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Inforum: Women’s Leadership in Michigan Companies Stagnates

MIThumbnailInforum Center for Leadership released its 2015 Michigan Women’s Leadership Report, a snapshot of the leadership role of women in Michigan’s top 100 public companies. The findings include:

  • Women occupy 11.5 percent of boardroom seats in the state’s top 100 public companies – their share down slightly from 11.6 percent since 2013.
  • Women’s representation among the top earners in their companies has declined from 9.6 percent two years ago to 8 percent in 2015.
  • And women today hold 13 percent of executive officer positions – exactly their share in 2013.
  • Women are entirely absent as executive officers, board Full Article

Gallup Research: Numbers are Small but Differences are Stark

Gallup has updated its research on perceptions of equity in the workplace, and while the percentages of women and men who believe their gender has negatively impacted their advancement and pay are relatively small, the magnitude of the differences between men and women is stark.

  • More than twice as likely: 12 % of women believe they have been passed over for a promotion or opportunity at work because of their gender vs. 5% of men.
  • Over four times as likely: 17% of women feel they have been denied a raise as a result of their gender vs. 4% of men. Full Article

Final Lord Davies Report, McKinsey Says Parity Could Take 100 Years

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Final Lord Davies Report issued in the UK, women benefiting from push to add cyber security experts to corporate boards, only five Fortune 500 CEOs are African American, and McKinsey says gender parity could take 100 years.  Also – who’s driving change, who’s not helping, getting girls interested in coding, and taking a jab at all-male conference panels. Read more.

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

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.

How to Find a Board Seat, More on Pay Gap

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Boards of energy companies at risk for group-think, HP announces boards for post-split companies, the number of proxy access proposals increases from 15 to over 100, and strategies for women who want to be direct and assertive without the backlash. Also, one association proves that diversity in conference speakers just takes a little more work, advocating for pay transparency in the UK, and advice for laying the groundwork to secure a board appointment. Read more.