Women on Corporate Boards

Susan Vinnicombe

Success Story from the Field

Starts:  11/5/2015  12:00 PM
Ends: 11/5/2015 2:00 PM
Location: 5th Floor, Rooms 501 & 502, School of Management Building

Membership on corporate boards matters. Important board decisions affecting innovation, good corporate governance, risk management, environmental considerations and sustainability can be far reaching. Despite an acknowledgement that a diversity of perspectives is critical to these decisions, progress -- especially in increasing gender diversity – has been slow.

In 2010, the UK established a commission led by Lord Davies to address the issue. Professor Sue Vinnicombe, Director of Cranfield University’s International Centre for Women Leaders, was a member of the commission and was instrumental in developing a list of 10 recommendations published in the commission report in 2011. In just a few years, the percentage of women on FTSE 100 boards more than doubled to 26.4%. Professor Vinnicombe will speak to us about the remarkable success of this initiative, how and why it happened and what she sees as the implications for other countries such as the United States and Canada. She will engage us in an interactive process to assess the adaptability of the recommendations to contexts outside the UK, and help us understand the deeper issues and challenges involved.

Please join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion!

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