New Report: Successful Strategies to Advance Corporate Board Diversity

State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg announced the release of a comprehensive report from her “Bringing Diversity on Board” initiative, an effort she launched earlier this year to help corporate leaders advance diversity in the boardroom. In May, Goldberg organized three roundtables in Boston that brought together participants from the following industries: technology; finance; and health care, biotechnology, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. The report provides a detailed overview of the successful strategies and action items shared at the roundtables.

New Study Shows that Women Are Losing Ground in Corporate America

Women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager—so far fewer end up on the path to leadership—and are less likely to be hired into more senior positions. Women also get less access to the people, input, and opportunities that accelerate careers. As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see.

DirectWomen Alumna Kim Rivera on Gender Pay Equity in the Legal Profession

Studies continue to show a gender pay disparity in the legal profession. But there are ways to help close the gap, Kim Rivera, chief legal officer and general counsel at HP Inc., said at a recent event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City focused on celebrating — and honoring — women who have broken through barriers to become leaders in the practice of law.

The Share of Women Appointed to Fortune 500 Boards Declined Last Year

The steady march toward gender parity among Fortune 500 board appointees reversed abruptly last year, according to the Board Monitor report that executive search and leadership consultancy Heidrick & Struggles released Monday.

Podcast Features DirectWomen Board Member Alan Bryan on Diversity and His Role at Walmart

Alan Bryan is the leader of the Office of Outside Counsel Management & Legal Operations for Walmart Stores. He transitioned from law firm partnership to in-house counsel managing litigation for the world’s largest retailer. Today his office oversees his company’s relationships with all outside counsel measuring performance, cost and diversity.

Travelzoo Becomes the Only U.S. Listed Company with an 80% Female Board

Global travel deals publisher Travelzoo today announced it has become the only U.S. listed company to have 80% of its board of director seats held by women—the highest female-to-male ratio of any NASDAQ or NYSE-listed company.

Bloomberg Law Article on Prominent General Counsels Features DirectWomen Alumnae

More and more women are being hired for the top lawyer jobs in Fortune 500 companies, and more of them are being hired via external searches instead of promoted from within, a new study has found.

Simmons First National Corp. Names DirectWomen Alumna Susan Lanigan to Board of Directors

Susan S. Lanigan of Nashville, Tenn., has been added to the Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ: SFNC) board of directors, it was announced today by George Makris Jr., Simmons’ chairman and chief executive officer.

2017 Best of the Boardroom Profile: DirectWomen Honoree Patricia Diaz Dennis

Attorney Patricia Diaz Dennis has fought to promote equality and protect human rights over the course of her career in both public and private sectors. Now, the former Assistant Secretary of State contributes her expertise, passion, and values in a variety of boardrooms.

How Attorneys Can Navigate a Career Toward the Boardroom

There are some steps lawyers can take to position themselves well for future board service.

DirectWomen Alumna Kathleen Franklin Elected to Board of Directors

2007 DirectWomen Board Institute Alumna and former Advisory Board member Kathleen Franklin was elected in May to the Board of Bank of the Ozarks, Inc., a major regional bank in 9 states and with approximately $19 billion in assets.

Women Employees Boost the Bottom Line for Tech Firms

The better a tech company’s gender diversity the greater its returns, on average, according to new research by Morgan Stanley.

DirectWomen Alumna Suzanne Rich Folsom Featured in American Lawyer

When Suzanne Folsom came in as general counsel of U.S. Steel in 2014, she joined an industry that, she says, "has been managing its decline for a long time." From there she started a campaign to educate government officials and the public of the national security concerns presented by a country without domestic steel manufacturing.

ION Releases Annual Update of Women Directors and Executive Officers in the Regions

More than one-third of working women--nearly 28 million-- hold managerial positions in the US, stepping into critical leadership roles and leading innovation across all sectors of society.

DirectWomen Alumna Connie Collingsworth to Participate in Panel Discussion at the International Women's Forum

The panel will be a part of a conference in Stockholm, Sweden entitled, "A More Sustainable World: Movements & Markets." Collingsworth will participate in the panel called "Solve Problems, Shape Opportunities," and will discuss how businesses, NGOs, and international organizations can contribute to development, paying particular attention to how targeted private capital can drive opportunity, especially for women.