Why Can’t Boards Achieve Diversity?

Here is the lede from this WSJ article: “A stubborn paradox reigns across U.S. boardrooms: Companies are appointing more women to board seats than ever, yet the overall share of female directors is barely budging.” In comments to the WSJ, the managing director for corporate governance research at the Conference Board indicated that, in “the…

Illinois Takes Steps Toward Adopting a California-Like Board Diversity Bill

Some of Illinois’ largest companies would have to take a critical look at who’s calling the shots in their boardrooms if a bill making its way through Springfield becomes reality. The legislation, which narrowly passed the House last month, would require any publicly traded company with an Illinois headquarters to have at least one woman…

Diversity Thresholds: How Social Norms, Visibility, and Scrutiny Relate to Group Composition | Academy of Management Journal

Analyses of S&P 1500 boards reveal that significantly more boards include exactly two women (the descriptive social norm) than would be expected by chance. This overrepresentation of two-women boards–a phenomenon we call “twokenism”–is more pronounced among more visible companies, consistent with our theorizing around impression management and scrutiny. Experimental data corroborate these findings and provide…

Looking at wealth management through a “gender lens”

Andrew Behar, head of As You Sow, a San Francisco Bay-area shareholders advocacy group, said putting women in positions of power is simply good for business.“It really creates a better culture that’s going to reduce risk. That’s going to attract the best and the brightest talent,” he said.Behar’s organization offers a free online tool that…