The Best Firms For Women And Minority Attorneys

Even among firms that are leaders on diversity, only a few are consistently above-average on hiring and promoting women and minorities throughout their ranks, according to a pair of Law360 surveys.

Women Continue to be Severely Underrepresented on the Boards of Tech Companies

Concerted efforts to address gender disparities and a Silicon Valley sexual harassment scandal that has focused greater attention on the treatment of women have done little to crack tech's ultimate glass ceiling. Women continue to be severely underrepresented on the boards of tech companies, both public and private, even as the number of women on corporate boards overall ticks up slightly, new research shows.

What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity

The business case for diversity is clear. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement, and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels. And many diversity programs fail. Based on evidence that diversity initiatives are more effective if they start at the top, I interviewed 11 CEOs who have made a public commitment to diversity about how they are creating more diverse workforces.

CalPERS Champions Board Diversity Campaign Across 500+ US Companies

Continuing its push for diversity among boards, The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) sent letters to 504 Russell 3000 Index companies calling for changes in the appearance of their boards of directors.

Catalyst Releases New Census on Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

According to the census, women hold only 21.2% of board seats at S&P 500 Companies.

State Street Global Advisors Announces the Addition of 61 New Companies to its Gender Diversity Index

State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the asset management business of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), announced recent updates to the composition of its SSGA Gender Diversity Index (Index).

DirectWomen Alumna Hilarie Bass Officially Became President of the American Bar Association this Week

Incoming ABA President Hilarie Bass outlines the focus of her presidency with initiatives on reforming legal education; advancing women in the law; establishing a legal fact check program; and addressing the legal needs of homeless youth. Bass addressed the ABA House delegates on Aug. 14 during the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.

New Piece from MCCA on Increasing Gender Diversity on Corporate Boards

Minority Corporate Counsel Association published a piece as part of its Summer 2017 publication focusing on how gender boardroom diversity can be increased in the Europe, Canada, and the United States.

Asset Managers Support Shareholder Proposals For Board Diversity—Will It Make A Difference?

There’s been chatter about board gender diversity for a long time and, while there has been some modest progress, we have yet to see any dramatic breakthroughs. Now some of the largest asset managers are not just talking the talk, they are also walking the walk. Will it make a difference? Time will tell.

Even After the Glass Ceiling Yields, Female Executives Find Shaky Ground

Several months ago, it appeared as if 2017 would be a bit of a breakout year for women in the C-Suite because, for the first time, more than 5 percent of chief executive roles at publicly traded companies on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index were held by women.

Covington and DirectWomen Host Presentation About Women on Corporate Boards

On Wednesday, July 26, Covington's San Francisco and Silicon Valley Women's Forum groups hosted a presentation in conjunction with DirectWomen on the topic of women on corporate boards.

The Truth About the Boardroom? Lack of Diversity Holds Boards Back

Companies could be more effective if they were more focused on achieving greater gender, skills and ethnic diversity at boardroom level, Inspirefest 2017 heard recently.

DirectWomen Alumna Kathleen Wilson-Thompson Elected to Board of Ashland

Ashland (NYSE: ASH) today announced it has elected two new members to its board of directors, bringing the size of the board to 11 directors.

Ethisphere Releases Gender Diversity 2017 Forum Recap

As an increasing amount of data shows, gender diversity has emerged as a business imperative and a well-established best practice that strengthens the overall sustainability and governance of global companies. It’s not just a nice component to have in a business plan; the data now proves its economic value. In a new political and regulatory landscape, however, one might wonder, is the concept of gender diversity easier said than done?

Fewer Women Fill Seats on Boards, Heidrick & Struggles Study Reveals

In 2016, the report said, Fortune 500 companies filled 421 vacant or newly-created board seats with independent directors, a new high for the second year in a row. But the number of open seats occupied by women dropped to 117, down from 119 in 2015. The percentage of women appointed to boards, as a result, fell two points, to 27.8 percent, ending a streak of seven straight years of gains for women on boards.