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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

Study: Stocks Perform Better If Women Are On Company Boards #hwhtw

Bloomberg News reports on a new study from the Credit Suisse Research Institute quantifying the benefits of having gender balance on corporate boards:

“Companies with women on their boards performed better in challenging markets than those with all-male boards in a study suggesting that mixing genders may temper risky investment moves and increase return on equity.

“Shares of companies with a market capitalization of more than $10 billion and with women board members outperformed comparable businesses with all-male boards by 26 percent worldwide over a period of six years, according to a report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, created in 2008 to analyze trends expected to affect global markets.”

Read the full article: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-07-31/women-as-directors-beat-men-only-boards-in-company-stock-return.html

July 31, 2012 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Forbes: “Women’s Leadership and Mentorship in the Developing World” @Forbes #hwhtw

Great to see women leaders and mentors getting attention in the press!  Via Vital Voices:

“‎’Women frequently face cultural barriers and discrimination in moving into leadership positions, and it is very helpful have experienced role models and mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement.’ – Ann Veneman, former Executive Director of UNICEF and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, on the importance of mentorship in the developing world.

“Read the Forbes article in which Ann Veneman discusses why she is so passionate about our Global Ambassadors Program, the importance of leadership and mentorship in empowering women globally, and more!”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahimkanani/2012/07/23/ann-veneman-on-womens-leadership-and-mentorship-in-the-developing-world/

July 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment


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