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Colorado Becomes Fourth State to Adopt Gender Diversity on Boards Resolution

The Women’s Leadership Foundation of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce was on hand when Colorado’s General Assembly passed a legislative resolution (HJR 17-1017) calling for equitable and diverse gender representation on the boards of publicly held corporations headquartered in Colorado. The resolution was sponsored by Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran (D-5) and Rep. Lois Landgraf (R-21), and Senators Beth Martinez Humenik (R-24) and Nancy Todd (D-28). 

Within the three-year period from January 2018 through December 2020, the resolution encourages companies with nine or more director seats to have a minimum of three women directors on Full Article

Return on Equality: Investing in Women & Girls

BNY Mellon and the UN Foundation have released Return on Equality: Investment Opportunities to Help Close the Global Gender Gap, a compelling new report that underscores the urgency and opportunities for closing the global gender gap and proposes steps investors can take to advance progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.” Read more.

Thanks to ION Member Financial Women’s Association for access to this report.

Colorado Women’s Chamber to Honor 25 Most Powerful Women

The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce will celebrate five years of honoring Colorado’s most powerful and influential women in business on Thursday, January, 12, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00pm at the Marriott City Center.

The anniversary celebration and event will recognize the achievements of 25 women from the Denver-metro community who serve as role models for other business women for their accomplishments as leaders in business, visionaries, and groundbreakers who inspire others. Since 2013, one hundred women have been honored, and those women will be included in this fifth anniversary celebration.

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Potential vs. Performance: Do Nominating Committees Expect More from Women Board Candidates?

From the Skytop Strategies Gender Equality in the C-Suite and Boardroom 2 Symposium

The recent Skytop Strategies symposium on gender equality in the C-suite and boardroom included a roundtable discussion on the differences in potential vs. performance as it relates to how board candidates are evaluated by search firms and nominating committees. The discussion drew on the research that shows that women and men are often held to different standards in corporate settings, where women are evaluated on past performance while men are evaluated on future potential (Catalyst, 2011; Barsh, 2011).

The roundtable participants made Full Article

Boston Club Corporate Salute Draws Record Numbers, January 2017 Declared Women’s Leadership Month

On December 7th, The Boston Club held its annual Corporate Salute and celebrated the Club’s 40th anniversary. The event broke attendance records with 835 attendees and culminated in the declaration of January 2017 as Women’s Leadership Month by Governor Charlie Baker. Beth Comstock, Vice Chairman of GE was the keynote speaker.  

The Club released its most recent census of women directors and executive officers, reporting increases in the percentage of seats held by women on boards (18.6%) and the number of companies with three or more women directors (19), as well as Full Article

Forum of Executive Women: 1 in Every 3 Board Openings in Philly Region Went to a Woman

16th Annual Women on Boards Report Reveals Encouraging Trends but Not Enough Change to Alter Overall Picture

PHILADELPHIA – (October 27, 2016) – More companies in the Philadelphia region are capitalizing on the expertise and experience of women leaders by selecting them for their boards of directors, according to The Forum of Executive Women’s annual Women on Boards Report, which is being released today at The Forum’s Annual Leadership Breakfast. The report Forces pushing for progress in the boardroom and C-suite — provides a status on the number of women leaders at public companies, universities and health Full Article

2017 Champions of Change Honors Colorado Lawmakers Who Promote Women in Business

Denver, Colorado, October 25, 2016 – The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce will honor and recognize members of the Colorado legislature for their work promoting women in business and their efforts encouraging growth in Colorado on Thursday, November 17, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at The Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion. 

This year’s honorees are:

Senator Laura Woods has helped mothers and families in Colorado through her sponsorship of HB16-1387, which requires insurance companies to pay for medically-needed infant formula due to severe allergies or illness. Senator Woods has also been outspoken in her efforts to pass construction defects Full Article

SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

The 7th annual SAIS conference on board diversity was framed around two questions: do we need a national campaign to drive boardroom diversity in the US? And if so, should that campaign include a national target?

As has been the case in the past, participants from countries that have used targets (or quotas) to increase board diversity expressed strong support for the idea of a national goal, suggesting that it was necessary in order to get the issue of boardroom diversity “on the table” in the US. Those who were opposed to a national target argued that the Full Article