Alston & Bird is a gold sponsor of the 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference hosted by ALM.
Sarah Ernst will moderate the panel “Winning a Seat on the Board.” When corporate boards are more diverse, everyone wins; from consumers to employees to shareholders. A 2015 finding by MSCI found that companies with at least one woman on the board outperformed other companies of similar size by at least 5% from 2012 to 2014. Today, we’re beginning to see legislators getting involved in this particular gender-diversity issue, and in 2018 we saw California become the first state to require every publicly held corporation have at least one woman on its board of directors by the end of 2019. Several other states have also passed nonbinding resolutions encouraging corporations to better gender-diversify their boards. This seems to signify a more active role from legislators when it comes to gender diversity in business, so what should we expect in the coming years? In this session, speakers will discuss not only how you can achieve your own corporate board position but also the trends in gender-diversity legislation.
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