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What Europe Can Teach the US (and Beyond?) About Gender in the Boardroom

“Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity.”    A Harvard Business Review look at women leaders in business.

What Europe Can Teach the US About Gender in the Boardroom

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett  |  10:03 AM September 12, 2012

As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, newspapers are full of promises from both candidates. But there’s promising news from Europe that’s also worth attention.

A proposal being drafted by the European Commission and expected to be formally introduced next month by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, would force euro-zone companies larger than 250 employees or with more than €50 million in annual revenues to reserve at least 40% of their nonexecutive director board seats for women by 2020 or face fines and other sanctions…

Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity. A McKinsey study found that across all industry sectors, companies with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation: by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results. In other words, diversity — especially gender diversity — unlocks growth.

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2012/09/what_europe_can_teach_the_us_about_gender_in_the_boardroom.html

September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

HWHTW Exclusive: Lunch with Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer @mverveer @SAISHopkins

Last Friday, SAIS hosted Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer to launch its “Championing Women Globally” lecture series (a project of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, in partnership with the Embassy of Liechtenstein and its Ambassador, Her Excellency, Claudia Fritsche).  Afterward, I joined Ambassador Verveer (in red in the photo) and a glittering group of gender equality experts and advocates (including, from left, Ambassador Fritsche, Senior Fellow Susan Ness of CTR, and Irene Natividad of the Global Summit of Women) for a fascinating lunch.

What was on the minds of these “power women”?  How to get women onto America’s corporate boards.  The group bemoaned the low representation of women on corporate boards  and brainstormed ideas on how to get more women into these key leadership positions in U.S. private enterprise.

On the bright side, Ambassador Fritsche and CTR Managing Director Andras Simonyi underscored the value of having 3 outstanding women leaders as U.S. Secretary of State.  “You think you know [how big an impact it made],” Simonyi said, “But you don’t really know.”

To learn more about the “Championing Women Globally” series: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/events/index.htm

April 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

Human Rights Watch is hiring a Women’s Rights Researcher! #hwhtw

Courtesy of AWID, a job posting for a Women’s Rights Researcher at Human Rights Watch!

Researcher, Women’s Rights Division

Closing date: March 4, 2012.

Description: Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher for its Women’s Rights Division (“WRD”) to develop the division’s capacity to respond to crises, as well as provide enhanced support in priority areas of work.  The position may be based in one of HRW’s offices in Africa, Europe or the US, preceded by a training period in HRW’s New York office.

For all the details, and to apply: http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-Around-the-World/Researcher-Women-s-Rights-Division

March 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

“Patrick Stewart Fights For Women’s Refuges” #hwhtw

It’s great to see a male celebrity raising awareness (and funds) in the effort to end violence against women.  HWHTW has to agree with Perez Hilton on this one: “We love you, Patrick Stewart!”

“The actor is standing up for women’s rights and against domestic violence.  Stewart’s mother was a victim of domestic abuse and he has become a advocate of Refuge, the U.K.’s first women’s shelter.

“However, Refuge is facing strict budget limitations and Stewart pleads with the public to help.”

Read more: http://perezhilton.com/2012-02-07-patrick-stewart-tries-to-save-womens-refuges#.TzGk8WMc1wZ

February 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm Leave a comment

Expanding Access to Finance for Health e-Conference: March 29-30

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and the USAID Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector project (SHOPS) are hosting an online conference on “the use of financial services to strengthen the global health care supply chain”.  

SHOPS is a five-year cooperative agreement focusing on “increasing availability, improving quality, and expanding coverage of essential health products and services in family planning and reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and other health areas through the private sector.”

Join participants from Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar,  Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, the UK, the US, and Zambia (and that’s just who’s signed up so far) in learning about finance in healthcare!

To register for the online conference or learn more: http://www.shopsproject.org/about/announcements/expanding-access-finance-health-e-conference-0?tr=y&auid=8016972

March 25, 2011 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment


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