Entries by Lisa Pelish

Adapting your board to the digital age

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Less than one in five directors fully understand how the industry dynamics of their companies are changing Board members must increase their Digital Quotient to meaningfully engage senior management We present four guiding principles to close the knowledge gap and drive organizational success – Read More – http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/business-technology/our-insights/adapting-your-board-to-the-digital-age?cid=digistrat-eml-alt-mkq-mck-oth-1607

How women can secure more seats in the boardroom

Deb Henretta, senior advisor at SSA & Company, told Yahoo Finance’s Seana Smith that it’s time to take action to ensure women are in top leadership positions. By Seana Smith – Read More – http://finance.yahoo.com/news/how-to-get-more-seats-for-women-in-the-boardroom-191147348.html#

Betsey Guzior, Bizwomen engagement editor shared – The M&A effect with women on boards

“Diverse groups tend to engage in discussions that are more thorough, more contentious and more likely to identify problems with the topic at hand,” Craig Crossland, University of Notre Dame. Read more – http://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2016/05/numbers-the-m-a-effect-with-women-on-boards.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article&u=wY%2FgitvRcqOv6P0et8EyHg0151dae4&t=1464804659&j=73632722

Why aren’t activist investors putting more women in board posts?

Chicago Tribune article: Activists increasingly are putting loyalists in boardrooms to agitate behind closed doors for asset sales, cost cuts, buybacks and other ways to improve financial results. One topic they’re not bringing to the table is diversity, even though more boards than ever want a mix of women and men as well races and […]

Changing the nature of board engagement

Five tips for directors and CEOs striving to make the most of their limited time. “Ask me for anything,” Napoleon Bonaparte once remarked, “but time.”1 1.See John Strawson, If by Chance: Military Turning Points that Changed History, London: Macmillan, 2003. Board members today also don’t have that luxury. Directors remain under pressure from activist investors […]

Strategies to Address Representation of Women Include Federal Disclosure Requirements

Based on an analysis of interviews with stakeholders, board director data, and relevant literature, GAO identified various factors that may hinder women’s increased representation among board directors. These include boards not prioritizing recruiting diverse candidates; few women in the traditional pipeline to board service—with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or board experience; and low turnover of […]

Who will be our Women to watch in 2016?

Melissa Wylie and Betsey Guzior  take a look at who could make a big difference in 2016. They include game changers at Google and in the auto industry, leading legal minds as well as a few who have endured challenges in 2015 that are likely to continue into the new year. – Read More – […]