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I’m not surprised a large number of the companies listed are in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) industries. The poll of candidates are limited look at the C-Suite for these same companies and the same will hold true.
Though disappointing that 58 companies would fail to respond to the BE query, I’m not surprised. Recently the 30 Percent Coalition to increase the number of all women of color to 30% by 2015 were ignored by 75 of the Russell 1000 companies reported not to have any women on their boards. While the Boardroom Bound director candidate program I head is inclusive, I’m on the Coalition board because this group is comprised of investment firms, state treasurers, huge pension funds in addition to the usual national women’s advocacy groups. I believe it is important to push for better board representation of all cohorts in the diversity aggregate in a unified front rather than function as splinter groups of the whole. Failure to operate on a unified basis makes all us us a part of the ongoing problem with under-representation on boards in an era of transition from white male dominance to a broader base of market relevant directors, especially those willing to consider balancing profit with considerations of environmental impact and corporate social responsibility.
Hi Linda, I was actually an inaugural member of ABC’s Board Pipeline – In Support of Women’s Leadership series. Network 2000, a women’s leadership organization realized the lack of women represented on boards and provided a grant to train women for board service. Usually the Board Pipeline Development project trains professionals from racially under-represented communities to serve on boards.
So disappointing, but not surprised. I recently completed training through
Associated Black Charities’ (ABC) Board Pipeline Leadership Development project in Baltimore, MD. Although, the training requires you to sit on a nonprofit board; we are still informed about the lack of diversity of board membership over all.
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This article is the start of the new affirmative action monitoring program for Black Americans. With the future changes in affirmative action laws and the civil rights law Supreme Court boondoggle. The real control will have to come from gathering information to make public. The Black Community’s response with their check book will probably have more influence on future selection of Board Members than present social boycotts. BE’s list could be a little more informative with a diversity hiring scorecard and minority vendor purchases. Than you BE.
Black Enterprise’s article “75 Companies Without Black Board Members” inaccurately included Edison International. Peter J. Taylor, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California (UC) system, has served on the boards of directors of both Edison International and Southern California Edison since December 2011. Esteemed educator Dr. James M. Rosser, Ph.D., who retired as President of California State University, Los Angeles earlier this year, served on Southern California Edison’s board of directors for 27 years and Edison International’s board for 24 years. Both are African American. At Edison, diversity makes us stronger in the work place and on our boards. Please remove the company’s name and logo from the story immediately.
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