LeadershipTV Makes the Case for Lawyer-Directors
In the second episode of Heidrick & Struggles's LeadershipTV, Victoria Reese makes the case for the value that lawyer-directors can bring to the boardroom. Reese explains that these directors can be "more than just a lawyer," but a strategic business partner as well. To watch the episode, please click below.
Paul Hastings Study Reveals Room For Improvement In Approach To Diversity
Leading global law firm Paul Hastings recently released a report "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom," along with a supplement, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom--A Study of Major Global Exchanges." The supplement study examines the role that major exchanges can have on increasing the number of women on corporate boards. To read a summary of this study, click below. Links to the full supplement and original study are linked from the summary.
Bizwomen Interview With Bank of America Executive Focuses on Advice for Prospective Directors
In an interview published on September 24, 2014, Bank of America executive Cathy Bessant discusses how she came to be on the board of Florida Blue, and the advice she has for other women interested in serving on corporate boards. To read the interview, click below.
Solange Charas Explains Relationship Between Female-Style Team Behaviors, Leadership, and Company Financial Performance
On FastCompany.com, Solange Charas's new article investigates how the transitive theory can be applied to discussions about the relationship between women's leadership and a company's financial success. To read the full article, click below.
According to ISS Report, An Increasing Number of Board Nominees Are Women
According to a new Institutional Shareholders Service report, "Gender Diversity on Boards: A Review of Global Trends," the work of organizations like DirectWomen is having a real impact. Nearly 30 percent of new board nominees at Standard & Poor's 500 companies are now women, up from 15 percent in 2008. DirectWomen alumna Pamela Craven is cited in the article as an example of a successful candidate. Click below to read; free registration is required.
InsideCounsel Article Features DirectWomen
A September 2014 article in InsideCounsel featured the work of DirectWomen, along with an interview with Chair Bobbi Liebenberg and long-time supporter Peggy Foran. To read the article, click below.
SEC Chair Mary Jo White Delivers Remarks on Board Diversity at SAIS Conference
On September 16, 2014, SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered remarks at the SAIS Conference. To read the full text of her remarks, click below.
September Update from Bobbi Liebenberg, DirectWomen Chair
On September 16, 2014, Bobbi Liebenberg distributed her monthly update to members of the DirectWomen community. The public text of that update is posted here.
Ernst & Young Promotes Strategies to Achieve Board Diversity
In July 2014, Ernst & Young's Point of View series identified three mutually reinforcing factors that can lead to progress on board diversity. Those factors are focused public sector attention, committed private sector leadership, and corporate transparency. To read more, click the link below.
New Index Fund Focused on Women Promoted by New York Times and PBS
Sallie L. Krawcheck, owner of the women's network Ellevate, announced in early June that her organization would partner with Pax World Management to offer an index fund focused on companies where women make up a significant portion of officers and directors.
BarkerGilmore Survey Finds Benefits to Having a General Counsel on the Board
BarkerGilmore's 2014 Survey "GCs in the Boardroom and Beyond" found that, on balance, directors view having a general counsel on the board as a net positive. Specific reasons cited by directors included the GCs' skill sets of evaluating risk on a daily basis and their ability to lend strength to board decision-making. To request a copy of the survey, click below.
Sheri Edison, DirectWomen Alumna, Named to Board of AK Steel
Sheri Edison, a 2014 DirectWomen Alumna, was named to the Board of AK Steel, effective August 1, 2014. To read more, click below.
Carol Robles-Román, DirectWomen Alumna, Featured in LEADERS Magazine
Carol Robles-Román, 2014 DirectWomen Alumna and President and CEO of Legal Momentum, was interviewed in the July 2014 issue of LEADERS magazine. In the interview, Carol talks about her lifelong commitment to social justice, Legal Momentum, DirectWomen, and the need for the private and public sectors to work together to achieve gender equity. Read the interview by clicking on the link below.
Ann Harlan and Brande Stellings, DirectWomen Advisory Board Members, Participate in Women on Boards Panel
Ann Harlan (2011 Alumna) and Brande Stellings, DirectWomen Advisory Board members, spoke on a panel hosted by Thompson Hine LLP's Spotlight on Women on July 17, 2014 in Cleveland. Among other topics, Ann and Brande discussed the strategies that women should use to be considered for board seats. To read more about the panel, and their advice, click below.
DirectWomen To Present Program at NAWL Annual Meeting
DirectWomen will present a program at the National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on July 24. Hillary Sale, Co-Chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute, will moderate the panel. Panelists include DirectWomen alumnae Mary Ann Hynes and Elisse Walter, and DirectWomen Chair Bobbi Liebenberg. Read more at this link.