On the topic of increasing diversity in the work place, let’s consider several points on the subject of gender diversity on the board of corporations (private/public).
- Companies perform better: Companies that have women on their boards performed better than an all-male board, suggesting that mixing genders may temper risky investment moves and increase return on equity. – Bloomberg 2012
- Companies behave better: Companies that invest in gender diversity at high levels are less likely to fall prey to fraud, corruption, and other scandalous episodes. – ThinkProgress 2014
Should quotas be mandated in the U.S. private boards as they are in other countries?
There seems to be the trend as we see the European Commission considering to impose quotas across the EU (Norway introduced a 40% quota, Germany is 30%, and in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is 30% female directors).
Last night’s topic: Women on Boards of Directors. Katarina Bonde was our speaker for the evening. Katarina pitched her startup, Glides, to the Forum of Women of Entrepreneurs, and has since founded several tech companies and has served on 15 Boards. She also owns West Wines in Healdsburg.
- Did you find the Boards or did they find you?
- How did you determine which Boards to serve on?
- What is the typical remuneration for a role on a Board?
- What are the educational requirements for being on the Board and what are the liabilities?