Press Mentions

  • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Pledges $1.5 Million to Local Nonprofits Committed to Advancing Women

    Cision PR Newswire February 1, 2018

    This year's focus underscores the Bank's continued and unwavering commitment to achieving equality for women in the workplace and beyond. Chairman and CEO Bob Rivers is a founding member of the Boston Women's Workforce Council, and Eastern is a leader on behalf of the Center for Women in Business and 2020 Women on Boards, supporting each group to gather and report data and best practices as the basis for establishing greater representation of women throughout today's corporations. Today, women comprise 66 percent of Eastern's workforce, including 48 percent of its officer corps. Earlier this month, the Bank announced Deborah Jackson as the first woman elected as Lead Director for its Board of Directors.

  • Gender Diversity on Company Boards Accelerates in Arkansas

    Arkansas Business January 22, 2018

    Diversity — gender and race — on corporate boards may have at one point been tokenism or mere public relations. In fact, the 2020 Women on Boards campaign, a Boston organization that developed a “Gender Diversity Index” in 2011, refers to companies that have only one female member as “token” companies. And accounting giant PwC reported last fall that only 41 percent of 900 directors surveyed thought gender diversity on their boards was very important. (Eleven percent said it wasn’t important at all.

    Whether directors themselves are enthusiastic, pressure from powerful investors like BlackRock has pushed the trend line toward diversity and, in a very few cases, gender parity.

    Among the Fortune 1000 companies (actually 980 companies) that 2020WOB tracks, the number of all-male boards has dropped from 18 percent to 7 percent between 2011 and 2017, and “token” (one-woman) boards have dropped from 33 percent to 22 percent. Meanwhile, the number of boards that have met the campaign’s 20 percent female goal has grown from 29 percent to 55 percent.

  • The Hartford Named To 2018 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index

    Business Wire January 22, 2018

    The Hartford is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where people are respected for who they are, recognized for how they contribute, and celebrated for what they can become. The company has focused investments in talent development initiatives related to diversity and inclusion strategies, including leadership training, mentoring and the company’s eight employee resource groups, which includes the Professional Women’s Network. The Hartford has been consistently named a 2020 Women on Boards ‘W’ Company, which recognizes gender diversity in the company’s board. To learn more about diversity and inclusion at The Hartford, visit

  • Deloitte partner leading more women into board rooms

    Houston Chronicle January 4, 2018

    We have seen some positive momentum at the corporate board level, though Texas still lags behind other states when it comes to the percentage of board seats filled by women. According to the most recent 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index, across Texas, about 17 percent of board members of the Fortune 1000 are women. However, the number is roughly average when compared with other states. It places Texas around seven percentage points behind Washington, which tops the list of states with the most female directors.

  • Skechers, Kodak, Hostess: Household brands without any women on the board

    Quartz at Work December 15, 2017

    The good news is that most corporations do realize the value of having women on their boards. Women now occupy 20% of all board seats (pdf) at Fortune 1000 companies, according to 2020 Women on Boards, an advocacy group. Almost 30 boards have achieved at gender parity, and on nine corporate boards, the majority of directors are women. But the number of public companies with all-female boards remains constant: It’s still zero.

  • Women leaders help cut down corporate fraud, investors say

    Detroit Free Press December 15, 2017

    In the U.S., women now hold 20.8% of company board seats, according to the Boston-based nonprofit organization “2020 Women on Boards" which has advocated since 2010 reaching a 20% threshold by 2020. Yet the goal was reached three years early, according to its 2017 Gender Diversity Index.
    The 2017 index measured 801 active Fortune 1000 companies, showing steady growth from 19.7% in 2016 and 14.6% in 2011. Michigan is among 13 states with more than 20% of company board seats held by women.

  • Oklahoma’s Corporate Boards Still Have Few Women

    KGOU December 13, 2017

    Debbie Fleming, an energy finance professor at Oklahoma City University, is trying to push for more women on corporate boards. She helped organize a 2020 Women on Boards conference at Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business to discuss the issue for the third year in a row. The nonprofit is trying to increase the percentage of women on public-traded board to 20 percent by the year 2020.

  • Aqua America’s Chris Franklin Named 2017 Most Admired CEO

    Business Wirw December 8, 2017

    Franklin is also taking a closer look at internal practices and communication initiatives. The company embarked on a core values exploration and is using the findings to enhance company culture. It also unveiled a new employee safety campaign, and began using innovative internal communications tactics to open the lines of communication and access between all levels of leadership and employees. His work on diversity and inclusion was recognized by the Forum of Executive Women and 2020 Women on Boards.

  • More from the Women of Biopharma — Full Measures of Progress

    Life Science Leader December 8, 2017

    As we look at the coming year, we should remain focused on creating opportunities for women in our industry. At the macro level, organizations like 2020 Women on Boards and 30 percent Club are committed to creating more diversity on boards and in the C-Suite. It will take the effort and focus of both men and women to truly drive meaningful change. Additionally, we can all make a difference at our own companies and in our own communities. This can be done by mentoring and developing existing talent, and nurturing the next generation of young girls by promoting science education, encouraging participation in STEM programs, and ensuring that we’re actively promoting interest in careers in the life sciences. And why is this all important? We aren’t focused on diversity for diversity’s sake. Beyond the intrinsic value that multiple points of view can bring to an organization, studies continue to show that diversity in leadership improves both performance and profitability when compared to firms that lack diversity

  • CtW Investment Group calls on Amazon to improve gender diversity

    Pensions & Investments December 6, 2017

    An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment on CtW's letter but noted that the company has a number of female vice presidents across the company and was recognized by 2020 Women on Boards as having one of the most gender diverse boards in technology. The national campaign 2020 Women on Boards aims to increase the percentage of women on company boards to 20% by 2020.

  • Equilar Earns “Disruptor Award” From 2020 Women on Boards

    Equilar December 4, 2017

    Equilar has been honored with the 2017 “Disruptor Award” from the 2020 Women on Boards San Francisco Committee in recognition of its efforts to enhance the Equilar BoardEdge platform, in particular with respect to the Equilar Diversity Network.

    “An exciting shift is currently taking place to be inclusive of women’s leadership in the boardroom,” said Johanne Bouchard, a governance and leadership executive advisor and a co-chair of the 2020 Women on Boards San Francisco Committee. “When a shift occurs, a healthy disruptor is necessary to propagate the shift—Equilar is such a disruptor.”

  • Pittsburgh event seeks to get more minorities in the boardroom

    Pittsburgh Courier December 3, 2017

    The abundance of recent news reports of alleged sexual misconduct against women proves the conversations that occurred during the November 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity event sponsored by 2020 Women on Boards was timely and essential.