About Us

What Moves Us

We won’t stop until gender balance and diversity on corporate boards is achieved.

50/50 Women on Boards shares a mutual desire to ignite meaningful change across all corporate leadership levels and bring attention to the business imperative of diverse boards.

In 2010 we launched 2020 Women on Boards, now 50/50 Women on Boards™, to educate, advocate and collaborate with corporations and action groups committed to advancing women to corporate boards. We created our proprietary 50/50 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Directory and Index to transparently track the progress of women, and report insights that compel good corporate governance.

Reaching and exceeding our initial triumphant goal of 20% women directors by 2020, our new campaign boldly calls for gender balance and diversity on corporate boards of the Russell 3000 Index companies.

WHAT DRIVES US.

We at 50/50 Women on Boards share a mutual desire to ignite meaningful change across all corporate leadership levels, and bring attention to the business imperative of equitable boards. 

 

In 2010 we launched 2020 Women on Boards, now 50/50 Women on Boards™, to educate, advocate and collaborate with corporations and action groups committed to advancing women onto corporate boards. We created our proprietary 50/50 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index™ to transparently track the progress of women, and report insights that compel good corporate governance.

 

Reaching our initial triumphant goal of 20% women directors by 2020, our new campaign boldly calls for gender balance and diversity on corporate boards of the Russell 3000 Index companies. But how do we get there? 

 

What gets measured gets done. The misconception that there aren’t enough qualified women to serve on company boards of directors has always been a false narrative, and a roadblock to progress. 

 

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that of the overall number of women that make up the labor force, roughly 60% are white women and little more than 36% are identified as women of color. Of those women, only 32.8% of white women, and 10.8% of women of color hold management positions. Given those statistics, women of color should represent at least 18% of the corporate board seats, but even then these numbers are not a fair representation of women, capable of serving on a board. It starts with the opportunities provided to women, especially women from underrepresented communities.

 

To encourage change, our brand promise is to lead the way to gender balance and diversity on all corporate boards. 

 

Like all things that matter, reaching our goals requires the commitment and collective effort of us all. In support of our vision we will educate, advocate and collaborate with people, and like-minded corporations, on the business imperative of diverse gender-balanced boards, implemented through our research, educational programs, and public awareness campaigns. 

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Meet the

Global Team

Co-Founder, Chair of the Board

Stephanie Sonnabend

Stephanie is passionate about making the world a better place. Former CEO and President of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, Stephanie led a publicly traded...

Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Board

Malli Gero

Malli served as President of 2020 Women on Boards from 2010 through 2017. Before launching 2020 Women on Boards, Malli had an extensive career...

Chief Executive Officer

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Betsy is the CEO of 50/50 Women on Boards, and the author of two books, The Board Game – How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors,...

COO/CMO

Heather Spilsbury

Heather Spilsbury is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for 50/50 Women on Boards, overseeing and executing its global brand efforts and...

Senior Director of Finance & Research

Breanna Bakke

Since 2012, Breanna Bakke has served the campaign’s financial analysis and research. Relocating from Boston to Los Angeles to continue her work with the...

Corporate Relations Consultant

LB Baer

Administrative Coordinator for 50/50wob

Daisy Galvez

Daisy Galvez is the administrative coordinator for 50/50 women on boards supporting the internal team, while coordinating details and communications for their external network...

Natalia McCullough

A graduate of Bentley University in Boston, Natalia earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in Information Design, Corporate Communications and English...

Meet our

Board of Directors

Chief Financial Officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America

Tracey Doi

Tracey Doi is chief financial officer of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America, as well as group...

Vice Chairman, Americas of JLL, Board Director American Campus Communities

Herman E. Bulls

Herman E. Bulls is Vice Chairman, Americas of JLL the 2nd largest global commercial real estate firm in the world. During 30 years at...

Ph.D., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Communications, Creator and Host of “The Deciders” KABC Podcast

Renee Fraser

Renee Fraser, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Fraser Communications, the largest female owned and led integrated advertising agency in Southern California. Renee...

Chief Medical Officer, EMD Serono, Inc.

Maria Rivas, MD

Dr. Rivas is a LatinX pharmaceutical executive, experienced mid-cap public corporate board director, and Columbia University Vagelos medical school trained physician and endocrinologist. At...

ACC, CPC, CDC, Chief Diversity Officer, Reed Smith LLP

John Lino

John is a proven change agent, helping individuals and organizations achieve excellence through his experience as a global law firm leader, diversity professional and...

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Farient Advisors LLC

Robin Ferracone

Robin is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farient Advisors,a compensation and performance advisory firm that  provides compensation and performance advisory services to public...

Member of the Board of Directors of Anthem, Inc. and The Lord Abbett Family of Funds

Julie Hill

Julie Hill is a member of the board of directors of Anthem (a Fortune 50 company and the largest U.S. health insurance company by...

President of Marsh US and Canada

Martin South

As President, US and Canada division, Martin South leads the region’s business and operational leaders in driving Marsh’s strategy. He is a member of...

Board Member at Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Jan Jones Blackhurst is a long-time political and business leader who has left an indelible imprint on the lives of millions of people. In...

Co-Founder, Chair of the Board

Stephanie Sonnabend

Stephanie is passionate about making the world a better place. Former CEO and President of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, Stephanie led a publicly traded...

Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Board

Malli Gero

Malli served as President of 2020 Women on Boards from 2010 through 2017. Before launching 2020 Women on Boards, Malli had an extensive career...

Chief Executive Officer

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Betsy is the CEO of 50/50 Women on Boards, and the author of two books, The Board Game – How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors,...