Women on Boards
In partnership with the San Francisco Chapter of Women in ETFs
Celebrate the great progress being made in getting more women on corporate boards. California SB 826, which took effect Jan. 1, 2019, requires that all publicly traded companies headquartered in the state have at least one female director by the end of this year, and a minimum of three by 2021 for companies with six or more total directors. Numerous independent research studies have shown that having gender diversity on corporate boards is beneficial to the corporation, including increasing profitability, better performance, governance, innovation, and opportunity. Yet, only one-fourth of California's publicly-held corporations have no women directors on their boards.
With the passing of this law in California and bold actions taken by the asset management firms, the movement for more women on corporate boards is at the forefront for corporate governance. Please join us for a lively discussion on this important topic.
Our board experts will lead a discussion on:
- Understanding the context and importance of the California legislation mandating women on public boards by 2020
- How to accelerate the rate of women joining boards
- Challenges and opportunities of being a women on a public board
Learn More & Register
4:00 pm - Welcome, registration, networking
4:30 pm - Introduction of panelists & discussion
5:20 pm - Networking
6:30 pm - Program Close
KT Rabin, CEO, Glass Lewis
Ms. Rabin joined Glass Lewis shortly after the firm was founded in 2003 and was part of the original management team. She was appointed CEO in 2007. Before joining Glass Lewis, Ms. Rabin was Vice President of Communications at supply chain management company QRS Corporation, where she helped create the company’s investor relations program. Previously, she was Director of Research at OTA/Off The Record Research (now OTR Global), an independent investment research firm specializing in supply chain analysis. From 1992 to 1997, she was business editor at the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. Ms. Rabin currently serves on the board of Diversified Health Services, a private healthcare services company that operates assisted living and nursing care facilities in the United States and was formerly on the board of Index, a retail software company funded by General Catalyst, Innovation Endeavors and Khosla Ventures. She is a Charter Member of the Drafting Committee of the Best Practice Principles for Governance Research Providers, which was established in February 2012 upon conclusion of the European Securities and Markets Authority consultation regarding the proxy advisory industry.
Coco Brown, Founder & CEO, The Athena Project
Ms. Brown is founder and CEO of The Athena Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the boardroom by preparing executive women for board service and facilitating board matches. In addition to leading Athena, she is the founder and CEO of Executive Kinections, a CXO focused Silicon Valley consultancy that advises executive teams in the development of their visioning, organizational design, and strategic planning process. Prior to her current roles, Ms. Brown served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, she served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Ms. Brown was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.
Anne Chapman, Managing Director, Joele Frank
Ms. Chapman is a Managing Director at Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, focusing on corporate governance, investor relations and shareholder communication.
Prior to joining Joele Frank, she was a vice president of Capital Research and Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capital Group. For more than 25 years she provided oversight of the firm’s proxy voting efforts, working extensively with investment analysts and portfolio counselors on corporate governance, compensation, and social and environmental issues, participating in the formation of Capital’s proxy voting policies, as well as the firm’s engagement efforts with portfolio companies. Ms. Chapman participates in numerous industry working groups and is a frequent speaker on corporate governance topics. She serves on the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region board and is Vice Chair of the Executive Advisory Board for the University of Redlands School of Business.
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