Press Mentions

  • Can California’s new boardroom diversity law withstand courtroom backlash? Women say ‘bring it on’

    CALmatters November 26, 2018

    Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, a Los Angeles executive recruiter and board member of the California chapter of the National Assn. of Women Business Owners, which lobbied extensively for the measure, said she suspected that any legal challenge would come from CalChamber, “even though … I’ve told them it would be embarrassing.”

    She has many tales from the trenches. One client, under pressure to seek a woman for his corporate board, said: “Find me a woman who doesn’t talk too much.”

    Berkhemer-Credaire recently became chief executive of 2020 Women on Boards, a nonprofit group founded in 2010 to address the slow progress toward increasing the number of women on corporate boards. She said she would embrace a legal brouhaha that could help to spell the end for a corporate system that excludes women from the top tiers. She has heard from other states, including New York and Massachusetts, that are watching as California sets the pace.

    “I welcome the additional publicity,” she said. “I relish the fact that this will keep the issue in the national headlines. I hope they do file a lawsuit. Bring it on.”

  • 2020 Women on Boards/Sacramento Campaign Committee

    Comstock November 26, 2018

    The 2020 Women on Boards/Sacramento Campaign Committee held the 2018 National Conversation on Board Diversity – Sacramento on Nov. 15 at the Sutter Club downtown. The keynote luncheon panel was introduced by Comstock’s Editor in Chief Allison Joy and Clayton Blakley, VP/business development. 2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020.

  • 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Chapter Hosted an Incredible 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity November 21, 2018

    The Chicago Campaign of 2020 Women on Boards, a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on US company boards to at least 20% by the year 2020, brought together a powerful group of speakers to address how we collaborate with public companies in Chicagoland to help them increase the number of women on their board.

    November 15th saw over 250 attendees at the 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity in Chicago. While nationally in 2018, women hold 17.7% of the board seats of Russell 3000 companies that now comprise the Gender Diversity Index (GDI); Illinois sits at 19.3%. To foster the important conversation of diversity on boards, the Chicago Campaign of 2020 Women on Boards has curated a program that allows for knowledge sharing among attendees.

    This year’s conversation on board diversity included awarding Ilene Gordon, Board member: International Paper (NYSE), Lockheed Martin (NYSE), and the first female director for 5 different public companies with the Chicago Chapter’s First Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Other noted awardees included Abbott (NYSE) accepted by Board Director Sally Blount, who is the Michael L. Nemmers chair in Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she served as dean for the past eight years; Ariel Investments (Private) accepted by CEO & Founder John Rogers, Jr; CDW (NASDAQ) accepted by CDW Board Director Donna Zarcone, who is the CEO of The Economic Club; and Federal Signal (NYSE) accepted by CEO Jennifer Sherman.

    The evening was ended with data being shared from the 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Campaign Co-Chair Hajara Al Amodi sharing statistics on 2020 WOB Latest Research that can be found at, and a great share of major insights from Rodrigo Garcia, Chief Investment Officer, Illinois State Treasury and a Board Director with the Thirty Percent Coalition.

    The attendees included more than 40 corporate board directors across a broad spectrum of industries including technology, medical devices, energy, consumer packaged goods, retail and more to share “What is most important for corporate board directors to know?” The Mid America Club of Chicago served as the host location for the event.

    This National Conversation on Board Diversity is a signature annual event that takes place on the same day in cities across the country. Over the last six years, the event was held in 37 cities (four international) with more than 8,500 people attending and thousands more participating on social media.

  • Three Members of AEP Board of Directors Recognized by Women Inc.

    Market Watch November 20, 2018

    AEP also recently was named a 2020 Women on Boards Winning Company for having 20 percent or more board seats held by women. AEP is a member of the Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of employers committed to promoting gender parity, and a signatory of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge.

  • Sacramento One of 30 Cities Hosting “Conversation” Event by 2020 Women on Boards, Nov. 15 at Sutter Club

    PRWeb November 15, 2018

    Sacramento will host one of thirty “conversation” events nationwide on Nov. 15 to address 2020 Women on Boards, a national campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20% by 2020, and educating women on what it takes to be a part of a corporate board. The campaign redefines successful corporate governance, gender diversity standards, and creates a cultural imperative for corporate action.

  • Why your board should include a woman -- or two

    Daily Herald November 12, 2018

    According to media material released ahead of this week's 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity, sponsored by 2020 Women on Boards, women hold slightly more than 20 percent of the board seats at Fortune 1,000 companies. The number is a tad lower, 19.5 percent, in Illinois. (Graham can share information on Thursday's Chicago 2020 Conversation.)

  • 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.

  • Cabot Microelectronics recognized for its gender diverse board

    Daily Herald November 9, 2018

    Cabot Microelectronics Corp., a supplier of chemical mechanical planarization polishing slurries and CMP pads supplier to the semiconductor industry, announced it has been recognized by 2020 Women on Boards with an Ambassador Award for having more than 20 percent of its board of directors comprised of women.
    The award will be presented at 2020 Women on Boards' 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity, in Chicago.

    Barbara A. Klein, who has served as a director of Cabot Microelectronics since 2008, will accept the award on behalf of the company. This is the second year Aurora-based Cabot Microelectronics has received the designation. Klein also serves as a director of Ingredion Inc., which is also a recipient of the Ambassador Award.
    "We are honored to be a recipient of the 2020 Women on Boards Ambassador Award for the second consecutive year," said David Li, president and CEO of Cabot Microelectronics. "This recognition demonstrates our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organization."

  • Mind Your Own Business: Women on Boards conference is Thursday

    NewsOK November 8, 2018

    Launched in Boston in 2010, and expanded nationally in 2011, this national campaign creates a cultural imperative for redefining successful corporate governance and gender diversity standards. Countrywide on Nov. 15, thousands of leaders, high-level executives, authors and recognized experts will discuss the benefits, obstacles and strategies to increase diversity on corporate boards. Oklahoma City's conversation will happen between 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Meinders School of Business, with a kickoff reception the evening before at the Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business. Joining Oklahoma City University's Meinders School of Business and the University of Oklahoma as sponsors are the Chickasaw Nation, Sonic, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, DBG Construction LLC, Women in Business, Devon, Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women, Enterprising Women, Integris Health Edmond, Heritage Trust Company and Purse Power.

  • 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

  • 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.”