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April 2016 Update from Bobbi Liebenberg, DirectWomen Chair

In April 2016, Bobbi Liebenberg distributed an update to members of the DirectWomen community. The public text of that update is posted here.

February 2016 Update from Bobbi Liebenberg, DirectWomen Chair

In February 2016, Bobbi Liebenberg distributed an update to members of the DirectWomen community. The public text of that update is posted here.

Equilar Diversity Index Predicts Board Parity in 2055

The new Equilar Gender Diversity Index (GDI) revealed that it will take nearly 40 years for Russell 3000 boards of directors to reach gender parity. To read more, click the link below.

Deloitte and Alliance for Board Diversity Release Census

In 2016, Deloitte and the Alliance for Board Diversity released their annual census of women and minorities on Fortune 500 boards. To view the report, click below.

Ego Plays Role in Slow Board Turnover

Carol SingletonSlade, who leads Egon Zehnder's U.S. boards practice, recently posited that long board tenure is tied up with cultural mindset and ego. To read more, click below.

2012 Alumna Susan Alexander Elected to Board of Invacare

2012 DirectWomen Board Institute Susan Alexander was elected to the Board of Invacare in 2016. To read more about Susan, and her appointment, click below.

Hillary Sale, Board Institute Chair, Named to FINRA Board of Governors

Hillary A. Sale, DirectWomen Advisory Board Member and the Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute, has been named to the FINRA Board of Governors. To read more, click below.

New Study Finds Women Supply Missing Skills to Boards

The Wall Street Journal reports a new study's findings that women elected to corporate boards often have more experience with risk management and human resources than their male counterparts. To read more, click below.

Harvard Business Review Examines Board Director Perspectives on Gender Quotas

An article posted on the Harvard Business Review website examines the perspectives on gender quotas for boards held by existing directors. To read the article, click on the link below.

DirectWomen Chair Bobbi Liebenberg Honored with 2016 Margaret Brent Award

DirectWomen Chair Bobbi Liebenberg was honored with the 2016 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession during its awards ceremony luncheon on Sunday, August 7, 2016 during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. To view an inspiring video about Bobbi's success, and to watch her accept her award, please click below.

Susan Lanigan, DirectWomen Alumna, Joins Board of Kirkland's, Inc.

Susan Lanigan, a 2015 Alumna of the DirectWomen Board Institute, will join the Kirkland's, Inc. (NASDAQ: KIRK) board at the company's June 1 annual meeting. To read more, click the link below.

Canadian Board Diversity Council Highlights Need for Different Types of Diversity

A recent article in the Globe and Mail discusses the need for a wider approach to board diversity than is traditionally considered. To read the article, click the link below.

Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann Profiled By New York Times

Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Director of Procter & Gamble, was recently profiled by the New York Times. Dr. Desmond-Hellmann accepted DirectWomen's Board Diversity Award on behalf of Procter & Gamble at the 2015 Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Awards Luncheon. To read the profile, please click the link below.

Diverse Boards Correlate With Increased Executive Pay

A recent analysis by compensation research firm Equilar found that companies with more diverse boards have higher average executive pay than those with less diverse boards. To read a New York Times article on this topic, please click below.

SEC Chair Mary Jo White Delivers Keynote to International Corporate Governance Network Conference

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently delivered the keynote to the International Corporate Governance Network Annual Conference. Among other topics, White discussed draft board diversity disclosure requirements. To read the full text, click below.

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