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Building Your Best Board: Why Gender Diversity Matters to Investors

Date: November 17, 2015
Time: 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

Women are not only occupying more board seats at S&P 500 companies, but also are increasingly filling leadership positions on both the board and major committee level. Though the percentage of women filling S&P 500 board seats significantly lags the 30% goals popularly espoused by many advocacy groups, there has been significant progress shown in the past five years.

But, the fact remains that the S&P 500 is ahead of the curve. Research has shown that diverse boards correlate to better company performance, but there are still significant barriers to increasing female representation in the boardroom. Investors are calling for companies to assess and evaluate their boards with an eye toward diversifying not only gender and ethnicity but also range of skills, and companies are required to take a more critical look at their board composition as a means of shareholder engagement.

Join Equilar along with CalSTRS, SAIS and Catalyst for a webinar to discuss the global implications of diversity on boards of directors, how far the initiatives to increase gender diversity have come, and what still needs to be done.

Panelists:

Linda Chen
Vice President, Governance Strategy & Marketing
Equilar

Susan Ness
Director
TEGNA

Aeisha Mastagni
Investment Officer
CalSTRS

Rachel Soares
Director, Research
Catalyst

Dan Marcec
Director of Content
Equilar