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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.

Michelle Banks, 2015 Alumna, Profiled in ACC Docket

2015 DirectWomen Board Institute Alumna Michelle Banks was recently featured in an ACC Docket profile by Olga Mack and Carly O'Halloran Alameda. In the profile, Banks discusses the importance of having women in corporate leadership, the role of mentors in her success, and the importance of leading by example, pay equity, and board diversity. To read the full profile, click on the link below.

Sylvia Kerrigan, 2015 Alumna, Appointed to Team, Inc. Board of Directors

Sylvia Kerrigan, an alumna of the 2015 DirectWomen Board Institute, was appointed to the Team, Inc. (NYSE: TISI) Board of Directors in late December. To read further details about Sylvia's appointment, click the link below.

Board Institute Co-Chair Hillary Sale Featured in News Segment on Negotiation

Board Institute Co-Chair Professor Hillary Sale was recently featured in a TV news segment on how to successfully self-advocate in various situations, including interviews, salary negotiations, and pitches. To watch the interview, click the link below.

Bobbi Liebenberg and Stephanie Scharf Co-Author Study on Women-Led Litigation

DirectWomen Advisory Board Chair Bobbi Liebenberg and Advisory Board Member Stephanie Scharf recently co-authored a report on the status of women in lead counsel positions. To read a summary of the findings, click below.

30 Percent Coalition and Trillium Asset Management Publish White Paper on Investing for Positive Impact

DirectWomen's strategic partner, the 30 Percent Coalition, partnered with Trillium Asset Management, Root Capital, the Global Fund for Women, and the Croatan Institute to publish a white paper on frameworks on investing for positive impacts. The paper can be read by clicking the link below.

New Study Finds That Gender Equity By 2030 Is Possible, But More Action Is Needed

A new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that while 73 percent of global executives believe that women could have equal representation in boardrooms by 2030, only 44 percent believe that their company is taking active steps towards this goal. To read more about the study, click below.

GAO Issues Report On Status of U.S. Board Diversity

In December 2015, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report on the current state of board diversity. Among other findings, the GAO estimated that even if equal proportions of women and men joined boards each year beginning in 2015, it could take more than four decades for women's representation on boards to be on par with that of men's. To download the full report, click the link below.

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