W Company Profiles


                        Paul Sagan

W Company Spotlight:

Akamai Diversity Statement


Akamai delivers a lot more than 30% of the world's Internet traffic.  We also deliver a world of opportunity for smart, motivated individuals who want to have an impact on a global stage, helping today’s leading enterprises more intelligently conduct business online. 

The diverse perspectives and values of our global team members help enhance our ability to make sound decisions and achieve our common goals.  We also recognize that as the global business environment becomes more diverse we will continue to push the boundaries of diversity to enhance our ability to not only service our growing number of clients, but also our employees.  It is our goal to offer our employees numerous opportunities to grow and advance not only to drive business results but to also enrich our culture.  We support the role that diversity in all its forms plays in driving business results for our customers and enabling us to build a truly great company.

Akamai is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. This means we do not make hiring, compensation, promotion or termination decisions based on race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, national origin, or other physical or personal characteristics.


Board of directors from left to right: H.Lee Scott, Jr, Arne M. Sorenson, Jim C. Walton, Michael T. Duke, Gregory B. Penner, Steven S. Reinemund, James I. Cash, Jr, M. Michele Burns, Douglas N. Daft, James W. Breyer, Roger C. Corbett, Linda S. Wolf, Aida M. Alvarez, Christopher J. Williams, S. Robson Walton.  


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Walmart is proud to sponsor the 2020 Women on Boards campaign and its efforts to increase the number of women leaders who sit on corporate boards. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is committed to having a diverse Board of Directors and has been awarded a “W” rating by Women on Boards.

Walmart provides advancement opportunities for its female associates, including training and mentoring programs to help prepare women for additional opportunities. Over the years, the company has made tremendous strides inadvancing the careers of women throughout the organization around the world.  The company’s goal, through mentorship and training, is to continue to build a robust pipeline of future female leaders. In 2009, Walmart’s President and CEO Mike Duke formed the President’s Global Council of Women Leaders. The Council, comprised of senior women leaders within Walmart’s U.S. and International business, focuses on the identification, development, advancement and retention of women to senior leadership roles within the company.

As a result of its efforts, Walmart is often recognized as a good place for women to work.

·      In February 2011, Latina Style selected Walmart as one of the best companies for Latin women and honored Walmart U.S. executive Gisel Ruiz as its Latina executive of the year.

·      In 2011 and 2010, Walmart was chosen as one of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Working Mother Media.

·      In 2011 and 2010, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) selected Walmart as one of the Top Companies for Executive Women.

About Wal-mart Stores Inc.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,000 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than two million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Walmart is committed to initiatives that support diversity and inclusion.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,000 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs more than two million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Walmart is committed to initiatives that support diversity and inclusion.



Board of directors from left to right: Stephen Sonnabend, Charlie Clark, Clarence Davis, George Abrams, Irma Mann, Jackie Sonnabend, Jean Temple, Joe Bower, Peter Sonnabend, Stephanie Sonnabend.

W Company Spotlight:

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

For over 60 years, Sonesta - a publicly traded company since its inception, has owned, managed, designed, built and marketed hotels throughout the world.

With four women and two African Americans on the board of directors, Sonesta truly embraces diversity.  “We operate and brand 34 hotels in the United States, Egypt, Sint Maarten and throughout South America.  Our workforce is extremely diverse which is reflected in all levels of the organization, including the top,” said Peter J. Sonnabend, Sonesta’s Executive Chairman of the Board.

“I like the opportunity to engage with people who think differently than I do,’’ said Stephanie Sonnabend, Chief Executive Officer and President of Sonesta.  ”That’s really what boards are for, really thinking about things differently as opposed to having a board of yes men.”  Sonesta named its first female director to the board in 1995.

Sonesta proudly displays its badge as a 20/20 Women on Boards “W” company on its corporate governance page. [link ‘corporate governance’ to http://www.sonesta.com/Corporate/index.cfm?fa=corporate.home]

About Sonesta International Hotels Corporation

Sonesta Collection is a distinctive international collection of upscale hotels, resorts and cruise ships. Every property reflects the energy, style and spirit of its location. Locally-inspired and artfully-presented cuisine, luxurious accommodations and passionate personal service create an authentic and memorable guest experience. Discover the Sonesta Collection in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Sint Maarten (2), Brazil, Chile (3), Colombia (4), Ecuador, Peru (7), and Egypt (13). Opening soon in: Panama City, Panama; Miami, FL; and San Carlos, Mexico. Visit Sonesta.comm.sonesta.com, or call 800.Sonesta (800.766.3782) in the U.S. and Canada.


Board of directors from left to right: David Kelly, Kate Creagh, Darren Tedesco, Peter Wheeler, Rich Hunter, Janet Reckman, Wayne Bloom, Kathy Lafreniere, Andrew Daniels, Joni Youngwirth.

W Company Spotlight:

Commonwealth Financial Network®

A privately held independent broker/dealer, Commonwealth has stood the test of time and continued to thrive in an industry that has seen its share of instability and upheaval.

All of the firm’s advertising carries the line “Setting the Standard Since 1979,” a statement that defines Commonwealth’s approach to supporting the 1,400 independent financial advisors it partners with, but one that also aptly describes its track record in supporting opportunities for women. From early stewardship of the firm by Chairman Joe Deitch and his late wife, Robbie, to today, when one-third of Commonwealth’s managing partners are women, the firm’s founding vision continues to resonate: to be the best in the industry at everything it does, and to provide a supportive culture where everyone can thrive.

That vision extends to all members of the Commonwealth community. And it comes alive in myriad ways, including the firm’s commitment to maintaining a “best place to work” environment for home office staff—for which it has been honored 15 times in the past seven years. Commonwealth was also named the number one firm on theBoston Globe’s inaugural Top 10 List for Opportunities for Women in 2010.

Commonwealth has long encouraged and celebrated the personal causes and passions its advisors  and home office staff are dedicated to—a commitment the firm strengthened in 2010 with the founding of Commonwealth Cares. A 501(c)3 charity for which the firm bears 100 percent of administrative expenses, the foundation is dedicated to relieving human suffering, promoting social and economic growth, and protecting our planet’s resources.

About Commonwealth Financial Network

Commonwealth is the nation’s largest, privately held independent broker/dealer. The firm supports more than 1,400 independent financial advisors, providing them with the resources and infrastructure they need to serve their clients and grow their businesses. For more about Commonwealth, visit www.commonwealth.com.

Board of directors from left to right: Barry Sloane, Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Stephanie Sonnabend, Linda Sloane Kay, and Marshall Sloane.

W Company Spotlight: Century Bancorp, Inc.

It's no surprise that Century Bancorp Inc. has ascended the Boston Globe's list of top public companies in Massachusetts - from 66th place in 2009 to 51 place in 2010. The bank, headquartered in Medford, is committed to excellence, to the benefit of its stakeholders: customers, employees, shareholders and people in the communities it serves.

The bank's core values drive its success: lend in your home geography, lend with verified collateral, know your customer, care about your communities, and treat your customers and associates fairly. Century Bank's President and CEO, Barry Sloane, notes that these values start at the top, with stellar leadership from a board of directors that includes 3 women. "We appointed our first woman director in 1997. She brought a fresh perspective to our discussions that we all appreciated. It only made sense to bring more women to the table."

Century Bank operates 23 full-service branches in the Greater Boston area and offers a full range of business, personal and institutional services. Century Bank is especially proud of the banking relationships it has established with not for profit organizations throughout New England.

About Century Bancorp Inc.

Century Bancorp, Inc. is a state-chartered bank holding company that operates through its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Century Bank and Trust Company (the Bank). The Company offers a range of services to commercial enterprises, state and local governments and agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals.

Board of directors from left to right: James Robbins, Elaine Eisenman, Philip Miller, Joanna Lau, Jay Schottenstein, Carolee Friedlander, and Allan Tanenbaum.

W Company Spotlight: DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse says its commitment to diversity has helped it become dynamic and thriving  fashion footwear. The specialty footwear retailer, with 313 stores in 39 states, believes that its inclusive culture allows it to reach beyond its walls and make a positive impact on the communities it serves.

The company’s commitment to diversity is evident from its management team to its associates in the field. DSW has six independent directors on its board: three women and three men. It’s a cohesive group that works well as a team to make the best decisions possible for the company and its constituents, the company says.

“We are fortunate to have three highly skilled women on our board of directors. They bring new perspectives to the table and broaden the content of boardroom discussion to include the perspectives of multiple stakeholders,” said Jay Schottenstein, Chairman of the Board of DSW, Inc.

Joanna Lau, Chief Executive Officer of Lau technologies, and a member of the DSW Board since March 2008 noted, “Women do make a difference in the boardroom. They bring a collaborative leadership style that benefits boardroom dynamics by increasing the amount of listening, social support, and win-win problem-solving.”

“When there are more than two women on a board, having women in the room becomes a normal state of affairs. Women change the dynamics of transparency and openness. Nothing is taken for granted,” Lau added.
DSW is a proud donor of 2020 Women on Boards and its objective to advance the role of diversity in corporate America.

About DSW

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse is a leading branded footwear specialty retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual and athletic footwear for women and men. DSW operates 313 stores in 39 states and operated an e-commerce site, www.dsw.com. DSW also supplies footwear to 354 leased locations in the United States. For store locations and additional information about DSW, visit www.dswinc.com.

About "W" Companies

Our list of “winning” companies (W companies) is comprised of public and private companies that have 20% or more women on their boards of directors. If you qualify as a W company and would like your company featured on our website, send us an email at info@2020wob.com. We look forward to hearing form you.