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The 2020 Challenge is a way for campaign supporters to take action. On the 20th of every month, 2020 supporters receive an email from us asking them to complete a task to support the campaign: encourage 'Z' Companies with zero women on their boards to add a woman.

August 2019

Amerco: Add Women to Your Board

Amerco (UHAL: NASDAQ), the parent company of U-Haul, is the leader in do-it-yourself moving. The company, co-founded by a woman, has an all-male board of directors. Legend has it that in 1945 Anna Marty Carty Shoen and her husband Sam tried to rent a trailer to move their belongings from Los Angeles, CA to Portland, OR. When they couldn’t find one, they started U-Haul. Today U-Haul has more than 21,000 locations in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul, honor Anna and do the right thing.  Put women on your board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Amerco to add women to its board now.


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June 2019


Cogent Communications: Big Reach but Not to Women

Cogent Communications is one of the top five Internet service providers in the world, doing business in over 202 major markets and 43 countries. Despite their huge reach, they are not reaching out to women. There are no women on the Cogent Communications board of directors, and according to their website, no women on their management team. Gender diversity in the boardroom is a global issue. Cogent needs to abandon its good old boy culture and create one that’s inclusive, diverse, and reflects the world we live in.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Cogent Communications to add women to its board now.


May 2019


GreenSky: Join the ranks of enlightened companies

GreenSky, Inc., one of the top 25 IPOs of 2018, helps businesses grow by allowing them to offer credit to their customers for things like home improvements and solar installations. It provides a link between contractors, consumers and banks and has helped finance over one million home improvement projects. GreenSky needs to do its own home improvement: it needs to add women to its board. The company says that it wants to be able to listen and learn, adapt and change. It’s time to adapt to good governance practices and change the composition of its board. Let’s see if they listen.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell GreenSky to add women to its board now.



March 2019


Rev Group: Lead the Way with Women

REV Group (NYSE:REVG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of fire, commercial, and recreational vehicles. From fire engines to ambulances, school buses to street sweepers, they build some of the most recognizable names within their served markets. Rev Group says it “drives to lead the way.” With an all-male board and leadership team, we think they’re asleep at the wheel.  Rev Group, put the pedal to the metal and add women to your board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Rev Group to add women to its board now.


February 2019


ImmunomedicsWomen directors are the best therapy

Immunomedics (NASDAQ: IMMU) is a pharmaceutical company dedicated to innovative immunotherapies in the treatment of cancer, autoimmune, and other serious diseases. The company, committed to scientific excellence, says that a diverse, skilled, and creative workforce drives its success. Another success driver would be the addition of women to its all-male board. Women directors may be just the therapy IMMU needs to successfully bring its products to market.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Immunomedics to add women to its board now.


December 2018

Southern Copper Corporation: Tap into Women

Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE: SCCO) is a world-class mining metallurgical company and one of the largest integrated copper producers in the world. But when it comes to mining directors for their board, they overlooked the mother lode -- women. Among its core values, Southern Copper looks for new ways of doing things for the benefit of workers, the company and society. It’s time that they looked for women to serve on their board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Southern Copper Corporation to add women to its board now.



November 2018


Acacia Communications: It’s time to connect with women

Acacia Communications (ACIA, NASDAQ) is an optical networking company that provides technology that empowers network and cloud service providers to meet growing consumer demands for data. Acacia went public in 2016, and like the majority of IPOs, it still has no women on its eight-member board of directors.

We know that there are many skilled and qualified women, scientists, engineers and others ready to serve on Acacia’s board. They only need to look to find some.  Acacia Communications, commit to advancing women to leadership roles in tech. Put women on your board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Acacia Communications to add women to its board now.



September 2018


What Fuels A Robust Economy? Women on Board

World Fuel Services (NYSE: INT), a leading provider of credit, financial services, and logistics to energy and transportation markets in 8000 global locations, publishes a Code of Conduct to inform its employees and customers about the company’s commitment to inclusion and respect. According to the Code, WFS makes employment-related decisions based on qualifications and merit, and strictly prohibits discrimination of all kinds, including gender. But you wouldn’t know it from its all-male board. It’s time that WFS takes stock of the Code and adds women to its board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell World Fuel Services to add women to their board now.



August 2018


Echostar: You Can't Be Diverse Without Women on Board

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: STATS) is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions, through its two subsidiaries, Echostar Satellite Services and Hughes Network Systems. The company has five directors, all of them men. They say their 2100 employees are adventurous thinkers who love technology and crave diversity. Let's put that to the test: Echostar, if you care about diversity, put women on your board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell EchoStar to add women to their board now.


June 2018


CHS INC.: Time for a New Crop of Directors

Last month, an article in City Pages, a Minneapolis weekly, brought to our attention that CHS Inc., a world leader in the international grain trade, has no women on its board. This Minnesota-based Fortune 500 company, with 600,000 farmer-owners, 11,000 employees worldwide and $30 billion in annual revenue says that “its board is selected by its farmer-owners,” all white men. We say it’s time for CHS to plant some new seeds and sow a new generation of board members that reflects its customers and stakeholders around the globe.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell CHS Inc. that it’s time to rotate its current crop of directors and add women to its board.


May 2018


Luminex: Please Add Women to Your Board

Luminex Corporation (NASDAQ, LMNX) based in Austin TX, is a global company that develops, manufactures and markets biological testing technologies with applications throughout the life sciences industry. They say they are committed to making a difference in the world. They employ engineers, chemists, marketers and physicists and even boast a mentoring program for women, Women@Luminex. What you won’t find there are women directors. All eight directors are men. We urge Luminex to lead by example. Please let Luminex know that it is time to add women to their board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Luminex to add women to their board now.



March 2018

Navistar International: Put Women in the Driver's Seat

Headquartered near Chicago, Navistar International, a global manufacturer of trucks, buses, and defense vehicles, has NO women among ten Anglo men on its board. Yet their slogan is: the world is propelled by new ideas. Here’s one for them: women directors. Now that the U.S. has a woman Secretary of Transportation, surely Navistar can find qualified women for its board. And we can help!

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Navistar to get moving and add women to their board.



February 2018

Skechers: Don’t Underperform

In 2013 we asked Skechers USA (SKX, NYSE) Inc., a $4.16 billion global leader in the performance and lifestyle footwear industry to put women on its board. Five years later, we’re still waiting.

Since 2011 we’ve challenged 47 “Z” companies to diversify their boards. Of these companies, 30 (64%) have added 41 women directors.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to tell Skechers that their footwear company is stuck in the mud. It's time to get moving and add women to their board.



December 2017

Wake Up La Quinta

Wake up on the bright side, La Quinta (LQ, NYSE), and put women on your board. The mid-market hotel chain operates nearly 900 owned and franchised properties in the US, Mexico, Canada, Honduras and Colombia. Women make over 80% of vacation decisions and spend $125 billion on travel each year. Isn’t it time that La Quinta diversified its board to include women?


Take Action: CLICK HERE to take the 2020 Challenge and tell La Quinta to add women to their board now.


November 2017

Woe to Roku

The popular streaming platform, Roku, has an all male board. The company clearly didn’t get the message that women watch more TV than men, about 40 minutes more each day, according to a Neilson survey. With many streaming options out there, it might be time to look into women-friendly options. Netflix, Hulu and Apple TV come to mind.

Send a message to Roku: Get with the program and put women on your board.

Take Action: CLICK HERE to take the 2020 Challenge and tell Roku to add women to the board now. 


September 2017

Churchill Downs Inc.: Start Betting on Women

Churchill Downs Inc. (NASDAQ: CHDN) has evolved from a world-famous venue in Kentucky to a premier racing, gaming and entertainment company. It has five racetracks, six casinos, online gaming, off-track betting facilities and technology companies that support its sports and gaming businesses, with over 5,000 employees and operations in 11 states. But Churchill Downs doesn't bet on women. There are no women on its board.

Be a winner by adding women to your board now. There's plenty of time to do so before the next Kentucky Derby on May 5.


CLICK HERE to take the 2020 Challenge and tell Churchill Downs Inc. to add women to the board now.


August 2017

Catalent Inc., Be A Catalyst for Change

If you’ve taken any FDA-approved drug in the last 13 years, there’s a 50% chance that Catalent Inc (NYSE: CTLT) worked on its development. Catalent is an international leader in drug and biologic technologies, yet like most IPO companies studied in our IPO report, it recently went public without a single woman on the board. Catalent Inc: lead by example. Become a catalyst of progress by adding women to the board now.

CLICK HERE to take the 2020 Challenge and tell Catalent Inc to add women to the board now.


June 2017

US Foods: Your Stakeholders are Hungry for Change

US Foods (NYSE: USFD) caught our attention as the second biggest IPO of 2016, but the company went public with an all-male board. Since then, two more men have been recruited to the board, but not a single woman. US Foods: your stakeholders are hungry for change. Uphold your company values of "customer success, integrity, innovation, and teamwork" by giving women a voice in your boardroom.


May 2017

Canada Goose: Make Board Diversity a Priority

Investors have been flocking to one of the hottest IPOs of the year: Canada Goose Holdings Inc (NYSE: GOOS). The popular jacket manufacturer is known for debuting its parkas in Hollywood films like Manchester by the Sea, but they should have thought twice before debuting their IPO without a single woman on the board.


March 2017

Make Board Diversity a Priority

CACI International (NYSE: CACI) provides information technology services to several branches of the U.S. government, including defense, homeland security, intelligence, and healthcare. A company with such close ties to the government should represent all Americans, yet CACI International has not had a single woman on the board for the last five years. It's time CACI followed its core values: "treat customers ethically, and make their priorities our priority."


February 2017

Sustainable Growth Starts with Diverse Boards

NuStar Energy (NYSE: NS) has won many awards for its “track record of growth,” but this recognition ignores the company’s record on boardroom diversity. The interntational oil company has not had a single woman on the board for the last five years. Sustainable growth begins with good corporate governance and diverse boards. Take the 2020 Challenge and tell NuStar Energy to add women now.


December 2016

Stamp Out All-Male Boards

Sending cards and packages through the mail this holiday season? Think twice before buying postage at Stamps.com (Nasdaq: STMP). This on-line provider for postage services has had no women on its board or executive team since its launch in 1996! A licensed vendor of the US Postal Services, Stamps.com should take a page from the government’s stamp book. Megan Brennan became the first woman Postmaster General in 2015. Stamps.com, make a New Year’s resolution and put women on your board.


November 2016

No Thanks, Pilgrim's Pride

In time for Thanksgiving, consider this: Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (NASDAQ: PPC), a large poultry processor working with over 4,000 family farms to produce 7 billion pounds of poultry annually, has no women on its board. They are happy to sell poultry to women but do not value them enough to find qualified women for their board of directors. Pilgrim’s Pride, adhere to your core values: Act with respect. Take responsibility. Do not makes excuses. Adopt a sense of urgency. Add women to your board now.


September 2016

IDI Inc. Should Search for Women

You might not know much about IDI Inc. (NYSE: IDI), but the data-collection company knows a lot about you, from the number of speeding tickets you’ve received to your favorite take-out restaurant. Can you believe this company can find personal information on any adult in America, but hasn't found a single woman for its board of directors? If IDI's leadership should know one thing, it's that diverse boards make smarter decisions. Take the 2020 Challenge: tell IDI Inc. to use its search abilities to add women to the board.

UPDATE: IDI Inc. added Joan H. Gilman to the board in March 2017 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


August 2016

Fleetcor Technologies Needs Women

FleetCor Technologies (NYSE:FLT) has fueled its success as a global provider of fuel cards and other payment products with a string of strategic mergers and acquisitions. But the company has failed to acquire a single woman for its board of directors. FleetCor's leadership should know that companies with gender diverse boards pay up to 15% less for acquisitions than companies with all-male boards, according to the Sauder School of Business. Take this month’s 2020 Challenge and tell FleetCor Technologies to add women to the board.

UPDATE: Fleetcor Technologies added Hala G. Moddelmog to the board in April 2017 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


June 2016

Restaurant Brands Rejects Women

When Tim Hortons merged with Burger King to form Restaurant Brands International the three women on Tim Hortons' board were not asked to join the new board. Just this month, the all-male board and shareholders rejected a proposal to adapt a policy change that would add women to the board. With so many restaurant choices, why pick one that does not respect women enough to put them on their board? Tell RBI that "W" stands for Women, not just Whoppers.

UPDATE: Restaurant Brands International added Cecilia Sicupira to the board in July 2016 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


May 2016

Garmin Needs to Change Direction

The navigation technology company claims it’s “built to last,” but with zero women on the board of directors Garmin is steering its investors over rocky terrain. The data is clear: the road to smart corporate governance begins with diversity and inclusion. In fact, more than 55% of the Gender Diversity Index companies that went inactive in 2015 due to bankruptcy or a buyout had just 1 or no women on the board. Take the 2020 Challenge and tell Garmin to recalculate its governance strategy by adding women to its board.

UPDATE: Garmin added Rebecca R. Tilden to the board in June 2016 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


March 2016

Intrexon Needs a Dose of Encouragement

Intrexon needs a healthy dose of encouragement. The biotech company has been in the news recently for its innovative approach to curing the Zika virus with genetically modified mosquitoes. Ironically, Intrexon is trying to cure a virus that is most harmful to pregnant women and their infants, yet the company has an all-male board of directors. Study after study shows that women add invaluable diversity of thought to corporate boards – diversity that is essential in tackling the world’s greatest problems. Take the 2020 Challenge and tell Intrexon to remedy its lack of gender diversity by adding women to its board.

UPDATE: On April 25, 2017, Intrexon added Vinita Gupta to the board, making Intrexon a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


February 2016

Coty's Board Needs a Makeover

Coty boasts many impressive statistics: it is the world’s second biggest fragrance company, has markets in over 130 countries, and its top brands include Adidas, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, OPI, Playboy, and Sally Hansen. But the beauty company’s most shocking number of all is zero. Coty has no women on its board of directors or in its C-suite, even though more than 80% of American women shop for beauty products. Take the 2020 Challenge and tell Coty to give its leadership a makeover by adding women to its board.

UPDATE: in April 2017, Coty added Sabine Chalmers to the board, making Coty a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


December 2015

Planet Fitness Needs Better Jugement

Planet Fitness is famous for its Judgment Free Zone® in the weight room, but we think they could improve their judgment when it comes to the boardroom. The company claims to provide a friendly environment where “everyone feels accepted,” but its board of directors is exclusively male. Take the 2020 Challenge and show Planet Fitness that women have what it takes to pull equal weight in the boardroom.

UPDATE: Planet Fitness added Frances G. Rathke to the board in August, 2016 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


November 2015

Kodak’s Idea of Diversity is Out-Of-Focus

Eastman Kodak boasts about having delivered consumers the first digital camera back in 1975, but its idea of gender diversity is as outdated as the black-and-white film that made it famous. Forget flash photography—Kodak needs a newsflash that its all-male board of directors does not reflect 21st century shareholder values. Before you snap the perfect family photo for this year’s holiday card, take the 2020 Challenge and encourage Kodak to put a woman on its board.


September 2015

TiVo Needs A Replay In Diversifying Its Board

Developed as a digital video recorder (DVR) in 1999, today TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) integrates next-generation technology to change the way people watch TV in the U.S. and abroad. Its been a forward thinking company except when it comes to board diversity. With seven all white, male directors, it's a blast from the past. TiVo, get with the times and add women to your board.

UPDATE: on January 12, 2016 TiVo added Wendy Webb to the board, making TiVo a Token 'T' Company with a single woman on the board.


August 2015

Z Is For Zero, Oh Zillow Too

In just nine years, Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) has changed the way people buy and sell real estate. More than half of its users are women, but that hasn't prevented the company from being charged with multiple discrimination suits (sexual harassment, racism, and ageism). Their "frat house" atmosphere fosters the worst type of behavior. This does not make good business sense. Zillow would benefit from the inclusion of women on their board.

UPDATE: on February 11, 2017, Zillow added April Underwood to the board, making it a Token "T" company with one woman on the board.


June 2015

Fitbit Not Fit For Women

Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE:FIT), the colorful bracelet seen on the wrists of the fit and wanna-be fit, is not fit for women. The company that is dedicated to health and fitness of the masses went public this week with no women on its five-member board - another technology company taking the lead from its male investors. We say it's time that the VC community pay attention to stakeholders who want to see the boards of companies where they work, shop and invest reflect the general population.

UPDATE: On June 1, 2016 Fitbit added Laura Alber and Glenda Flanagan to the board, to become a Winning 'W' Company with 20% or more female directors.


May 2015

W    Viacom Celebrates Women in the Here and Now

Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) a world leader in branded entertainment across television, motion pictures and digital media platforms, values women. CEO Philippe Dauman highlighted the company's culture of strong women leaders (half of his direct reports and four out of 12 directors are women) at a company event in March, sponsored by HERE, Viacom's employee resource group focused on women's advancement. The company sends a clear message to stakeholders: women are valued here.

Z     Discovery Communications Should Discover Women

They say they're celebrating 30 years of discovery, but Discovery Communications (NASDAQ:DISCK) has yet to discover the talent women bring to the boardroom. The world's number one pay TV programmer, with brands like TLC, The Family Channel and Oprah Winfrey Network, has 10 men on its board - no women. In 2012 the company amended its governance guidelines to include a commitment to diversity. We say it's time they put their amendment into action.

UPDATE: In December 2016, Discovery added Susan M. Swain to the board, making Discovery a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


March 2015

Industry leader E*Trade Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ETFC) has three women on its board of 12. It was one of the first firms to offer electronic investment services. It's a company poised for long-term success, one that benefits from the skills and diversity of thought that women bring to the boardroom.

Interactive Brokers Group Inc (NASDAQ:IBKR) must have missed the news that women control a large percentage of American wealth: 43% of Americans with assets over $1.5 million are women. Its all male board (with many insiders) probably doesn't know that companies with women directors outperform those without.


February 2015

Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL), one of the largest vacation companies in the world, has two women on its board of nine. Carnival sees diversity as a "powerful advantage where people from different backgrounds are more likely to create breakthrough innovation than a homogenous group."

Norwegian Cruise Line (NASDAQ:NCLH) may have a diversified fleet but its board is one hundred percent male. Norwegian says it has a 48-year history of breaking boundaries; we'd like to see it break some boundaries by appointing women to its board.

UPDATE: Norwegian Cruise Line added Stella David to the board in January 2017 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


December 2014

On the day of this year's National Conversation on Board Diversity, Yum! Brands (NYSE:YUM) became a W Company, appointing Elane Stock to its board of directors. With brands like KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the company was already known for good taste, but now it can boast great governance too.

Not so, Famous Dave's of America (NASDAQ:DAVE). It took Dave 25 years to perfect his barbecue. When it comes to his board of directors, he needs a new recipe. Bubba, put two women on your board to get to more than 20%.


November 2014

Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) manufactures and sells golf clubs and golf balls, golf apparel, footwear and accessories in more than 110 countries worldwide. They may be all about the thrill of the game, but when it comes to their board, Callaway is stuck in the bunker with zero women on their board.

Big 5 Sporting Goods (NASDAQ: BGFV) is one of America's top retailers of name brand sporting goods and accessories, with 420 stores in 12 western states. Big 5 understands sporting goods with offerings that include everything from fitness to cycling, team sports to trampolines. Big 5 also knows how to field a winning team with 2 of their 7 board members women.

UPDATE: Callaway Golf added Linda Segre in 2015 to become a Token "T" Company with a single woman on the board.


September 2014

Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ: CARB) provides cloud back-up services to individuals, families and small businesses. Carbonite says its solutions are designed to give access any time, anywhere to everything from family photos to financials. Yet when it comes to their board, Carbonite does not give women any access.

UPDATE: Carbonite added Marina Levinson to the board in May 2017, making Carbonite a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) also provides cloud storage and access solutions, but Symantec understands the importance of a well-grounded board that connects to all of its markets. Symantec backs up its commitment to diversity with three of its nine directors women. We recognize Symantec for its leadership on the ground and in the cloud.


August 2014

Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) distinguishes itself as a 2020 Winning "W" Company with three of its ten directors women. This leading financial planning company knows that helping men and women build a financial future is best achieved with a board that represents all their clients.

Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE: FICO) provides credit scores to help banks, credit card agencies, retailers and others make important credit decisions. Recently Fair Isaac recalibrated their scoring system, a change expected to loosen credit standards and allow for more borrowing. But when it comes to their board, Fair Isaac scores a big zero with not a single woman on their eight-man board.

UPDATE: Fair Isaac Co added Joanna Rees in 2015 to become a Token "T" Company with a single woman on the board.


June 2014

Monster Beverage Corporation may make energy drinks, but they've put no energy towards adding women to their board. At its annual shareholder's meeting this month, Monster issued the following statement: "THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMENDS THAT STOCKHOLDERS VOTE 'AGAINST' THE ADOPTION OF THE BOARD DIVERSITY PROPOSAL." Monster says the proposal was not in the interest of its shareholders. Are there no women who own shares in Monster Beverage? Comply with California Resolution 62, Monster, and add at least two women directors to your board. Do it now!

If you're looking to quench your thirst and your values this summer, look to products by PepsiCo, Inc. (36% women) Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. (33% women) and Coca-Cola Company (24% women). Each of these soft drink giants is a 2020 Winning 'W' Company. They know the power women yield at the check out counter and the value they bring to the boardroom.

UPDATE: Monster Beverage Co added Kathy Waller in June 2015 to become a Token "T" Company with a single woman on the board.


May 2014

Publix Super Markets, Inc. one of the 10 largest-volume supermarket chains in the country, says it values diversity because of the fresh ideas and unique perspectives a diverse group of people provides. With 33% of their directors women, Publix knows the super value women bring to the boardroom.

Grocery industry leader SUPERVALU INC. serves customers across the United States through a network of 3,400 stores. The 140-year old conglomerate says that to be successful a company must be willing to change with the times. As women make up the majority of their customer-base, SUPERVALU should get with the times and put women on their board.

UPDATE: Supervalu Inc added Francesca Ruiz De Luzuriaga in 2015 to become a Token "T" Company with a single woman on the board, and later added Mary Winston in April 2016 to become a Very Close "V" Company with 11-19% female directors.


March 2014

OpenTable, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPEN) helps people find tables in restaurants around the globe, but when it comes to its boardroom, there are no seats at the table for women. The world's leading provider of on-line restaurant reservations has no women on its board. CEO Matthew Roberts seems to have reservations about women directors, despite the fact that women make reservations and lots of them.

Yelp, Inc. (NYSE:YELP), on the other hand, is a 2020 Winning 'W' Company with two of its nine directors women. The popular app that connects millions of people to great local businesses including restaurants worldwide knows what women bring to the table, no reservations necessary.


February 2014

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) offers television, phone and Internet services to millions of households and businesses in the New York metropolitan area. Cablevision says its board should encompass a broad range of skills, expertise, industry knowledge, diversity of opinion and contacts relevant to its business. Twenty-five percent of its directors are women, proving it to be a company with a great (Cable)vision!

Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR) is the fourth-largest cable operator in the US. They have an 11-member board of directors, all male. Charter says that its board provides the necessary leadership, wisdom and experience to make good business decisions. What's lacking is the diversity of thought that comes when women have a seat at the boardroom table. Charter Communications, it's time to put a woman on your board.

UPDATE: Charter Communications added Kim C. Goodman to the board in July 2016 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


December 2013

Hilton Worldwide launched an IPO this month. The 94-year-old company is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. It was the first hotel company to establish a department of women services, in 1963. Hilton understands that women make the spending decisions for family vacations, girlfriend getaways and other personal travel. No wonder it's a 2020 'W' Company, with two out of nine directors women. 

AMC Entertainment also launched its IPO this month. It's a 2020 Zero company with no women on its board. The national movie theater chain has 300 theaters nationwide and welcomes 200 million moviegoers each year. The company claims it's AMC Amazing. We say it's amazing they went public with an all male board when half of all moviegoers are women.

UPDATE: AMC Entertainment added Kathleen Pawlus in December 2014 to become a Token "T" Company with one woman on the board.


November 2013

Casino giants Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Las Vegas Sands Corporation are playing a bit of Russian roulette when it comes to good governance, with no women on their boards. On the other hand, Boyd Gaming Corporation, a respected name in casino entertainment, doesn't miss a trick with 25% of its board seats held by women. Says Boyd Gaming, we "embrace diversity in every aspect of our business." The other two? No deal!

UPDATE: Las Vegas Sands Corporation added Micheline Chauu in October 2014 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


September 2013

Foot Locker, Inc., a leading global retailer of athletic shoes and apparel, is a 2020 Women on Boards "W" company with 33% of its board seats held by women. The company embraces diversity and acts responsibly on behalf of its customers, associates, investors and communities. Skechers USA, Inc., a billion dollar global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry, has no women on its board. It owns 16.5% of the women's footwear market! Hey Skechers - put your best foot forward! Put a woman (or two) on your board!


August 2013

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store got its start in Lebanon, Tennessee, a small town with family values. The company's mission is "Pleasing People". With three women out of ten directors (30%) they sure are pleasing us.  The Cheesecake Factory, with no women directors out of 7 (0%), says its mission is to create an environment where absolute guest satisfaction is their highest priority. We think customers would be dissatisfied to learn about their board composition! C'mon, Cheesecake Factory. Put a woman on your board!

UPDATE: The Cheesecake Factory added Edie A. Garritano to the board in December 2016 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


June 2013

Taking to the skies this summer? Consider the carrier you're flying with! JetBlue, a 2020 Winning 'W' Company, has three out of 11 women directors. JetBlue says it "uses its values to guide its actions and distinguish it from its competitors." Republic Airways, with no women directors, says, "Accountability is key! When we make mistakes, we'll own up to and correct them." C'mon Republic. Own this: Put a woman on your board now.


May 2013

Becton Dickinson & Company (BD) is a medical technology company that manufactures and distributes medical supplies, devices, and laboratory and diagnostic equipment. With 3 of its 15 directors women, BD says that diversity is at the top of its criteria when considering prospective board candidates.

ResMed, a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative medical products for the treatment and management of respiratory disorders, and has no women on its board. If they did, they'd breathe a whole lot easier.

UPDATE: ResMed added Carol Burt in May 2013 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


March 2013

This month we focus on two chemical manufacturing giants, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (W) and Olin Corporation (Z). Scotts Miracle-Gro embraces corporate policies that foster diversity of ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and age. Olin's management says that they must "take and accept responsibility and be a role model for others." With an all white, male board and no women in their executive suite, we think Olin should take some responsibility now and add a few women to their ranks.

UPDATE: Olin Corporation added Carol A. Williams to the board in October 2015, making Olin a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


February 2013

Let's put our energy towards two Texas-based energy companies, Marathon Oil Corporation (W) and National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (Z). Marathon Oil "lives its values" with a diverse board of directors that includes two women. With an all-male board it's same old, same old for National Oilwell Varco. Their value statement instructs "We create the future through our choices and actions." It's time for more action and better choices, we say!

UPDATE: National Oilwell Varco added Marcela Donadio in April 2014 to become a Token 'T' Company with one woman on the board.


December 2012

Burger King:  Z Company

Burger King, you made a whopper of a mistake. You may be the second largest fast food chain, but you have no women on your board! It's time to try it our way: Put a woman on your board now and get to 20% or greater by 2020!

McDonald's:  W Company

McDonald's, as the world's leading food service retailer, with 33,000 restaurants serving 68 million people in 119 countries every day, you understand the power of diversity. With 23% of your board women, you are a 2020 Winner! We're lovin' it!


September 2012

This month we're featuring two leading distributors and marketers of premium food products, Del Monte and Campbell Soup Company. Del Monte, says they promote and preserve a workplace environment rich in diversity and that diversity is consistent with their shared values. With an all male 7-member executive team and 10-person board, Del Monte's behavior is inconsistent with their values.

At Campbell Soup Company, CEO Denise Morrison says that Campbell's core values are character, competence and teamwork. It's clear the Campbell team celebrates diversity with 5 of its 16 directors women. That sounds "mmm mmm good" to us!


August 2012

It's back to school season and students everywhere are heading to the mall. So this month our challenge features two giant fashion retailers, Aeropostale and Urban Outfitters. Aeropostale, a trendsetter for its cool style and commitment to diversity is a "W" company with 3 out of its 11 directors women. Urban Outfitters says it's innovative but with no women on its board, how innovative can it be? UPDATE: Urban Outfitters added Margaret Hayne in May 2013 to become a Token "T" Company with a single woman on the board, then later added Elizabeth Ann Lambert in December 2014 to become a Winning "W" Company with 20% or more female directors.


May 2012

This month our challenge focuses on two financial giants, Goldman Sachs and BlackRock: two leading global investment companies. Goldman Sachs, a 2020 'W' company with 3 of its 12 directors women, says diversity is essential to its mission. BlackRock, a 2020 'Z' company with 17 all male directors says that their diversity guiding principles reflect their respect for differences. What differences? We'd like to know! UPDATE: Blackrock added Jessica Einhorn and Susan Wagner in 2012 to become a Very Close" V" Company with 11-19% on the board, then later added Cheryl Mills in October 2013 and Pamela Daley in January 2014 to become a Winning "W" Company with 20% or more female directors.


April 2012

Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide. UPDATE: Warner Music Group added Noreena Hertz in May 2014 to become a Toke "T" Company with a single woman on the board.


March 2012

Women make 80% of all travel decisions. Expedia, Inc. has 10 board members and none of them are women! Email Expedia and ask them to take the 2020 Pledge! UPDATE: Expedia added Pamela Coe in November 2012 to become a Token "T" Company with a single woman on the board, and later added Susan Athey in December 2015 to become a Very Close "V" Company with 11-19% female director.


February 2012

Tell Mark Zuckerberg to take the 2020 Pledge: Put a woman on the Facebook board NOW and get to 20% by 2020. UPDATE: Facebook added Sheryl Sandberg in June 2012 to become a Token 'T' Company with a single woman on the board, and later added Susan Desmond-Hellmann in March 2013 to beome a Winning 'W' Company with 20% or more female directors.


November 2011

Congratulations to the 2020 Women on Boards Winning 'W' Companies listed below. Send them a note to let them know you approve!

Congratulate PolyOne Corporation for being a 2020 'W' Company with 22% women!
Congratulate Coach, Inc. for being a 2020 'W' Company with 29% women!
Congratulate The New York Times Company for being a 2020 'W' Company with 42% women!