Online Broadcast on November 12 Launches Global Conversation on Board Diversity in 28 Cities

Online Broadcast on November 12 Launches Global Conversation on Board Diversity in 28 Cities

LOS ANGELESOct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — 2020 Women on Boards (2020WOB), the leading education and advocacy campaign advancing women to corporate boards of directors, is kicking-off The Global Conversation on Board DiversityNovember 12, 2020at 9 am PTnoon ET.

Unveiling the 2020WOB Gender Diversity Index statistics and international research, speakers from around the world will present a global perspective to uncover the impact women make on corporate boards, and how business leaders can successfully advance women to the boardroom.

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The latest research from 2020 Women on Boards shows women now hold 22.6% of the Russell 3000 corporate board seats in the U.S., increasing from 20.4% in 2019.

“We’ve been tracking progress in the U.S. for ten years, but research shows that constant pressure from shareholders and investors is still most effective—here and in other countries—to advance diversity on corporate boards,” said Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 2020 Women on Boards. “So, we are igniting a game-changing global conversation to discuss how to achieve gender balance on boards as we enter our next decade.”

Following the Global Conversation, 28 City/State Conversations will live stream events to spotlight “Women Directors During Times of Crisis” from November 16-20 and December 1-4, 2020. Event attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover how women leaders use their experience to navigate the pandemic and grapple with social injustice at national and local levels.
  • Network with senior executives and business leaders to map their path to the boardroom
  • Interact with corporate directors in small breakout sessions to start or continue their boardroom pursuit

Confirmed speakers for The Global Conversation program, as of today, include:

  • Mellody Hobson, co-CEO & President of Ariel Investments, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Ariel Investment Trust, Vice-Chair at Starbucks Corporation, and a director of JP Morgan Chase and Quibi.
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Bank of America, and Chair of the World Economic Forum International Business Council. Bank of America, the top global bank on Fortune’s Change the World list, is also on the magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For and the Best Workplaces for Women. In 2019, the company received the Catalyst Award for supporting the continued development, empowerment, and advancement of women in the company and globally.
  • Ron Williams, Board member of American Express, Boeing, and Johnson & Johnson; former CEO of Aetna; member of RAND Health Advisory Board; author and CEO of RW2 Enterprises.
  • Ambassador Melanne VerveerExecutive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, also serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and previously served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, which President Obama nominated her for in 2009.
  • Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH, President of Wellesley College, globally recognized for her role in advancing women’s health and well-being through innovation in medical research, clinical care, health policy, and education.
  • Valerie Jarrett, Former Senior Advisor to President Barack ObamaJarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, a Senior Advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn, and a New York Times bestselling author of her memoir, Finding My Voice. Jarrett serves on the boards of Lyft, and Sweetgreen, to name a few.
  • Susan C. Keating, Chief Executive Officer of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) Foundation.
  • Ann CairnsVice-Chair of MasterCard and the President of the global 30% Coalition Club.
  • Denise Wilson White, OBE, Chief Executive of the Hampton-Alexander Review.
  • Esther Aguilera, Chief Executive of the Latino Corporate Directors Association.
  • Gina Diez Barroso, Founder of Dalia Empower, CEO/founder of Grupo Diarq, and serves on the Santander Bank in Mexico.
  • John Iino, Diversity & Inclusion Global Chair at Reed Smith LLP, and serves as a 2020WOB board member.
  • Ivana OsagieFounder of the Professional Women Roundtable (PWR) and RisingTideAfrica in Nigeria.
  • Kaori Sasaki, Founder & CEO of ewoman Inc., she serves as a Board member of Nissen Holdings and NEC Corporation, and the Creator of the International Conference for Women in Business.
  • Neharika Vohra, New Vice-Chancellor at Delhi University of Skills and Entrepreneurship, a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Co-Founders of 2020 Women on Boards Stephanie Sonnabend and Malli Gero, will celebrate the history and the tenth anniversary of 2020WOB, revealing the 2020WOB Gender Diversity Index (GDI) U.S.-based research. They will be joined by CEO Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, who will discuss the international intersection between the statistics and trends before announcing the campaign’s future goals.

“The Global Conversation on Board Diversity is essential to accelerating gender balance on corporate boards,” said Malli Gero, Co-founder of 2020 Women on Boards. “We continue to build the enthusiasm of business leaders and educate women on how to secure a private or public corporate board seat. We welcome these distinguished leaders who support and champion our global campaign. We thank our sponsors and supporters who make our campaign possible.

Funds raised through the 2020 Women on Boards events each year support the invaluable research, educational programs, and public awareness campaigns that play an influential role in advancing gender balance and diversity.

This year’s sponsors include: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Toyota, Ernst & Young, Breckinridge Capital Advisors, EMD Serono, Jacobs, Unisys Corporation, Raymond James, SoCalGas Sempra Energy, Zillow, Amalgamated Bank, Franklin Templeton, Associated Bank, Dialexa, Grant Thornton LLP, KPMG, Mint Dentistry, Mora & Associates IIS, Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield, PWC, Santander Bank. N.A., Johnson Jackson, PLLC, Ryder System, Inc., Deloitte, LLP, LACERS, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System, Quigley-Simpson & Heppelwhite, Inc., The Aerospace Corporation, Epstein Becker Green, Cal-Amp, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Stifel, Systems Source, Tillamook County Creamery Association, Portland General Electric, Stoel Rives, The Greenbrier Companies, Wells Fargo, Gossamer Bio, Inc., Major Executive Search, Realty Income Corporation, Accolade, Afognak Native Corporation, Alaska Airlines, Clark Nuber PS, Goldman Sachs, HomeStreet Bank, Orrick, Perkins Coie, Qumulo, Smartsheet,  Weyerhaeuser, Banner Bank, Morgan Stanley, Schwabe, Tableau, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, AvalonBay, CREW DC, Growth Period, Shanska, Exponent, Diligent, William Blair & Company, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Truist, CARCON Industries/STL Engineers, SMU, CWT, McKinsey, UMA Ultimate Medical Academy, AECOM, HealthNet, Loza & Loza, LLC, Teledyne Technologies, Cordoba Corporation, K&L Gates LLP, NW Natural, Republic Services, Cubic Corporation, Mintz, Lockton Companies, Qualcomm Incorporated, BECU, Cooley LLP, Delta Dental of Washington, OneLogin, Outreach, CapitalOne, Chart Industries, Mr. Cooper Group, Marathon Oil Corporation, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Microsoft, The Cole Group, CA Bank & Trust, First American, and 2U, Inc.,Farient Advisors, LLC, and Fraser Communications.

When: The Global Conversation on Board Diversity: “Women Leaders Changing the World,”

Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 9 am PT12 pm ET. Regional city and statewide events the weeks of November 16 – 20 and December 1 – 4.


About 2020 Women on Boards (2020WOB)
2020 Women on Boards (2020WOB), a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the leading education and advocacy campaign accelerating gender balance on corporate boards of directors. Each year, 2020WOB publishes its Gender Diversity Index online, open to the public, to reveal how many women are on public company boards of the Russell 3000 in the U.S. The annual Global Conversation on Board Diversity is the primary showcase of current directors on boards. The 2020WOB mission is to EducateCollaborateAdvocate. Follow us on Twitter @2020WOB or visit us at

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