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ABA's Perspectives Features DirectWomen

A column in Perspectives, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession's quarterly publication, highlights both the work of DirectWomen and the passage of the ABA's House of Delegates resolution in favor of board diversity disclosures. To read the column, written by Commission Chair Michele Coleman Mayes, click below.

Firms Increase Push for Gender Parity at Board Level

The Wall Street Journal reports that a small but growing number of U.S. companies have intensified their push to increase the ranks of women on their boards, with particular attention to the ways they work to recruit female directors. To read more, click the link below.

Lexology Blog Provides Overview on Approaches to Increasing Board Diversity

A Lexology Blog post contributed by 2016 DirectWomen sponsor Cooley LLP provides an overview of successful approaches to increasing board diversity. To read the post, click below.

Bloomberg Gender Equality Index Reveals Investments in Gender Equality

The new Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equality Index (GEI) provides an overview of 26 public companies that have made clear investments in providing opportunities for women. To read more, click below.

Heidrick & Struggles Report Finds Board Diversity Efforts Still Lagging

Heidrick & Struggles annual report on the board composition of large companies finds that efforts to diversify boards are still lagging. To read details and highlights of the report, click the link below.

NYC Comptroller's Office Introduces New Corporate Governance Principles for Pension Funds

In May, the NYC Comptroller's Office announced the adoption by the NYC Pension Funds of new Corporate Governance Principles and Proxy Voting Guidelines, which include board diversity guidelines. To read the press release announcing these changes, click below.

Emily Ward, 2015 Alumna, Profiled By ACC Docket

Emily Ward, a 2015 alumna of the DirectWomen Board Institute, was recently profiled by the ACC Docket. To read the full profile, which includes discussion of DirectWomen, click below.

Gender Diversity on Boards Steadily, But Slowly, Increases

An article published by the New York Law Journal provides an update and overview on the current status of gender diversity on boards, including an overview of regulatory and legislative actions, investor-driven efforts, and growing consensus in the business community. To read the article, click below. A free subscription is required.

Number of All-Male Fortune 500 Boards Increases

In discouraging news, Fortune has found that the number of Fortune 500 company all-male boards has actually increased from 2015. To read more, click below.

Pax World Advances Gender Diversity at Cognizant Network Solutions

Pax World Management LLC, a leader in investing in women, recently announced that it had a successful shareholder engagement with Cognizant Technology Solutions to improve its board diversity practices and policies. To read more, click below.

UAW Retirement Fund Leading Summit to Press on Board Diversity

The United Auto Workers' retirement fund will be pressing the issue of board diversity policies at a mid-May gathering of investors, executive search firms, professional associations, and companies. To read more, click below.

Stephanie Hildebrandt, DirectWomen Alumna, Appointed to Rice Midstream Partners LP Board

Stephanie Hildebrandt, a 2012 Alumna of the DirectWomen Board Institute, was appointed to the Rice Midstream Partners LP Board of Directors on March 18, 2016. Stephanie also serves on the Board of TRC Companies, Inc. To read more about Rice Midstream Partners and Stephanie's appointment, click the link below.

DirectWomen Featured in Law Practice Today Article

DirectWomen Chair Bobbi Liebenberg and Alumnae Peggy Heeg and Sylvia Kerrigan are all featured in a recent article posted to In the article, author Andi Cullins reviews the challenges women and attorneys face in joining a corporate board. The article also highlights the role DirectWomen's Board Institute can play in addressing those challenges. To read, click the link below.

Activist Investors Not Nominating Women Directors

Multiple recent articles have addressed the role of activist investors in increasing board diversity.

Equilar Reports Female Executives Aren't Making It Into the Boardroom

Research Firm Equilar Inc recently released a report which found that only 14% of female C-Suite executives serve on corporate boards. To read more, click the link below (Wall Street Journal subscription required).


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