All in Boards

Lessons For Increasing Board And Corporate Diversity

“We have yet to see a study that says board gender diversity is bad for business. Quite the opposite is true. Boards with diverse talents and perspectives inclusive of gender and race enhance the culture of innovation and critical thinking in the boardroom. Measures of financial health and stock performance can improve. The real challenge is understanding and overcoming barriers to establishing more diverse boards.”

Increasing Board Diversity: Strategies from Activist Investor Susan Baker of Trillium

“We have yet to see a study that says board gender diversity is bad for business. Quite the opposite is true. Boards with diverse talents and perspectives inclusive of gender and race enhance the culture of innovation and critical thinking in the boardroom. Measures of financial health and stock performance can improve. So the real challenge is understanding and overcoming barriers to establishing more diverse boards.”

A Strategic Asset Board: Steve Walker Explains How the Board Can Engage With and Foster Forward-Thinking Strategy and Innovation

“Directors bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives that should be leveraged in assessing a company’s strategic health. Boards can and should be better equipped to address with management the challenges that continually accelerating change in the business environment poses for the development and adjustment of corporate strategy.”

Questions: Linda Graebner Discusses Her Move from the C-Suite to the Boardroom

Linda Graebner spent many years as a CEO leading consumer product companies, and has held numerous other leadership positions in the business world. But she is currently thriving in a new role: the boardroom. At the request of an industry colleague, Graebner became the outside director for the board of another company. As such, her journey in the outside corporate board began. Since then, she has served on numerous boards — as many as five at one time — for both public and private companies. 

Playing the Board Game: Tips for Networking Onto a Corporate Board

Sheila Ronning, CEO and founder of Women in the Boardroom explains, “Lawyers do have skill sets that are useful to boards. For example lawyers are often strategic thinkers and creative problem solvers, they are great at due diligence and asking good questions, and they often do have a fair amount of business acumen. With these skills — and the right approach — securing a board seat can be done.”

Company leaders: Start thinking like activist investors

Management and boards aren’t usually considered activists, but when it comes to fighting for diversity in boards and leadership, many can actually learn from activist strategies. In fact, if more corporate leaders thought like these activists, we might see more diversity, including gender diversity, in all levels of companies. How can corporate leadership learn to embrace the activist approach?