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The InterOrganization Network (ION) today announced that the Ohio-based nonprofit Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) has joined ION as its fifteenth regional executive women’s member organization.
MIAMI – Women Executive Leadership (WEL), South Florida’s leading advocate for the advancement of professional women, has formed a partnership with Florida International University to develop its 2012 census of corporate director and executive officers in Florida’s top 100 public companies.
The census serves as an eye-opening look at women’s progress in the corporate culture. Conducted on a bi-annual basis, the Census takes an eye-opening look at the status and number of women who hold positions on board of directors and executive suites, as ranked by Florida Trend Magazine. The two organizations will work together in developing the Census, and on reporting progress among women in their attainment of director positions. The 2010 census showed that women are poorly represented on Florida corporate boards.
“The College of Business Administration is committed to fostering the professional development of women,” said Dr. Joyce Elam, executive dean of the College of Business Administration at FIU. “Each year, through our Center for Leadership, we offer a leadership development program for women executives and conduct an annual survey of women entrepreneurs. Partnering with WEL to promote and celebrate the participation of women on public corporate boards is another way that we can help women achieve their leadership potential.”
Laura Marks, president of WEL, said the partnership will strengthen an already solid effort.
“The WEL census has become an important benchmark for Florida corporations and for others who view gender diversity in corporate leadership as a priority,” Marks said. “With FIU’s involvement, we can now provide these constituencies with highest-quality information to date, and the best insight on action to attain the goal.”
According to ION’s recently released 2011 Status Report, Florida reported the largest increase, at 5%, in the percentage of women executive officers breaking into the boardroom. Read more about WEL’s position on this data and what else can be done to move the needle.
This morning, ION released its eighth annual Status Report dealing with the number of women directors and executive officers of public companies in the 14 U.S. regions it serves. The report was released in conjunction with Catalyst’s 2011 Census Report on Fortune 500 Companies. ION’s 2011 Status Report provides a breadth and depth of regional information not available anywhere else. It addresses the issue of board turnover and the extent to which public companies continue to miss significant opportunities to increase the gender diversity of their boards.