Tag Archive: Women In The Boardroom

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    by Angie Chang

    Which Companies Support Women In Leadership Positions And In The Boardroom?

    For all their economic clout, women continue to play a very limited role in corporate governance in California’s 400 largest public companies.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Last week, UC Davis released a study of the state of California women business leaders. The 8th annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Highest-Paid Executives study details companies with at least 25% of the board seats and highest-paid executive positions going to women leaders.

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    by Angie Chang

    Why Are There A "Despicable" Number Of Women On Boards?

    What gets Fran Maier, a member of the founding team of Match.com, riled up? The “despicable” number of women serving on boards and the conventional wisdom on why progress has been so slow. Fran Maier will be speaking at PITCH SF 2013 Conference on February 14 – get your early bird ticket here.

    By Jessica Stillman (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)

    Fran Maier, the first general manager of Match.com and one of the first half dozen employees hired after the company was founded in 1994, has seen plenty of things change in her nearly two decades in tech.

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    by Angie Chang

    PITCH NYC 2012: Geraldine Laybourne (Founder, Oxygen Media) Talks About Starting Up Oxygen And Its Vision

    Live from PITCH NYC 2012 Conference & Competition –

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    At the 2012 PITCH NYC Conference, Oxygen Media founder Geraldine Laybourne talks about working out of the “Wild West”. “I built it the way a woman would build it. I built it with partnerships with cable operators.”

    Instead of trying to climb the corporate ladder, Geraldine describes herself as mission-driven. She went to Disney because she thought she could make a difference.

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    by Angie Chang

    Kickstart Women On The Board – A Vision For The Future

    Announcing a new Kickstarter book publishing project.

    By Deborah Grant (Author, Women On The Board)

    Women On The Board – A Vision For The Future is a 225-page book I wrote earlier this year in an effort to do something positive with the frustration I felt about seeing too few women in top positions of leadership.

    It started the day I received news that Facebook, when going public, announced they would have seven men on their board of directors – and not one single woman. The book’s

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    by Angie Chang

    Women On Boards: The Way Forward

    Why have so many business leaders been slow to take notice when women are absent from their company’s boards?

    By Richard Branson (Contributor, Live Mint & The Wall Street Journal)

    I recently watched 12 Angry Men — that classic 1957 film about a jury struggling to decide the fate of an 18-year-old man who has been charged with murder. The movie gives you a sense of how the legal system worked in the US back then, when juries were less diverse. By today’s standards, we would find it unsettling

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    by Angie Chang

    This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like – Sara Weinheimer

    Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Los Angeles-based angel investor Sara Weinheimer finances women-led startups, with a keen interest in social media and cleantech. She has invested in about a dozen women-led companies through her participation in the Golden Seeds angel investor network and is an LP in the Golden Seeds Fund II.

    She established the southern California chapter for the Golden Seeds angel investor network investing exclusively in women-led early stage companies. At Golden Seeds, she manages deal flow, mentors and advises female-led startups, leads deals, finances

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    by Angie Chang

    Learning To Be A CEO (Create Your Own Network)

    As a startup CEO, you gain an independent and important perspective on many of the key activities you do yourself by serving on another board.

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    There have been a couple of good posts recently about startup CEO’s serving on the boards of other startups. Brad Feld wrote one and Mark Suster continued the thought here.

    The logic is that you gain an independent and important perspective on many of the key activities you do yourself by serving on another board. In particular, Brad lists these advantages:

    • “You’ll extend your network.
    • You’ll view a company from a different vantage point.
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    by Angie Chang

    Zynga Adds Ellen Siminoff To Board Of Directors This Month (Women In The Boardroom)

    Ellen Siminoff, founding executive at Yahoo!, joins the all-male board of social gaming company Zynga.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    From the successful Internet campaign to add Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to the all-male board of directors at the social networking giant (which happened after the company went IPO), to a steady stream of studies and articles touting higher ROI for companies with women on the board, there is a growing awareness of board hegemony making decisions for a heterogeneous society.

    Former Yahoo! executive Ellen Siminoff was added Zynga’s board of directors this month, the first woman to join the previously all-male board. She will also join the audit committee at Zynga.

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    by Angie Chang

    Google’s Marissa Mayer Named New Yahoo! CEO

    Google’s first female engineer and employee #20 leaves for Yahoo’s chief executive position.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Today it was announced that Google’s Vice President of Local Marissa Mayer has left Google for the top position at Yahoo! as CEO.

    Marissa Mayer will be CEO of Yahoo! effective tomorrow.

    She will also take a seat on Yahoo!’s board of directors. Marissa currently sits on the on the board of Walmart as well as the boards of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet, the New York City Ballet and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

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    by Angie Chang

    Men Need To Sponsor Women In STEM Industries For Job Creation, Economic Recovery

    Encourage male peers and colleagues to sponsor women for opportunities, from job promotions to nominations to boards.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Buck the trend and go big. 88% of women-owned firms in the U.S. are sole-proprietorships, according to an female entrepreneurship report by public radio reporter Ashley Milne-Tyte. She talks with prominent women working to increase women’s participation in high-growth entrepreneurship.

    Where today’s highly educated women fall flat on opportunities to spur new job creation is explained by Kauffman vice president Lesa Mitchell, who explains a major problem for women’s advancement in entrepreneurship – the “network problem”:

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    by Angie Chang

    COO Sheryl Sandberg Named To Facebook Board Of Directors (Finally!)

    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg named to the previously all-male board of directors at Facebook.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Sheryl Sandberg has been named to the Facebook board of directors today, according to press release issued today from Facebook.

    Why should your next board member be a woman? The topic of women in the boardroom matters to women because the board wields the real power of a company. If you are missing women in a corporate boardroom, you are missing something obvious – companies with women on their boards have been proven to lead to a higher ROI. You’re missing representation from the other 50% of the population – the women, powerful consumers and producers.

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    by Angie Chang

    Getting On Microsoft’s Board Of Directors

    Today, Klawe advises her students to know what they like but to ask themselves what the world needs. Klawe knew her passion, but the world didn’t need math. It needed computer science.

    By Victoria Pynchon (Co-Founder & Principal, She Negotiates)

    Everywhere we turn these days, we’re being told that it’s imperative to our economic recovery to get women serving on Boards.

    Studies tell us that three is the magic number to achieve immediate and measurable bottom line results but the She-Board needle isn’t moving. As Personnel Today recently observed:

    When it [comes] to drawing up short-lists, women [are] put at a disadvantage as they were judged on their ability to “fit in” with the values, norms and behaviors of existing board members, who were mostly men.