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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.

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.

A Bunch of Men Were Asked What They Think About Diversity on Corporate Boards -- The Answer Won't Surprise You

Some fresh data just came out on attitudes among corporate board members, and it says a lot about how far the business world has to go when it comes to breaking the old boys club.

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.

A $2.5 Trillion Asset Manager Just Put a Statue of a Defiant Girl in Front of the Wall Street Bull

The world's third-largest asset manager installed a bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street's iconic charging bull statue on Tuesday morning as part of its new campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards.

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.

Diversifying the Boardroom: Mary Quazzo Discusses the Chief Legal Officer's Role

Quazzo is a strong advocate for diversifying the boardroom. She was part of the inaugural class of DirectWomen, a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards, in 2007. Since then, she has continued to speak out about diversity issues and efforts.

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.


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Ann Harlan

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