Press Mentions

  • Women on Boards event Nov. 15 will help your business diversify its board of directors

    North Bay Business Journal November 9, 2018

    Diverse boards of directors are good for businesses. The 2020 Women on Boards national campaign for public awareness and advocacy strives to get this message through to the entire business community by way of seminars, workshops and published material, all backed by real-world statistics.

  • Around Town: Women gathering to share status

    The Journal Record November 1, 2018

    “Take your seat at the table.” That’s the invitation to a two-day conference titled 2020 Women on Boards: National Conversation on Board Diversity, which means the subject is about why there aren’t more women on business boards.
    Major speakers from Oklahoma and elsewhere will share their knowledge and procedures for women seeking executive positions on boards. The two-day meeting will be Nov. 14 and 15, opening the first day with a reception sponsored by Integris Health Edmond at the University of Oklahoma-Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business, 865 NW 26th St., third floor, Gardner Conference Room, Oklahoma City.
    On the second day at the same location, registration and breakfast will be followed by Linda Cavanaugh, journalist and women’s issues advocate. Keynote speaker will be Cliff Hudson, CEO of Sonic Corp. Next will be a fireside chat moderated by Donna Miller, CEO and co-founder of Purse Power and chair of the Women Presidents’ Organization Oklahoma Chapter, and Mindy Meads, former CEO of Victoria’s Secret, Land’s End and Aeropostale. Other speakers offer information through the luncheon hour.
    That’s just a taste of the valuable information available during this convention. To sign up, visit www.2020wob.com/chapters/okc.

  • Ventas, Inc. Launches Inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Report

    Citizen Tribune October 26, 2018

    The only healthcare REIT to be included as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies (January 2018)Received Nareit’s Leader in the Light award for the second time in 2017First time inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2017, and remaining on the DJSI in 2018Named the top performing healthcare REIT for the second consecutive year by GRESB in 2018, retaining our Green Star Ranking for the past five yearsNamed a “Corporate Champion” by 2020 Women on Boards, recognizing our commitment to board gender diversity with one-third female board members.

  • Everyone is accountable for building more diverse boards

    LinkedIn October 24, 2018

    Margot Carter, a panelist in our upcoming 2020 Women on Boards event, explains, “Different perspectives and experiences enhance decision-making. It’s not surprising that studies show boards with gender diversity generally outperform their industry peers. That’s why the selection process for any position, including the board of directors, should focus on attaining the best talent without exclusion.”
    We are seeing companies take real action and the number of women-held directorships has significantly accelerated. Since 2013, the proportion of women-held directorships has grown just one percentage point each year. This year for the first time, that proportion increased by two percentage points, growing from 19% to 21% (2017–18).
    Additionally, in September, California became the first state in the country to legislate that public companies must have at least one woman on their board of directors. According to Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, 2020 Women on Boards CEO and statewide board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners of California, “We have won the war — even if battles are still to come in the courts. Among the Russell 3000 companies in California, this law will result in an immediate increase of approximately 105 seats for women directors in California by the end of 2019 and an additional 400 by end of 2021.”

  • Women On Boards: New Law Could Shape The Makeup Of CRE Boardrooms

    Bisnow October 24, 2018

    “Traditionally, especially in the real estate business, corporate boards wanted chief executive officers on their boards, and many women have not been CEOs until recently,” said Berkhemer-Credaire, who is CEO of 2020 Women on Boards, an advocacy group that wants corporate boards on the Russell 3000 made up of 20% women by 2020.

  • DaVita Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

    PR Newswire October 24, 2018

    The company's board diversity was also recognized when DaVita was named as a Winning Company in 2017 by the 2020 Women on Boards organization.

  • 2018 National Conversation on Board Diversity – Sacramento

    Comstock’s October 24, 2018

    On Nov. 15, 2018 in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives will discuss: Collaborating with all companies to increase women on boards.
     
    Panelists:
    Barbara O’Connor: Director, Institute for the Study of Politics, Media, CSUS Emeritus; Board Director, AARP National ‘10-’16.
    Kimberly Box: Independent Board Director, McGrath Rentcorp & American River Bank.
    Donna Wells: Independent Board Director, Betterment & Happy Money; Board Advisor, Mitek System.
    Dianne Miller: President; CEO, Wilcox Miller & Nelson; Board Director: CA Chamber of Commerce, UOP, Sacramento Host Committee, AARP Foundation & Umpqua Bank ‘04-’13.

    To register, click here

  • Medidata Appoints Dr. Maria Rivas to its Board of Directors

    Citizen Tribune October 22, 2018

    Dr. Rivas is the first board appointee as part of Medidata’s fulfillment of its 2020 Women on Boards initiative pledge which aims to have 20% female membership by 2020. Medidata was committed to finding a female candidate from an underrepresented population to serve on a public company board for the first time.

  • Navient named “Champion of Board Diversity”

    GlobeNewswire October 18, 2018

    “At Navient, we strategically sought the skills we needed from diverse board candidates and are proud that half of our board members are women,” said Navient President and CEO Jack Remondi. “Diversity in the boardroom encourages engagement and challenging assumptions, which we believe is essential to our success.”
    Navient has attracted nationwide recognition for gender parity on its board from 2020 Women on Boards, the Women's Forum of New York and the New York Stock Exchange Governance Services.

  • California vs. the U.S. has a new battleground: Tech regulation

    Market Watch October 16, 2018

    Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, chief executive of a national awareness campaign called 2020 Women on Boards, is aware that the Delaware law issue is a legal loophole, but she doubts that any company would challenge it. California corporations that do not comply with the new law in 2019 will be subject to a $100,000 fine for the first violation and a $300,000 fine for further violations.
    “They will be too embarrassed. No company wants to put their name on this issue, they will be branded as anti-women,” she said, while acknowledging that the law passed by Brown rankles the old-boy network of corporate executives who serve on corporate boards, many of whom make a living in retirement serving on several boards at once.
    “We are working against the entrenched men who feel that this is part of their entitlement and they shouldn’t be questioned,” said Berkhemer-Credaire, author of “The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors.” “Why should they give up their seats? We say you don’t have to give up your seats, we just suggest that you add a seat to add a woman.”

  • GM Joins a Surge of S&P 500 Companies With Boards at Gender Parity

    Bloomberg October 11, 2018

    “They are leading the way for other companies to follow,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, chief executive officer of 2020 Women on Boards, which is advocating for at least 20 percent female directors at all U.S. company boards by 2020. “We’re on the cusp of this momentum that’s so exciting.”

  • California requires women board members for public companies

    Daily Gazette October 3, 2018

    For years, advocates like 2020 Women on Boards and the 30 Percent Coalition – their names reflecting their goals – have rallied for faster inclusion of women, contending boards need more diversity in helping management set the course for companies.

    The 2020 group annually tracks the number of women on the boards of a 2010 baseline of the country’s largest firms, the Fortune 1000. It reported that more than half now have 20 percent or more of their board seats held by women; a quarter still have just one or no female director.