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"Gender balance in corporate leadership isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing to do. Extensive data confirms that achieving that balance consistently helps to drive profitability, as well as customer and employee engagement. To be successful, leadership must mirror the faces of the customers it serves. It is the only way to relate, realize promise and fulfill potential. A more diverse top line goes a long way toward achieving a more desirable bottom line."
"Diversity of experience and perspective is essential to good corporate governance. Women are an integral part of the business world - as consumers, employees, shareholders and leaders. It is essential that we work towards leveling the playing field of corporate boards to maximize the innate talents and perspectives of both genders."
"A diverse board is a better board. Diversity is the foundation of America. When corporate boards include diverse perspectives, they are able to make better decisions for the company and its stakeholders. Diversity adds value, and adds to the bottom line."
"Women are such an important element in society. They can contribute meaningfully in most situations. Hopefully in 2020 we will be more visible and present in the corporate boardrooms as well."
"The quantitative analysis is conclusive that women serving on corporate boards make a difference. It is more than good business sense, the numbers prove that women and diversity on boards impact profitability. Inclusion broadens a corporation's competitive edge and global image."
"By recruiting women board directors with varied talents, backgrounds, and perspectives, companies will better represent the interests of their many stakeholders, increase innovation, and thrive."
"The labyrinth of challenges facing Boards today necessitates the collaboration, vision and unique perspective women bring. A balanced Board which includes women acknowledges the importance of diversity and the valued voice of half the population."
"There is a compelling business case for diversity on boards given the irrefutable evidence that companies with more diverse boards perform at a superior level. It is also absolutely the right thing to do. Thus, by pursuing board diversity, a company can do well by doing good."
"More women on the board is a sign of a smart company that engages in a wide search for talent, a certain predictor of high performance."
"The gender balanced board issue has historically been framed as a women's problem or burden, but it's not. It's a problem that affects all stakeholders. It represents an opportunity which, if properly harnessed, will create better leaders, better products and better results for all involved."
"As a member of two corporate boards and a former member of two others, I have seen up close the difference that 2 and preferably 3 women on the board can make as to the assumptions about important issues such as management succession. Women in the US make up the majority of consumers, investors and employees and their voices should be heard on boards. Just as importantly, their hard won expertise in their professions makes them valuable and important contributors to the significant responsibilities of the board."
"Women are still too few in top level executive positions and on boards of directors. We should not rest until we have at least 50/50 representation in both."
"Gender and racial diversity on Corporate Boards is not just the right thing to do it’s the smart thing to do. Research shows that companies with women and people of color on their boards outperform their competition. With women ($7.7 trillion) and people of color ($4.4 trillion) accounting for almost $12 trillion in purchasing power, diversity on corporate boards is simply smart economics."
"From an economic, a business and a fairness perspective, diversity matters. To be competitive, we need to use all the talent available to us - both female and male."
"There is indisputable evidence that diversity of all forms generates value beyond the bottom line—a varied group of perspectives produces immeasurable benefits at management and executive levels."
"Women account for half the workforce, more than half of all advanced degrees, and two-thirds of consumer spending. Increasing women's representation on corporate boards is good for business and good for the economy."
"The level of discussion that happens on a diverse board is truly breathtaking. Tough decisions become easier, the results are better, and the company grows. It is what everyone wants."
In seeking the combination of experience, skills and judgment they need for their boards of directors, nominating committees, CEOs and search firms willing to look beyond their traditional networks and away from a narrow focus on title find that accomplished women comprise an increasing proportion of the talent pool. And, once tapped to join a board, women directors quickly prove their value.
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