Diversity in Leadership

GEM 2010 Women's Report

The Report found that, in 2010, more than 104 million women between 18-64 years old were actively engaged in starting and running new business ventures, contributing significantly to entrepreneurship in all 59 economies studied. Another 83 million women were running established businesses that they started over 3½ years earlier. Taken together, 187 million women were involved in creating and operating enterprises, ranging from just over 1.5 percent to 45.4 percent of the adult female population in these 59 economies. Although entrepreneurial activity among women is highest in emerging economies (45.5 percent), the proportion of all entrepreneurs who are women varies considerably among the economies: from 16 percent in the Republic of Korea to 55 percent in Ghana–the only economy with more women than  men entrepreneurs. A multi-year analysis shows that this gender gap has persisted across most economies for the past nine years (2002-2010).

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http://www.gemconsortium.org/news/757/gem-2010-womens-report-

Gender Imbalance in the Boardroom: Opportunities to Change Course

The ION 2011 Status Report on women directors and executive officers of public companies provides a breadth and depth of regional information not available anywhere else. It addresses the issue of board turnover and the extent to which public companies continue to miss significant opportunities to increase the gender diversity of their boards. “Gender Imbalance in the Boardroom: Opportunities to Change Course” includes data from Fortune 500 companies in 14 geographic areas, as well as hundreds of small and mid-cap businesses that comprise the backbone of U.S. regional economies. Now in its eighth year, the 2011 ION report also offers nominating committees, sitting directors and executive recruiters specific suggestions on how they can increase the momentum of change.

URL: 
http://www.ionwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ION_StatusReport_2011_FINAL.pdf

The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004-2008)

 The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards (2004–2008) is the fourth in Catalyst’s Business Case series. The business case for women in management contends that companies that achieve diversity and manage it well attain better financial results, on average, than other companies. In this report, Catalyst used three measures to examine financial performance: return on sales (ROS), return on invested capital (ROIC), and return on equity (ROE).

URL: 
http://www.catalyst.org/publication/479/the-bottom-line-corporate-performance-and-womens-representation-on-boards-20042008
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Our American Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Women

When Americans picture an immigrant entrepreneur, they likely imagine a man who began the migration of his family, later bringing his wife over to become a volunteer assistant in the shop. This image is straying farther and farther from reality as more women open their own enterprises. Yet the idea that immigrant women might be the owners and originators of some of our restaurants, motels, Silicon Valley hi-tech firms, local real-estate agencies, or other entrepreneurial ventures has yet to become conventional wisdom.
 
Today, immigrant women entrepreneurs abound in every region of the United States. In 2010 for example, 40 percent of all immigrant business owners were women (1,451,091 immigrant men and 980,575 immigrant women). That same year, 20 percent of all women business owners were foreign-born.
URL: 
http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/special-reports/our-american-immigrant-entrepreneurs-women

2011 UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Highest-Paid Executives

California’s Glass Ceiling May Take a Century to Crack.

The UC Davis Graduate School of Management in partnership with Watermark publishes the annual "UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers."

Our seventh annual study details the presence of women at the very top of the 400 largest publicly held corporations headquartered in the state. Our findings paint a disappointing picture of female representation on the boards and in the executive suites of these high-profile companies, which together represent nearly $3 trillion in shareholder value.

Women still hold fewer than one in 10 of the highest-paid executive positions and board seats at the top public firms in California — a rate that has improved by just 0.2 percent annually.

Key Findings of the 2011 Study

URL: 
http://gsm.ucdavis.edu/digital-publication/2011-uc-davis-study-california-women-business-leaders

The Progress and Pitfalls of Diversity on Wall Street

More minorities and women are working on Wall Street, but white men remain very dominant when it comes to the financial rewards available there, according to a new report issued by CUNY's Center for Urban Research (CUR), which is located at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

URL: 
http://www.urbanresearch.org/news/new-report-progress-and-pitfalls-of-diversity-on-wall-street
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