Nonprofit “2020 Women on Boards" Names New CEO in Los Angeles

Boston/Los Angeles
January 20

The national nonprofit 2020 Women on Boards, established in 2010 in Boston, has announced its new CEO, Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, based in Los Angeles. For the last 24 years, Berkhemer-Credaire has been CEO of Berkhemer Clayton Inc., retained executive search, specializing in senior-level searches for corporations, nonprofits and universities.  She is the author of the book “The Board Game—How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors,” and has been Los Angeles/Orange County chapter chair of WomenCorporateDirectors. 
 
Founded by Stephanie Sonnabend and Malli Gero, 2020 Women on Boards is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to achieving at least 20% women directors on all publicly held corporate boards in the U.S., by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote.  Best known for its “National Conversation on Board Diversity” events staged in 20 cities throughout the U.S., attended by more than 3,000 supporters in November. 2020WOB also produces a proprietary Gender Diversity Index research report, applauds corporations when they meet or exceed 20% as “Winner” companies, and advises others about steps to move up in the ranks.  The Fortune 1000 corporations did achieve 20% women directors in 2017, but nearly one-fourth of public corporations in the U.S. still have NO women directors. 
(See www.2020WOB.com for directory of companies.)
 
“Under Betsy’s leadership, we will continue to expand our educational programs and public awareness of our research that tracks progress nationwide,” said Sonnabend who remains chair of the board of 2020WOB. “She brings valuable business knowledge from owning her own executive search firm, and knows the operations and fund-raising needs of nonprofits from her years of board involvement. She has been co-chair of our Los Angeles/Orange County event for six years, with 700 attendees in 2017, the largest event in the country.”
 
“I believe 2020 Women on Boards has the greatest potential to bring real change to corporate culture in the U.S. through its nationwide campaign to educate corporate leaders and future women board members about the untapped resource of experienced women ready to serve on boards,” said Berkhemer-Credaire about her appointment as CEO. “I have dedicated my career to the advancement of women in business, and am honored to follow the trail-blazing founders who have built a highly-regarded national brand in seven short years. Now it’s my job to lead the campaign into more cities, more boardrooms, and more universities.”
 
In her book "The Board Game – How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors," Betsy reveals how 58 women directors found their first corporate board seats. Until 2017, Betsy had been volunteer chair of the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD), a global nonprofit network of women serving on public and private boards. She is a frequent keynote speaker throughout the U.S., and in Washington D.C.
 
Berkhemer-Credaire serves on the board of the statewide National Association of Women Business Owners-California (NAWBO-CA), was previously on the board of Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) and the advisory boards of Southern California Edison (SCE) and UCLA Medical Center.
 
She co-founded Berkhemer Clayton Inc. 24 years ago with business partner Fred Clayton. The firm specializes in senior management Communications, Marketing and Finance searches for corporations, universities and large nonprofits. Client companies have included Anthem, Bank of America, GAP, Mattel, Toyota USA, Ross Stores, NIKE, Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Energy, Kaiser Permanente, Tournament of Roses, City of Hope, UCLA, USC, Penn State University, Chapman University, American Lung Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles, and more.
 
Before going into retained executive search, Betsy owned a major public relations agency in Los Angeles which was acquired by global firm Golin/Harris based in Chicago. A graduate of UCLA, she and her husband Cris Credaire live in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles.
 
In February, 2020WOB national headquarters will relocate to Los Angeles, at 241 S. Figueroa St., Suite 300, LA, CA, 90012.  See www.2020WOB.com