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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).

Director Term Limits Help Boost Female Representation

A new joint study from the Cambridge Judge Business School and the 30% Club found that director term limits and corporate governance codes, not quotas, help boost female representation in top executive positions. To read more about the study, click below.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Backs Gender Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act

On March 9, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that it is backing legislation introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) that would create a diversity advisory group within the SEC to get more women on corporate boards. To read more about the announcement, click below.

Forbes: Four Things Every Female Leaders Should Know About Corporate Boards

A recent Forbes post reviews four things every female leader should know about corporate boards. To read the post, click the link below.

Report Finds Multiple Women in C-Suite Boost Profitability

A new report by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and EY finds that companies with at least 30 percent women in leadership roles may boost their net profit margins by about 15 percent compared with those with no female leaders. To read more, click the link below.

2014 Alumna Allison Leopold Tilley Elected to FBR & Co. Board

FBR & Co. (Nasdaq: FBR), a leading investment bank serving the middle market, elected 2014 DirectWomen Board Institute alumna Allison Leopold Tilley to its board, effective February 10, 2016. To read more, click below.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Introduces Bill Requiring Disclosure of Board Diversity

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., has introduced a bill that would require public companies to report the gender breakdown of their directors to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for the SEC to disclose that data in an annual report. To read more about the bill, click below.

2016 Board Institute Class Announced

DirectWomen is pleased to announce the members of its 2016 Board Institute, which will be held October 19-21, 2016 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. To read the press release announcing the 2016 class, click below.

Peggy Heeg, 2009 Alumna, Joins Columbia Pipeline Partners LP Board of Directors

Peggy Heeg, a 2009 Alumna of the DirectWomen Board Institute, has joined the board of Columbia Pipeline Partners LP (NYSE: CPPL). Peggy previously served on the board of Eagle Rock Energy Partners. To read more, click below.


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