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Men dominate Bay State boards

September 2011

A dozen Massachusetts companies that are among the Fortune 1000 have just one woman on their corporate boards - or none at all, according to a report to be released today by a Boston group that tracks board diversity.

Massachusetts corporations are slightly ahead of the national average when it comes to hiring women to serve as directors, reports 2020 Women on Boards. Link to Article

Are There Really Boards with No Women?

Forbes, August 2011
Three college degrees for every two earned by a man. 85% of purchasing decisions. Nearly 50% of the workforce. And yet, the tiniest of chips in the glass ceilings of  boardrooms across corporate America with women holding just 18% of corporate board posts at S&P 100 companies. What’s wrong with this math?
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Urban Outfitters Board Denounced for Refusal to Include Women or Minorites
Change.org, August 2011
You’d think a corporation that owns multiple brands catering solely to women would have a female-heavy board of directors. But for clothing giant Urban Outfitters Inc. — which owns Free People, Anthropologie, and BHLDN — the opposite is true. Seven people serve on the company’s board of directors. Guess how many are women: None.
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2020 Women on Boards Campaign Recognizes Earthlink
InfoTech Spotlight, July 2011
2020 Women on Boards, a grassroots campaign aimed at raising the percentage of women serving on corporate boards in the U.S. to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020, recently recognized EarthLink, Inc. with top honor.
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Women on Board
US Banker, March 2011
A newer nonprofit, Boston-based 2020 Women on Boards, has a mission to ensure that women make up 20 percent of board members by 2020. It was founded by Stephanie Sonnabend, CEO of Sonesta Hotels, who serves on the board of Century Bank in Medford, Mass.
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CEO Corner: Women on corporate boards (Part I)
New England Cable News (NECN), CEO Corner, February 20, 2011
Two of the Boston Club's officers, Bentley University professor Patricia Flynn and William Bacic, managing partner of Deloitte and Touche, talk about tracking female presidents on corporate boards and corporate governance. They explain why it's so important to have more women involved in the executive decisions of business.
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CEO Corner: Companies with more women representation (Part II)
New England Cable News (NECN), CEO Corner, February 20, 2011
Two of the Boston Club's officers, Bentley University professor Patricia Flynn and William Bacic, managing partner of Deloitte and Touche, talk about companies around Massachusetts and around the world who have a better record of putting more women on top of leadership positions.
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CEO Corner: How to get more women on corporate boards (Part III)
New England Cabe News (NECN), CEO Corner, February 20, 2011
Two of the Boston Club's officers, Bentley University professor Patricia Flynn and William Bacic, managing partner of Deloitte and Touche, give examples of how women on top of leadership positions have benefited some companies. Flynn explains what corporations can do to recruit diversity in the boardroom.
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Board Diversity is Corporate Responsibility: REC Joins 2020 Women on Boards
Responsible Endowments Coalition Blog, January 27, 2011
In terms of environmental and social issues, a culture of better governance including more diversity in the boardroom can only have positive effects. That’s why REC became an affiliate of 2020 Women on Boards, a new initiative that will help define and promote gender diversity in the boardroom.
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Gender diveristy on U.S. boards coming anytime soon?
Fortune Management, CNNMoney.com, January 25, 2011
Stephanie Sonnabend and Malli Gero founded 2020 Women on Boards, a grass roots organization, in December with the idea of using social media tools to change board representation. Their goal:  an 80/20 split between men and women on corporate boards by the year 2020. (Their website includes a directory of companies that currently meet the goal.)
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The Importance of Board Composition and Diversity in Investment Decisions
Commonwealth Business Review (pp. 8-9), November/December 2010
A company's board of directors is rarely a factor in making investment decisions. Yet these are the people responsible for hiring and compensating top executives and evaluating the company's strategic decisions.
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Campaign targets female board representation
Inside Investor Relations, December 13, 2010
A group of Boston area female professionals has launched a grass-roots campaign to raise the proportion of women on corporate boards across the US to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020.
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2020 Women on Boards Forms Grassroots Campaign to Increase Women on Corporate Boards
GlobeNewswire, November 30, 2010
A new initiative, 2020 Women on Boards will raise the percentage of women on corporate boards in the U.S. to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020.
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State's executives still mostly men
The Boston Globe, November 26, 2010
Stephanie Sonnabend, a Boston Club member who is president of Sonesta International Hotels Corp., said the lack of advancement at Massachusetts companies has prompted her to start a grass-roots campaign called 2020 Women on Boards.
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Women board members stagnate
Boston Business Journal, November 24, 2010
Fueled by stagnant data showing relatively few women executive officers and directors in Massachusetts’ largest publicly traded companies, efforts are heating up to change the status quo.
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