Articles of Interest

Are There Really Boards With no Women?
Forbes – Tue, Aug 2, 2011

Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women
Article from the June 2011 Harvard Business Review

Speech by SEC Commissioner: Remarks at the DirectWomen Board Institute
By Commissioner Elisse B. Walter U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission New York, N.Y. February 10, 2011

2010 Board of Directors Survey
Heidrick & Struggles and WomenCorporateDirectors, in conjunction with Boris Groysberg of Harvard Business School, surveyed men and women corporate directors and found striking differences, as well as predictable similarities, in how the 398 respondents think about these and other critical issues facing boards today.

2009 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index
The Michigan Women's Leadership Index
(WLI) is released biennially by Inforum Center for Leadership - the research and education arm of Inforum. The WLI is a data-based instrument used to measure the presence of women executives in the highest leadership positions of the top 100 publicly-held companies headquartered in Michigan (Index 100).

Calvert Study: Corporate Diversity Still Coming Up Short for Women
Women may make up more than half the workforce, but continue to be significantly underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-level executive positions, according to a study released by Calvert Investments.

Results of Menendez's Major Fortune 500 Diversity Survey: Representation of Women and Minorities On Corporate Boards Still Lags Far Behind National Population 
August 4, 2010 - Menendez Press Office: U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Democratic Task Force, today unveiled the results of his survey on women and minority representation among the senior management of Fortune 500 companies. The survey found that women and minority representation on corporate boards continues to lag far behind the national population percentages.

Changing the Face in U.S. Corporate Boards
June 28, 2010 – Wall Street Journal: CalPERS commissioned a report which found that companies that have diverse boards perform better than those with similar director profiles in terms of ethnicity, gender and skill sets. Now they are recruiting executives to nominate for board seats in poorly performing companies in which it holds shares.

April 2010 - The Conference Board Review: Your goals aren’t the problem. It’s not that you don’t want gender balance in the C-suite and, more importantly, in the middle-management ranks.
Terry Barclay: Diverse Boards Are Good for Business
Feb. 28, 2010 - The new disclosure rules,adopted by the SEC require public companies to make new disclosures to shareholders about many things. Most notably from Inforum's perspective, companies now will be required to provide information about the role diversity plays in considering and selecting board candidates. We think that is a good thing.
SEC Changes Help Women in the Boardroom
Feb 2, 2010 - The Glass Hammer: In July of 2009, the U.S. SEC proposed a number of revisions to their rules. These amendments were designed to improve the amount of disclosure shareholders of public companies receive. One organization that responded to the SEC’s rule revisions was ION.
Jan 21, 2010 - TIMESONLINE: France set course for a revolution in its old boys’ corporate culture yesterday as parliament considered a law to force big companies to appoint women to 40 per cent of their boardroom seats.


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