Bloomberg Gender Equality Index Reveals Investments in Gender Equality

The new Bloomberg Financial Services Gender Equality Index (GEI) provides an overview of 26 public companies that have made clear investments in providing opportunities for women. To read more, click below.

Emily Ward, 2015 Alumna, Profiled By ACC Docket

Emily Ward, a 2015 alumna of the DirectWomen Board Institute, was recently profiled by the ACC Docket. To read the full profile, which includes discussion of DirectWomen, 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.

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.

Gender Diversity on Boards Steadily, But Slowly, Increases

An article published by the New York Law Journal provides an update and overview on the current status of gender diversity on boards, including an overview of regulatory and legislative actions, investor-driven efforts, and growing consensus in the business community. To read the article, click below. A free subscription is required.

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

Despite some efforts to diversify the old boys’ club, corporate boardrooms are still an overwhelmingly male-dominated domain, and activist investors aren’t helping.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.