ION Announces 2010-11 Executive Officers

ION Announces 2010-11 Executive Officers
Focus Continues on Increasing Number of Women on Corporate Boards

Fort Washington, Penn. – May 13, 2010 – The InterOrganization Network (ION) announced its new slate of executive officers for 2010-11. Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane of Women Executive Leadership (Ft. Lauderdale) has been named President of ION and will serve a two year term. In addition to the President, ION’s Executive Committee will be comprised of Toby Gordon of Network 2000 (Baltimore) as Secretary, Ziporah Janowski of Financial Women’s Association of New York (New York) as Treasurer, Member-at-Large Jilaine Hummel Bauer of Milwaukee Women Inc (Milwaukee) and Past President Rona Wells of Board of Directors Network (Atlanta).

“The business case for board diversity, in particular the inclusion of women on corporate boards, is strong and based upon both sound research and practical experience. Even though the challenges are great, I’m encouraged by the energy and passion of the members of ION and other similar organizations across the U.S. that continue to work tirelessly toward our mission of increasing the number of qualified women in the corporate boardroom,” said ION President Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane.

“ION has grown significantly since its inception in 2006 and is now comprised of 14 member organizations. We added two new members from Minnesota and Texas in recent months. ION now represents more than 10,000 women across the U.S. We have a wealth of talent in our member organizations that is represented by the ION board of directors. There are currently many initiatives underway that include:

• Increasing outreach efforts to establish and maintain relationships and partnerships within the business, investment and government communities, as well as the not-for-profit sectors, to effectively collaborate on policy and advocacy initiatives;
• Enhancing member access to board search opportunities and increasing awareness among executive search firms, board nominating committees, and others involved in board candidate searches of qualified women interested in serving on boards;
• Sharing best practices to enable ION’s 14 member organizations to better serve the women represented under the ION umbrella;
• Conducting research on the status of women participating on U.S. public company boards.

“2010 is proving to be an exciting year and one in which we hope to see some progress in achieving our mission. We will continue to benchmark our successes and challenges, and plan to accelerate our efforts until we’re satisfied there’s an equitable balance in the corporate board rooms across America,” Laurent-Ottomane said.

Earlier this year, ION released its sixth annual report on the status of women directors and executive officers. The statistics went beyond examining the status of women in the largest U.S. public companies to include businesses that comprise the backbone of these regional economies. The report’s findings are consistent with those found in national studies: the low number of women directors and executive officers in U.S. public companies has varied little over the last few years. In the 14 regions represented by ION’s member organizations, women hold between 7.6 and 17.8 percent of the board seats and between 7.0 and 15.2 percent of all executive officer positions in the companies included in the research. This year’s report also features interviews with 11 “Guys Who Get It” – CEOs or board Chairmen of major U.S. public companies who understand the value of diversity at the top.

About ION

The InterOrganization Network (http://www.IONwomen.org) is a national nonprofit organization representing approximately 10,000 women dedicated to increasing representation of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. ION creates a national voice for its 14 regional member organizations to influence, build awareness and expand opportunities and connections.
These executive women’s groups join together as ION to combine their energies, leverage their strengths and maximize individual and aggregate influence with the goal of increasing the number and percentage of women who comprise the leadership of corporate America. ION member organizations, including their headquarter locations are:

  • The Board Connection (Dallas)
  • Board of Directors Network (Atlanta)
  • The Boston Club (Boston)
  • CABLE (Nashville)
  • The Central Exchange (Kansas City)
  • The Chicago Network (Chicago)
  • Financial Women’s Association of New York (New York)
  • Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives (Palo Alto)
  • The Forum of Executive Women (Philadelphia)
  • Inforum Center for Leadership (Detroit)
  • Milwaukee Women Inc (Milwaukee)
  • Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable (Minneapolis)
  • Network 2000 (Baltimore)
  • Women Executive Leadership (Ft. Lauderdale)

ION’s founding sponsor is KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm and U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners in 144 countries.

Contacts:

ION President Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane: 561-395-4581, charlotte.ottomane@nvestcom.com
c3PR Principal Mar Junge: 408-730-8506, mar@c3pr.com

ION Releases 6th Annual Status Report

For Release March 22, 2010 6:05 a.m. EDT

ION Releases Sixth Annual Report on Status of U.S. Women Directors and Executive Officers
Report Profiles “Bleak Landscape Ripe for Change,” Features Interviews with 11 CEOs or Board Chairmen Supporting Diverse Leadership

Fort Washington, Penn. – The InterOrganization Network (ION) today released its sixth annual report on the status of women directors and executive officers. The report’s findings are consistent with those found in national studies: the low number of women directors and executive officers in U.S. public companies has varied little over the last few years. However, this year’s report also features interviews with 11 “Guys Who Get It” – CEOs or board chairmen of major U.S. public companies who understand the value of diversity at the top.

“These men, all highly influential business leaders, were chosen because they have demonstrated a clear understanding of the business case for diverse leadership. They are impressive role models for corporate executives looking to diversify their own leadership teams,” said ION President Rona Wells.

Research for the report was provided by ION’s 14 member organizations located across the U.S. The statistics go beyond examining the status of women in the largest U.S. public companies to include businesses that comprise the backbone of these regional economies.

“This year’s report provides a comprehensive picture of a bleak landscape ripe for change,” Wells said. “Too many companies remain mired in the past. Business leaders must look beyond their traditional networks and resources to build teams that include women and people of color.”

To accelerate this effort, ION is taking steps to assist companies interested in modernizing their nominating committee charters and board selection processes. In addition to publicizing the existence of a significant pool of accomplished women available and qualified to serve on corporate boards, ION provides women with a national voice and forum for exchanging ideas, connections and best practices.

The InterOrganization Network (http://www.IONwomen.org), is a national nonprofit organization representing approximately 10,000 women dedicated to increasing representation of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. ION creates a national voice for its 14 regional member organizations to influence, build awareness and expand opportunities and connections. ION’s founding sponsor is KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm and U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners in 144 countries.

Contacts:
ION President Rona Wells: (678) 366-4281, ronawells@mindspring.com
c3PR Principal Mar Junge: (408) 730-8506, mar@c3pr.com

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WEL Announces Launch of Renovated Web Presence

WEL’s new web site offers enhanced features, resources and tools to provide members, non-members, and site administrators a unique online experience that’s both intuitive and practical.

WEL 2008 Census

WEL to Unveil Winners of its Corporate Salute Awards on February 11, 2009

Sixteen Florida companies with Women in their Boardrooms will be honored

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – January 5, 2009 – WEL (Women Executive Leadership), a Florida based organization that advocates, educates, and connects accomplished women, will announce the winners of its 2008 Corporate Salute on February 11, 2009 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Over the last few years, women executives have brought a great deal of change to the corporate landscape. WEL is successfully bringing some change of its own by enabling greater gender diversity to the corporate world here in Florida. At its Corporate Salute, WEL will honor 16 Florida companies that have two or more female Directors on their Boards. Sherry S. Barrat, Executive Vice President for Northern Trust Corporation and President of Personal Financial Services, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Barrat also serves on the Board of Directors for FPL Group, one of the 2008 Florida award winning companies. Eleanor Bloxham, Founder and President of The Value Alliance, an esteemed author and recognized expert on corporate governance, will also speak at the event. “To not only survive but thrive in the current economy, Florida companies are embracing the widest and best talent pool available. WEL plays a key role in helping them identify accomplished women who are ready to bring innovative thinking and leadership,” said Cindy Kushner, President and Founder of WEL. “We help introduce highly talented women to the selection process of Corporate Board and Executive-level positions. Through our efforts, leading companies are able to enlarge their pool of highly qualified candidates and help them expand beyond the same recycled executive talent that is often used for such important positions. In addition to our local network, WEL can tap into a database of over 10,000 potential candidates as a result of our membership with ION (Inter Organization Network). ION is a consortium comprised of 12 regional organizations, representing Florida, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Nashville, Detroit, and Baltimore, all of which work to advance women to positions in the Boardroom and in the Executive suite. These executive women’s groups join together as ION to combine their energies, to leverage their strengths, and to maximize their individual and aggregate influence in order to increase the number and percentage of women who comprise the leadership of Corporate America.”

WEL advocates, educates and connects accomplished executive women. Through extensive networking opportunities and educational workshops, the organization helps prepare female leaders for corporate Board and executive suite positions. WEL enables women to raise their profile and move to the forefront of executive search opportunities. Its signature event, Corporate Salute, provides an important advocacy platform that brings necessary attention to the landscape of gender diversity in the corporate world. WEL will salute the award winning companies and release its 2008 Census Study that details and benchmarks the status and number of women in the Boardroom and in executive positions of Florida’s Top 150 public companies. All qualified members from the corporate sector, private enterprises and not-for-profit organizations are encouraged to join WEL. For membership information and to attend the Corporate Salute, please visit WomenExecutiveLeadership.com.

Women Executive Leadership Honors 21 Florida Public Companies

Women Executive Leadership Honors 21 Florida Public Companies for Having Two or More Women on their Corporate Boards

MIAMI, Feb. 9, 2007 – Women Executive Leadership (WEL) today released the results of its 2006 Florida Census of Women Directors & Executive Officers and honored 21 of Florida’s 150-largest public companies with two or more women serving on their corporate boards at a Corporate Salute held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. According to the results of the Census, which WEL conducted in conjunction with the University of Miami, 14.2% of Florida’s largest public companies had two or more women on their corporate boards in 2006, an increase from 12.2% in 2004.

The 21 companies include: In Miami-Dade County, BankUnited Financial Corp. (Coral Gables, Fla.) and Ryder System Inc. (Miami); In Broward County, Bristol West Holdings Inc. (Davie, Fla.), Claire’s Stores Inc. (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Imperial Industries Inc. (Pompano Beach, Fla.), Parlux Fragrances Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Spherion Corporation (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), and Technical Olympic USA Inc. (Hollywood, Fla.); In Palm Beach County, Hollywood Media Corp. (Boca Raton, Fla.), Jacuzzi Brands Inc. (West Palm Beach, Fla.) and Office Depot Inc (Delray Beach, Fla.); In Brevard County, Harris Corporation (Melbourne, Fla.); In Orange County, Darden Restaurants Inc. (Orlando, Fla.) and Tupperware Brands Corporation (Orlando, Fla.); In Duval County, CSX Corporation (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.(Jacksonville, Fla.); In Leon County, Capital City Bank Group, Inc. (Tallahassee, Fla.); In Hillsborough County, TECO Energy, Inc. (Tampa, Fla.) and WellCare Health Plans Inc. (Tampa, Fla.); In Pinellas County, Raymond James Financial Inc. (St. Petersburg, Fla.); and in Lee County, Chico’s FAS Inc. (Ft. Myers, Fla.).

“We’re very pleased to honor these 21 companies for embracing gender diversity in their boardrooms,” said Cindy Kushner, founder and president of WEL. “We believe these companies value the varied perspectives from a diverse board and recognize the benefits that women bring to their organizations – from better corporate governance to greater shareholder value.”