with Forbes on a special section for their 2017 Investment Guide. This year’s section is: In Good Company: Empowering Today’s Female Millennials to Become Tomorrow’s CEO’s. Forbes will distribute copies of this special section at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Davos.
The Women’s Leadership Foundation of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has developed a Summary of Sources for Qualified Female Board Candidates. The guide includes sources that charge no fees for placements as well as fee-for-services organizations.
The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce will celebrate five years of honoring Colorado’s most powerful and influential women in business on Thursday, January, 12, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00pm at the Marriott City Center.
The anniversary celebration and event will recognize the achievements of 25 women from the Denver-metro community who serve as role models for other business women for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries, and groundbreakers who inspire others. Since 2013, one hundred women have been honored, and those women will be included in this fifth anniversary celebration.
The recent Skytop Strategies symposium on gender equality in the C-suite and boardroom included a roundtable discussion on the differences in potential vs. performance as it relates to how board candidates are evaluated by search firms and nominating committees. The discussion drew on the research that shows that women and men are often held to different standards in corporate settings, where women are evaluated on past performance while men are evaluated on future potential (Catalyst, 2011; Barsh, 2011).
The roundtable participants made Full Article
On December 7th, The Boston Club held its annual Corporate Salute and celebrated the Club’s 40th anniversary. The event broke attendance records with 835 attendees and culminated in the declaration of January 2017 as Women’s Leadership Month by Governor Charlie Baker. Beth Comstock, Vice Chairman of GE was the keynote speaker.
The Club released its most recent census of women directors and executive officers, reporting increases in the percentage of seats held by women on boards (18.6%) and the number of companies with three or more women directors (19), as well as Full Article
16th Annual Women on Boards Report Reveals Encouraging Trends but Not Enough Change to Alter Overall Picture
PHILADELPHIA – (October 27, 2016) – More companies in the Philadelphia region are capitalizing on the expertise and experience of women leaders by selecting them for their boards of directors, according to The Forum of Executive Women’s annual Women on Boards Report, which is being released today at The Forum’s Annual Leadership Breakfast. The report — Forces pushing for progress in the boardroom and C-suite — provides a status on the number of women leaders at public companies, universities and health Full Article
Denver, Colorado, October 25, 2016 – The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce will honor and recognize members of the Colorado legislature for their work promoting women in business and their efforts encouraging growth in Colorado on Thursday, November 17, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at The Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion.
This year’s honorees are:
Senator Laura Woods has helped mothers and families in Colorado through her sponsorship of HB16-1387, which requires insurance companies to pay for medically-needed infant formula due to severe allergies or illness. Senator Woods has also been outspoken in her efforts to pass construction defects Full Article
The 7th annual SAIS conference on board diversity was framed around two questions: do we need a national campaign to drive boardroom diversity in the US? And if so, should that campaign include a national target?
As has been the case in the past, participants from countries that have used targets (or quotas) to increase board diversity expressed strong support for the idea of a national goal, suggesting that it was necessary in order to get the issue of boardroom diversity “on the table” in the US. Those who were opposed to a national target argued that the Full Article
September 26, 2016 – McKinsey & Co. & LeanIn.Org released results from a recent survey of 34,000 men and women across more than 130 companies, and the findings were disheartening (Women in the Workplace 2016). Although more than 75% of the CEOs included gender diversity in their business priorities, apparently no one is listening. The survey found that: