11/12/13: National Conversation on Board Diversity

2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on US company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020.

This event will be one of many held across the country to promote gender diversity on US corporate boards. Last year, 1400 people attended 27 events in 21 cities. We expect this year's event to be even more successful.

The 2020 Women on Boards campaign:

  1. Creates a goal: 20% gender diversity on US corporate boards by the year 2020.
  2. Takes the message to the masses: Educates people about what a board does and speaks to many groups about why diversity is important.
  3. Holds companies accountable: Categorizes companies into 4 categories: W, V, T, and Z. (W = 20%+, V = Very Close, 11-19%, T = Token, Z = Zero.)
  4. Advocates for change: Sends monthly challenges, congratulates W companies and encourages the Z companies to add women. Educates and engages people throughout the US and selectively abroad through social media and events.

Participants of the 11/12/13 event are joining an incredible network of people who are dedicated to the mission of increasing gender diversity on corporate boards. Your efforts make a difference.

Cost: $75 (includes breakfast and $20 donation to 2020 Women on Boards)

Together we can make it happen!

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Joe Keefe

Joseph F. Keefe is President & CEO of Pax World Funds, a leader in the field of sustainable investing – the full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision making. Pax World Funds include the Global Women's Equality Fund (PXWEX), the only mutual fund in America focused on investing in companies that are global leaders in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. Across all of its funds, Pax World withholds support from all-male corporate board slates, and working with the Thirty Percent Coalition and other institutional investors, actively engages with companies to embrace gender diversity on their boards.

Joe was named by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics" for 2007, 2008 and 2011, and in 2012 was recognized by Women's eNews as one of "21 Leaders for the 21st Century," where he was the sole male honoree. Joe is Chair of the Board of Women Thrive Worldwide, a Washington-based non-profit advocating for shaping U.S. development assistance and trade policy to benefit women and girls living in poverty around the globe. He is also a member of the Leadership Group of the Women's Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of the UN Global Compact and UN Women. Joe has written and spoken widely on the subject of investing in women.

Susan Vinnicombe

Susan's particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women's leadership styles, and the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers. Her Research Centre is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and the annual Female FTSE Report is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK. Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers.

Women on Corporate Boards of Directors; International Research and Practice; (with R. Burke, D. Bilimoria, M. Husen and V. Singh published by Edward Elgar) was published in 2009. Her latest book; Handbook of Research on Promoting Womens Careers; (with R. Burke, L. Moore and S. Blake-Beard) will be published by Edward Elgar in 2013.

Susan has consulted for organizations in over twenty countries including the UAE, the Philippines, Trinidad, Nigeria and Malaysia on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. She has advised government in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Spain on how to increase the number of women on their corporate boards.

Susan is regularly interviewed in the press and on the radio and television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences. Susan is the founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards and a judge for The Sunday Times 'Best NEDs of the Year' Awards. She is a Board member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Vice Patron of Working Families, a charity.

Susan has recently been honored with a Fellowship from the British Academy of Management. She is also Visiting Professor of Curtin University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia. Susan is a member of the Lord Davies Steering Committee. She was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen's New Year's Honors List in 2005.

Cathy Minehan

Cathy E. Minehan is the Dean of the School of Management at Simmons College. The Simmons MBA program is ranked #1 in opportunities for women by the Princeton Review, and was designated #4 small school MBA program for integrating social responsibility and sustainability by the Aspen Institute.

Ms. Minehan retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in July 2007 after 39 years with the Federal Reserve System, having served as the President and Chief Executive of the Boston Bank and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee from July 1994 on. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester and is chairman of the Executive Committee of the University of Rochester Board of Trustees. She holds an MBA from New York University and was named a distinguished Alumna from New York University in 1995. She also serves as Managing Director of Arlington Advisory Partners LLC, an entity she uses to house her various profit and non-profit positions. Ms. Minehan is a director of VISA Inc., the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and MITRE Corporation. She is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Board Member of Partners Healthcare System, and Chairman of the Massachusetts Governor's Council of Economic Advisors. She serves on a number of other non-profit boards in the areas of health care, education and public broadcasting. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of many other honors and distinctions.

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November 12, 2013
7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Linda K. Paresky Conference Center
Simmons College
300 The Fenway
Boston, Massachusetts

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