Solving the Board-Diversity Imperative

One of the common barriers when it comes to getting more diverse voices in the boardroom is not seeing beyond your own networks. Case in point. In an effort to diversify the board of a Fortune 500 company, a board member recommended his neighbor who was professor emeritus of information technology at a prominent university. The professor had great subject matter expertise on information technology but very limited business knowledge. He didn’t read the board materials in preparation for the board meeting which became obvious by the questions he asked during the meetings. He was ultimately not nominated to stand for reelection. Corporate Culture Read more... Employee as DirectorBy April HallLegislation looks to put employees in the boardroom. But should U.S. follow in the footsteps of Germany, UK, or other nations pushing for codetermination? Culture of InclusionBy Beth BravermanThe board’s role in fostering companywide diversity. Such narrow outreach has contributed to limiting the process of diversification in the boardroom, but mandated or not, the diversity imperative for corporate boards is here to stay. Recent activism around workplace equity is helping to move the needle but it’s still moving at a glacial pace. Although we are seeing some momentum, change takes time and dedicated effort. Diversity just doesn’t happen unless there is a belief and commitment to the aspiration of having a more diverse board.  Research studies have repeatedly shown tha...

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