A good board of directors should know where it has blind spots. Companies lacking the right mix of talent, experience and perspectives may miss opportunities, ignore threats and fail to hold management accountable.
Many US corporate boards today lack gender diversity. Among companies in the Russell 3000 index, just 18.5 per cent of directors are women. Even worse, one-sixth of companies have no female board members. Just 41 have reached gender parity. Incremental gains have been made, but change remains slow. This is why the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America is making a concerted effort to push boards to be more gender inclusive.
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By Roger Ferguson
Source: Financial Times
Equality. Equity. Balance. These terms are widely used but they hold different meanings to different audiences. AESC talked to several members of the AESC Diversity Leadership Councils to consider gender representation at the tops of organizations, setting a marker for progress so far and mapping the path to parity.
Networking is a tricky word — especially for women in business. For some, networking conjures up images of crowded rooms full of people in suits exchanging business cards. For others, it might feel like asking someone to do something for you, which can be uncomfortable for many women.
To spot a male ally, start by looking for indicators of growth and opportunity in your workplace. Then, seek out individuals you recognize a practicing allyship behaviors. Beware of performative allyship, where there is no action behind their words. Finally, reach out to establish a relationship.