Investors Want More Women, Minorities on Corporate Boards

Big investors including the Massachusetts pension fund and State Street Global Advisors are pushing companies they invest in to diversify their boards.

Why Women Aren't C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

More than 40 years after women began pouring into the workplace, only a handful have made it all the way to the top of corporate America. The percentage of chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who are women just passed 6 percent, creeping up (and occasionally dropping back) at a glacial pace. Why don’t more women get that No. 1 job?

Tech Industry GCs Share Tips On Curbing ‘Bro Culture’

The all-female panel discussed sexism in both tech and the legal industry, with moderator Mallun Yen, an executive vice president at patent risk management firm RPX Corp., saying she’d raised the “thorny topic” because “the people in this room hold an enormous amount of power and influence.”

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

After years of progress in winning directorships, women lost some ground last year. Much work remains, say the experts, but hope for parity remains undimmed.

BlackRock Puts Its Votes Behind Proposals to Get Women on Boards

The world’s largest asset manager said it supported eight out of nine shareholder proposals on board diversity at annual meetings in the U.S. and Canada during the second quarter this year, according to a report posted on its website Thursday. At five of those companies, the firm said that it also voted against board members on the nominating committee "for failure to address investor concerns" on the issue.

Companies Go Public, and the Board Is a Boys’ Club

Nearly half of the 75 biggest initial public offerings of the last three years involved companies that lacked female directors when they went public.

New Report: Successful Strategies to Advance Corporate Board Diversity

State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg announced the release of a comprehensive report from her “Bringing Diversity on Board” initiative, an effort she launched earlier this year to help corporate leaders advance diversity in the boardroom. In May, Goldberg organized three roundtables in Boston that brought together participants from the following industries: technology; finance; and health care, biotechnology, life sciences, and pharmaceuticals. The report provides a detailed overview of the successful strategies and action items shared at the roundtables.

New Study Shows that Women Are Losing Ground in Corporate America

Women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager—so far fewer end up on the path to leadership—and are less likely to be hired into more senior positions. Women also get less access to the people, input, and opportunities that accelerate careers. As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see.

DirectWomen Alumna Kim Rivera on Gender Pay Equity in the Legal Profession

Studies continue to show a gender pay disparity in the legal profession. But there are ways to help close the gap, Kim Rivera, chief legal officer and general counsel at HP Inc., said at a recent event at the United Nations headquarters in New York City focused on celebrating — and honoring — women who have broken through barriers to become leaders in the practice of law.

The Share of Women Appointed to Fortune 500 Boards Declined Last Year

The steady march toward gender parity among Fortune 500 board appointees reversed abruptly last year, according to the Board Monitor report that executive search and leadership consultancy Heidrick & Struggles released Monday.

Podcast Features DirectWomen Board Member Alan Bryan on Diversity and His Role at Walmart

Alan Bryan is the leader of the Office of Outside Counsel Management & Legal Operations for Walmart Stores. He transitioned from law firm partnership to in-house counsel managing litigation for the world’s largest retailer. Today his office oversees his company’s relationships with all outside counsel measuring performance, cost and diversity.

Travelzoo Becomes the Only U.S. Listed Company with an 80% Female Board

Global travel deals publisher Travelzoo today announced it has become the only U.S. listed company to have 80% of its board of director seats held by women—the highest female-to-male ratio of any NASDAQ or NYSE-listed company.

Bloomberg Law Article on Prominent General Counsels Features DirectWomen Alumnae

More and more women are being hired for the top lawyer jobs in Fortune 500 companies, and more of them are being hired via external searches instead of promoted from within, a new study has found.

Simmons First National Corp. Names DirectWomen Alumna Susan Lanigan to Board of Directors

Susan S. Lanigan of Nashville, Tenn., has been added to the Simmons First National Corp. (NASDAQ: SFNC) board of directors, it was announced today by George Makris Jr., Simmons’ chairman and chief executive officer.

2017 Best of the Boardroom Profile: DirectWomen Honoree Patricia Diaz Dennis

Attorney Patricia Diaz Dennis has fought to promote equality and protect human rights over the course of her career in both public and private sectors. Now, the former Assistant Secretary of State contributes her expertise, passion, and values in a variety of boardrooms.