Posts Tagged 'Women on Corporate Boards'

Women on corporate boards: Push is on to train more female lawyers to fill spots on corporate boards

by Patti Ahern, for The Chicago Tribune, September 25, 2009.

Corporate boardrooms, long a bastion of male leadership, are under the watchful eye of DirectWomen, an organization designed to promote female lawyers to serve on corporate boards.

Although most corporations recognize the value of female board members and that diverse backgrounds and experience add quality, there is one huge barrier, said Mary Ann Jorgenson, an attorney and head of DirectWomen.

“We simply don’t have a cadre of women as large as the cadre of men,” Jorgenson said.

DirectWomen, an initiative of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and the nonprofit women’s business group Catalyst, recently announced that 21 female lawyers were selected into the 2009 DirectWomen Board Institute…(continue reading)

How Women Have Changed Norway’s Boardrooms

by Kate Sweetman for the Harvard Business Review, July 27, 2009

It takes an open mind to incorporate the lessons that Norway can teach the rest of the world about the value of women on corporate boards. Two years ago, most publicly-traded Norwegian boards themselves had to be forced by law to accept women in any sort of real numbers. Traditional feminists (if there is such a term!) who believe that men and women are not only equal but the same may be tempted to reject the positive differences between men and women that the Norwegian board members say they experience. And men in charge of corporations everywhere who have genuinely tried to on-board women and either 1) not found them, or 2) found them lacking will have to re-examine how well they actually tackled that task…

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