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What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity

Stefanie K. Johnson, Harvard Business Review, August 29, 2017

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. Based on evidence that diversity initiatives are more effective if they start at the top, this article's author interviewed 11 CEOs who have made a public commitment to diversity about how they are creating more diverse workforces. Subscription required for full access. [...read more]

Women in the Fortune 500: 64 CEOs in half a century

Julia Carpenter, CNN Money, August 7, 2017

Just this June, Fortune Magazine announced a new milestone in its list of Fortune 500 female CEOs. The number of women CEOs listed had reached an all–time high: 32 in a single year. The percentage was still small — just 6.4% — but it had finally broken the 5% mark. With the departures of Avon's Sheri McCoy and Mondelez, Inc.'s Irene Rosenfeld, two female CEOs leading major companies, the number of women leading in the business world drops yet again. [...read more]

Is Diversity in the Boardroom Reversing?

Laura W. Geller, Strategy+Business, June 21, 2017

After rising steadily for the past seven years, the number of women in the boardroom actually fell in 2016. According to Heidrick & Struggles' latest Board Monitor study, women filled 27.8 percent of the open boardroom seats at Fortune 500 companies in 2016, down from 29.8 percent in 2015. Last year was the first time the percentage had fallen since 2009. Three years ago, the executive search firm believed women would reach parity in the boardroom by 2024; now it believes that day won't come until 2032. It's a troubling shift, and one that has the potential for ripple effects. [...read more]

Female CEOs Have More Women on Their Boards—A Lot More

Equilar, May 25, 2017

As board composition, evaluation and diversity continue to be hot-button issues in corporate governance, investors are applying additional scrutiny on how companies approach succession planning at the highest levels of their organizations. At the request of the Associated Press for its annual CEO pay study, Equilar analyzed data on chief executives who had served at least two consecutive fiscal years at companies in the S&P 500, and found that there were 21 female CEOs on the list. [...read more]

Does Gender Diversity on Boards Really Boost Company Performance?

Knowledge@Wharton, May 18, 2017

Many commentators suggest that gender diversity in the corporate boardroom improves company performance because of the different points of view and experience it offers. However, rigorous, peer-reviewed academic research paints a different picture. Despite the intuitive appeal of the argument that gender diversity on the board improves company performance, research suggests otherwise. [...read more]

How Gender Bias Corrupts Performance Reviews, and What to Do About It

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Harvard Business Review, April 12, 2017

Annual evaluations are often subjective, which opens the door to gender bias. These biases can lead to double standards —­­ a similar situation gets a positive or a negative spin depending on gender. A content analysis of individual annual performance reviews shows that women were 1.4 times more likely to receive critical subjective feedback (as opposed to either positive feedback or critical objective feedback). But when organizations implemented gender-neutral, real-time feedback tools, such biases were reduced. [...read more]

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'The US will lose its leadership in technology if this doesn't change'

Kif Leswing, Business Insider, April 7, 2017

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that the gender imbalance at tech companies could hurt the American tech industry if more women don't enter science and engineering fields. Cook discussed diversity, the issues facing gay people, and engineering education in an exclusive interview with the Auburn Plainsman's Corey Williams published on Thursday. [...read more]

Study: Publicizing female CEO appointments comes with a cost

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune, June 14, 2016

Given the push for more women in the C-suite, companies might wish to shout from the rooftops when they appoint a female CEO. But the more they shout, the more their share price might suffer, a new study finds — not necessarily because investors are biased, but because they think others are. [...read more]

Half of women on boards like quotas but male colleagues say no - survey

Ellen Wulfhorst, Thompson Reuters Foundation News, April 21, 2016

Half of women sitting on corporate boards of directors around the world support quota systems to fix stubborn gender imbalances in the boardroom, but less than 10 percent of their male colleagues agree, said a study released this week by researchers from the Harvard Business School and the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation. [...read more]

10 questions dominating boardroom agendas for 2016

Women Corporate Directors, Directors & Boards, Q1 2016

This article shares the top ten questions directors are asking in their boardrooms so that they can be better prepared for what’s to come. [...read more]

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