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Our Commitment to Diversity

It’s not a question.

Diverse boards are the answer.

What gets measured gets done.

Leveraging the methodology used by institutional investors our targets for boards reflect the U.S. population, the most diverse growing populace year-after-year.

As of 2019, the demographics of women in the U.S. was approximately 60% White and 40% Women of Color. By 2050, the proportion is expected to shift to 46% White and 54% Women of Color.

Given the statistics, women of color should represent at least 20% of all corporate board seats.

To reach this goal, 50/50 Women on Boards is committed to accelerating gender balance and diversity on boards of Russell 3000 Index companies, with women holding 50% of the board seats and women of color holding at least 20% of the board seats. 

As data is made available by race and ethnicity, we are committed to disaggregating the data to report by Latinx, Black, Asian Pacific Islander, Indigenous, Middle Eastern, and Multiracial men and women board directors.

To drive change we will continue to educate women, including women of color on how to pursue a corporate board seat, advocate for the business imperative of women on boards, collaborate with like-minded corporations and organizations who share this same goal, and transparently report on the progress. 

Our commitment
to diversity

WHAT GETS MEASURED GETS DONE.

Taking the lead of global institutional investors who tailor goals based on a country’s demographics, our target goals reflect the U.S. population, which presents the most diverse populace, and is growing more diverse by the year. As of 2019, the demographics of women in the U.S. was approximately 60% White and 40% women of color. By 2050, the proportion of women of color is expected to jump to 54% and 46% White. Given the statistics, women of color should represent at least 20% of all of the corporate board seats.

A business and human imperative.

Why are we singularly focused on diverse and gender-balanced corporate boards? 

Better decisions are made by boards where women and men from diverse backgrounds work together in balanced proportion.
Having women and men on boards who represent a company’s employees, customers, and stakeholders is crucial for sustained DE&I progress.

Corporate decisions affect all people at all levels. Therefore, the decisions affecting them should include board members with  diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Valuing, supporting, and modeling diversity can create opportunities to challenge conventional perceptions, ignite creativity, and enrich our conversations and connections.

A call for bold action.

We start by asking for change at the corporate level.

be transparent

We ask companies to be transparent by providing reliable diversity statistics and reporting at all levels, especially the leadership and board levels.

We ask companies to add individuals who identify as women, and who are from all racial and ethnic backgrounds, to reach diverse and gender-balanced boards.

embrace diversity

Remove barriers

We ask companies to establish best practices to remove barriers, bias, and racism against women, women of color, and under-represented communities so that they can thrive within the labor force.

Implementation strategies.

  • Create flexible work environments to retain women, including women of color.
  • Look for subconscious and unconscious bias, racism, or structural practices that discourage women including women of color to advance in their careers.
  • Foster and sponsor career pathing of women and women of color earlier in their careers through continuing education and mentorship program.
  • Actively support organizations such 50/50 Women on Boards, whose educational programs strategically accelerate women, including women of color. 
  • Get involved with professional associations or networks to identify diverse candidates.
  • Measure the results, and transparently report on the company’s workforce and board diversity progress.

  • Actively mentor and promote women, including women of color, to leadership positions.
  • Share best practices and your commitment to diversity and gender balance.
  • Identify unconscious or direct biases and address them with other men.
  • Call upon women, including women of color, in discussions to create an environment that encourages collaboration.
  • Give women, including women of color, credit for their work, especially up the leadership chain, AND actively listen and implement their recommendations.
  • Recruit women including women of color to lead high-profile projects.
  • Give women including women of color, credit for their work
  • Advocate for women, including women of color, within your company and to your networks. 
  • Advocate for yourself. Be confident in articulating your accomplishments and value.
  • Advocate for, and mentor, other women, including women of color.
  • Volunteer to increase your networks and visibility.
  • Ask for challenging and high-profile assignments.
  • Ask for introductions to strategically expand your network. 
  • Invest in yourself, and add value to your company, by asking your employer to fund programs that advance your career.
  • Self-identify your race, ethnicity and gender to help push boards to disclose diversity reporting.

50/50 WOMEN ON BOARDS

Diversity Advisory Council

President and CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA)

Esther Aguilera

Esther is President and CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA). She’s a proven leader who brings a 30-year record of successfully executing…
John Lino

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…
Maria Rivas

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…

Strategic Global Executive & Entrepreneur

Darryl Wilson

Darryl Wilson is a strategic business executive who has built highly successful organizations and led complex transformations at General Electric businesses around the world…

Managing Director of Marketing and Community Relations at OREMOR Automotive Group

Jillian Romero Chaves

Jillian Romero Chaves is currently the Managing Director of Marketing and Community Relations at OREMOR Automotive Group and is responsible for spearheading the digital…

President & CEO of LA84 Foundation

Renata Simril

Renata Simril, President & CEO of LA84 Foundation, and  a Board member of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment…

CTP®, AIF®, Deputy State Treasurer + Chief Investment Officer, Illinois State Treasurer

Rodrigo Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia, CTP®, AIF® is the deputy state treasurer and chief investment officer for Illinois State Treasurer Michael W. Frerichs. He directs the Illinois…

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 with a dual focus on building the campaign’s…