Press Mentions

  • Katherine Blair Named First Woman to Skechers Board

    LA Business Journal May 16, 2019

    “We had been urging Skechers for years to add a woman to the board,” said Betsy Berkhemer, chief executive at 2020 Women on Boards, a national organization based downtown working to increase the number of women on U.S. company boards to at least 20% by 2020. “Now we can go back to buying their shoes.”

  • A new bill aims to force Illinois' largely white, male corporate boards to diversify

    Chicago Tribune May 9, 2019

    The California law however, has not been challenged in the courts, according to Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of nonprofit 2020 Women On Boards, an advocacy group which supported the California legislation.

  • Entrepreneur leverages women's buying power in startup tech company

    News Ok May 5, 2019

    Gender equity isn't just the fair thing to do, it's a smart business decision. Across all industries, companies with significant numbers of women on their boards of directors outperform companies without. The Boston-based 2020 Women on Boards set a goal in 2010 for women to represent an average of 20% or more of all corporate boards by 2020. Currently, women hold 22% of seats among Fortune 1000 companies.

  • 2020 Women on Boards: Seeing Clearly for the Future

    Aspire April 15, 2019

    For more than two decades, Los Angeles business woman Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire harboured a dream. This past January, that dream — and all the hard work that went into it —  came to fruition when California enacted the SB 826 Law which requires publicly traded firms in the state to place at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019 — or face a penalty;  companies with five directors to add two women by the end of 2021; and companies with six or more directors to add at least three more women by the end of the same year. What did it take to make it happen? What were the obstacles? What were the lessons? In a recent conversation with Aspire Editor Gayle Jo Carter, we learned all that and more from Berkhemer-Credaire, a successful entrepreneur who turned $800, a phone and a typewriter into one of the largest independent public relations agencies in Los Angeles.

  • California’s board gender diversity mandate: will it matter?

    Lexology April 4, 2019

    According to Bloomberg, there are a number of groups that are now dedicated to helping women secure board seats. For example, 2020 Women on Boards is scheduling “educational meetings in November in at least 30 U.S. cities to help women learn how to use their own networks to get on boards.” The CEO of 2020 observed that one important effect of the new California law has been to raise consciousness of the issue. In addition, according to the CEO of the NACD, the “next class of executives signing up for director professionalism training from the National Association of Corporate Directors is about 40 percent women…. A decade ago, it would have been half or less than that, he said. ‘We see the demographics shifting,’ [the CEO said.] He gets as many as 15 queries a week from people interested in being on a board. ‘We’ve got an older generation that’s in their last five to 10 years of service. We’ve got another generation coming in.’”

  • Of Course Women Are 'IT Geeks', Now More Than Ever

    Forbes April 3, 2019

    According to data from 2020 Women on Boards, in its 2018 Gender Diversity index, the percentage of women on boards is slowing increasing and presence is more prevalent on larger companies. Still it is slow progress.

  • Wanted: 3,732 Women to Govern Corporate America

    Bloomberg March 21, 2019

    “The important thing is that we’ve raised the consciousness so much,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which lobbied for the bill, as well as CEO of 2020 Women on Boards, a non-profit that educates women on getting a board seat. “It’s just an anachronism and an embarrassment if a picture of board members of a public company is all white males from now on.”

  • Women on Boards 2020: Empowering Women in Business to Aim Higher

    LinkedIn March 8, 2019

    By encouraging women to reach out and grab the opportunities they want, to walk into the meeting and sit confidently among men, and to take pride in their experience and skill, Women on Boards 2020 is serving that invaluable role of mentor to a number of professional women that no one mentor could possibly reach. In doing so, it’s my hope that women will feel empowered to pursue the roles they want, and to enter them with as much confidence and poise as anyone.

  • Action Items Minisodes: Gender Diversity and Boards of Directors

    Comstock's Magazine March 7, 2019

    Erica Dias is senior vice president and director of marketing and community engagement for American River Bank. She is also the Sacramento chair for the 2020 Women on Boards national campaign.

  • Amazon Proves It - Good Women Directors Are Not Hard To Find

    Forbes February 26, 2019

    State your objective to improve the business and governance by adding women to your board. An all-male board is what 2020 Women on Boards calls a “zero.”

  • Why Companies Need To Advocate For Their Female Executives To Join Boards

    Forbes February 12, 2019

    According to 2020 Women on Boards, of the 2835 active R3000 companies, in 2018 women held 17.7% of the board seats, an increase from 16.0% in 2017 when there were 2871 active companies. In 2018, the percentage of women in the largest R100 companies is 25.3%; in the smaller R2001- 3000 companies it’s 13.0%, reflecting that smaller companies are less diverse.

  • Unum, First Tennessee selected for Gender Equality index

    Times Free Press January 17, 2019

    Unum has a Women's Professional Network employee resource group and the insurer has been recognized previously by the Women's Forum of New York and the 2020 Women on Boards organization for female representation on the corporate board.