The CEO of a biotechnology company in Mexico, a leader of women’s organizations in Singapore, and an investment banker who was named one of Forbes’ five most powerful women in business, are among 15 executives arriving at GWSB Feb. 21 for the launch of a first-of-its-kind fellowship program designed to increase the presence of women on corporate boards.
The 15 fellows make up the inaugural class of On The Board, a program funded through a gift from GW Trustee Linda Rabbitt, and sponsored by GWSB and the International Women’s Forum (IWF). Rabbitt is the founder and CEO of *rand Construction Corporation and an IWF member.
On The Board is the first-ever, globally focused comprehensive training and advocacy program for top female business executives who are prime candidates to serve as directors on corporate boards.
The program is being launched at a time when more than 1,000 corporate directors are men older than 70 who are heading for retirement. Meanwhile, for the last decade, women’s representation on boards has stalled at 16 percent.
The program will officially kick off with the fellows’ arrival on the Foggy Bottom campus next week for their first training residency. Two other residencies are scheduled for July and November.
The launch event, which is open to the public, will feature remarks by Dean Doug Guthrie, IWF President Deedee Corradini and broadcast journalist Andrea Roan.
That will be followed by an introduction of the fellows, and a panel discussion on women’s leadership in business with global experts and webcast audience response from the stock exchanges and capitals of London, Hong Kong, Moscow, Frankfurt, Sao Paolo, Stockholm, Cairo and Johannesburg, among other locations.
“By changing business at the very top level, and pulling it into the 21st century, we will also affect change in the larger business environment and society overall,” said Guthrie.
The 15 women in the inaugural class, who were selected from a large applicant pool, represent a range of industries, including banking, accountancy, food processing, health care and engineering.
On The Board training will be comprised mostly of sessions with faculty, coaches, current board directors and other experts who will address such issues as corporate strategy, crisis management, risk assessment, corporate finance and regulatory compliance.
Join us for a launch day of exploring On the Board’s role in righting the gender imbalance on corporate boards, and why expanding women’s participation in corporate governance is better for both business and society.
For more information or to RSVP, go here.
Posted by gwsb on February 14, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.