State Street Global Advisors Announces the Addition of 61 New Companies to its Gender Diversity Index

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), announced recent updates to the composition of its SSGA Gender Diversity Index (Index).

DirectWomen Alumna Hilarie Bass Officially Became President of the American Bar Association this Week

Incoming ABA President Hilarie Bass outlines the focus of her presidency with initiatives on reforming legal education; advancing women in the law; establishing a legal fact check program; and addressing the legal needs of homeless youth. Bass addressed the ABA House delegates on Aug. 14 during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.

New Piece from MCCA on Increasing Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

Minority Corporate Counsel Association published a piece as part of its Summer 2017 publication focusing on how gender boardroom diversity can be increased in the Europe, Canada, and the United States.

Asset Managers Support Shareholder Proposals For Board Diversity—Will It Make A Difference?

There’s been chatter about board gender diversity for a long time and, while there has been some modest progress, we have yet to see any dramatic breakthroughs. Now some of the largest asset managers are not just talking the talk, they are also walking the walk. Will it make a difference? Time will tell.

Even After the Glass Ceiling Yields, Female Executives Find Shaky Ground

Several months ago, it appeared as if 2017 would be a bit of a breakout year for women in the C-Suite because, for the first time, more than 5 percent of chief executive roles at publicly traded companies on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index were held by women.

Covington and DirectWomen Host Presentation About Women on Corporate Boards

On Wednesday, July 26, Covington's San Francisco and Silicon Valley Women's Forum groups hosted a presentation in conjunction with DirectWomen on the topic of women on corporate boards.

The Truth About the Boardroom? Lack of Diversity Holds Boards Back

Companies could be more effective if they were more focused on achieving greater gender, skills and ethnic diversity at boardroom level, Inspirefest 2017 heard recently.

DirectWomen Alumna Kathleen Wilson-Thompson Elected to Board of Ashland

Ashland (NYSE: ASH) today announced it has elected two new members to its board of directors, bringing the size of the board to 11 directors.

Ethisphere Releases Gender Diversity 2017 Forum Recap

As an increasing amount of data shows, gender diversity has emerged as a business imperative and a well-established best practice that strengthens the overall sustainability and governance of global companies. It’s not just a nice component to have in a business plan; the data now proves its economic value. In a new political and regulatory landscape, however, one might wonder, is the concept of gender diversity easier said than done?

Fewer Women Fill Seats on Boards, Heidrick & Struggles Study Reveals

In 2016, the report said, Fortune 500 companies filled 421 vacant or newly-created board seats with independent directors, a new high for the second year in a row. But the number of open seats occupied by women dropped to 117, down from 119 in 2015. The percentage of women appointed to boards, as a result, fell two points, to 27.8 percent, ending a streak of seven straight years of gains for women on boards.

Investors Want More Women, Minorities on Corporate Boards

Big investors including the Massachusetts pension fund and State Street Global Advisors are pushing companies they invest in to diversify their boards.

Why Women Aren't C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

More than 40 years after women began pouring into the workplace, only a handful have made it all the way to the top of corporate America. The percentage of chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who are women just passed 6 percent, creeping up (and occasionally dropping back) at a glacial pace. Why don’t more women get that No. 1 job?

Tech Industry GCs Share Tips On Curbing ‘Bro Culture’

The all-female panel discussed sexism in both tech and the legal industry, with moderator Mallun Yen, an executive vice president at patent risk management firm RPX Corp., saying she’d raised the “thorny topic” because “the people in this room hold an enormous amount of power and influence.”

Fewer Women Fill Seats on Boards, Heidrick & Struggles Study Reveals

After years of progress in winning directorships, women lost some ground last year. Much work remains, say the experts, but hope for parity remains undimmed.

BlackRock Puts Its Votes Behind Proposals to Get Women on Boards

The world’s largest asset manager said it supported eight out of nine shareholder proposals on board diversity at annual meetings in the U.S. and Canada during the second quarter this year, according to a report posted on its website Thursday. At five of those companies, the firm said that it also voted against board members on the nominating committee "for failure to address investor concerns" on the issue.