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DirectWomen Advisory Board Member Brande Stellings Quoted in Washington Post Article on New Wall Street Statue

"I feel like every other month a new study comes out that makes the case for gender diversity in corporate leadership,” said Brande Stellings, vice president of corporate board services for Catalyst, the nonprofit research firm. “But clearly the business case is not providing the motivation. To see important players like State Street say we’re going to be looking at this, and we’re going to be holding you accountable — I think that’s a significant development.”

Karyn Polak is Destroying Exclusivity

PNC’s deputy general counsel knows that when employees reflect the demographics they serve, both the community and the bottom line prosper.

The Work it Takes to Diversify the Boardroom

Connie Collingsworth explains how a change in the boardroom needs to come not only from inside, but from outside forces.

Bank of Montreal CEO on Diversity, Honesty, Their Ties to Lasting Value

Often, when male executives are asked why they champion gender equality in the workplace, they look to the women in their lives.

Women Don't Get to Run Top Board Committees

Women now hold about a fifth of board seats at big U.S. companies. That share has gone up over the past couple of decades; in 1999 just 11.2 percent of Fortune 500 board members were women. But what kind of roles and responsibilities are these women getting?

DirectWomen Alumna Connie Collingsworth Presented Distinguished Alumni Award by University of Nebraska College of Law

The College of Law presents annual alumni awards in the areas of distinguished alumna/us and outstanding service to recognize an outstanding graduate of the College of Law for rare distinction in professional achievement.

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.

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 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.

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.

Investors Push Corporate Boards to Add Women, People of Color

The small but growing number of shareholder votes on diversity proposals in on pace to match or exceed the record set last year, according to data compiled by ISS Analytics, which tracks proxies.

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.

State Street to Start Voting Against Companies That Don’t Have Women Directors

Index-fund giant State Street Global Advisors on Tuesday will begin pushing big companies to put more women on their boards, initially demanding change at those firms without any female directors.

How Attorneys Can Navigate a Career Toward the Boardroom

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

March 2017 Update from Bobbi Liebenberg, DirectWomen Chair

In March 2017, Bobbi Liebenberg distributed an update to members of the DirectWomen community. The public text of that update is posted here.


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