Boosting the Potential for Women to Hold Board Seats

posted on Thu, Sep 15 2016 2:40 pm by Shirley Engelmeier

Members of the Thirty Percent Coalition know that the pace of gender diversity in the boardroom is that of a glacier: exceedingly slow.

The Coalition, formed in 2011, is committed to a goal: that women, including women of color, hold 30 percent of board seats across public companies. Sadly, that number today is only 19 percent.

But, the Coalition and others who support diversity, are slowing gaining momentum, encouraging companies to open up about their recruitment efforts and the number of minorities in leadership roles.

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