The three-day session was the second of three training modules scheduled for 2013 at GWSB, which launched the first-of-its-kind, globally focused fellowship program in partnership with the International Women’s Forum (IWF) in February.
The program – which is funded primarily through a gift from GW Trustee and IWF member Linda Rabbitt, the founder and CEO of *rand construction – is aimed at breaking down barriers to women’s advancement in corporate governance by training and advocating for women business executives who are well-positioned to serve as corporate directors.
Women’s representation on boards has been stalled for a decade at around 16 percent. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 corporate directors are men older than 70 who are heading for retirement, presenting a prime opportunity to prepare qualified women executives to occupy those seats.
The inaugural class of 15 fellows, who hail from all over the United States and overseas, and represent such diverse business sectors as banking, food, health care and energy, were selected through a competitive process. The final training module will take place in November.
The July session included panels and lectures on “Auditing, Regulation and Managing Risk,” “Managing Cyber Risks” and “Financial Decisionmaking”; a visit to the SEC; and a presentation from branding expert Estee Portnoy, who handles retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan’s day-to-day business affairs.
Posted by gwsb on July 23, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.