ION Reports

Since 2004, ION’s reports have turned the lens on domestic public companies of all sizes, supplementing research provided by Catalyst focused on Fortune 500 Companies. This year, for our Tenth Annual Status Report, we formed a strategic alliance with GMI Ratings International to provide the key statistical data for all Russell 3000 companies in the 18 ION-represented states, among other research support. Detailed state-by-state data will be available in late 2013.

While the numbers are moving slowly, thousands of highly qualified women are ready and willing to step into corporate board positions. So now ION must 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

Executive Summary

Download the Executive Summary of ION’s Annual Status Report of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Public Companies in 18 US Regions.

A Lesson in Diversity

Companies can be leaders even without the mandate of public officials or prodding by institutional investors. Leading Companies highlighted in previous ION reports offer many lessons:

  • Gender diversity at the top is a business imperative, not just a feel-good initiative: board’s composition must reflect the environment in which the company operates and competes
  • Leading companies that have added multiple women directors have done so not by specifically recruiting women, but by identifying the board’s strategic needs and seeking the best-qualified candidates to fill those gaps
  • Exceptionally well-qualified women can be found. Sometimes it’s just necessary to expand a board search beyond the usual networks, or direct retained search firms to seek out talented women
  • Qualified women directors can be found in every industry and sector of the economy
  • A diverse board results in high-quality discussion and results

Past ION Reports

The 16 States Represented by ION:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin