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Since 2012 we have observed that boards have been adding seats to accommodate women rather than waiting for male directors to step down. This year, 469 companies added 523 board seats to accommodate women. Overall, women gained 902 seats. (2020: Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index for companies in the R3000 Index)
While men had a net loss of 470 board seats, men are still chosen to join boards more frequently than women. In 2019, 42% of the board seats went to women and 36% of the board seats went to women in the first half of 2020. (2020: Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index for companies in the R3000 Index)
“There is a critical need for inclusive leadership within the Tech community. This need continues to grow along with the shift in US demographics and the increased focus on diversity in both the c-suite and on public company boards,” says Penny Collins, CEO & President of Women In Technology.
It is with this in mind that WIT is proud to announce the launch of our WIT Board Readiness™ Program, focused on Women in STEAM. Our WIT Board Readiness™ program is a short-term certification course designed for female leaders in STEAM, offered in a small group format capped at 20 participants that are interested in being on a corporate, VC funded, start up or non-profit board.
The WIT Board Readiness™ program will offer a range of benefits including valuable hands-on practical workshops, knowledge about being on a board, personal guidance on how to market yourself, expert advice on positioning your executive profile and how to network.
“I’m a believer that you should start finding a board seat while you’re still relevant in the business community you serve,” Patti Dismukes, VP of Professional Services – Hunter Technical, WIT Board President explains.
The WIT Board Readiness™ program is a short-term certification course designed for female leaders in STEAM, offered in a small group format capped at 20 participants that are interested in being on a corporate, VC funded, start up or non-profit board. Our application process is competitive and is based on an assessment of the applicant’s skills and experience along with their suitability to take on Board roles in the future.
Once you’ve completed our program, you will have the skills to explore how different types of corporate boards function, gain insight into the roles of board members and committees, expand your personal and professional network, and much more.
Are you ready to have a seat on a Board but not sure what is required to be a successful Board Member?
Do you want to learn more by experienced Board Members who provide you with the personal and professional skills required?
You can visit us online to learn more: https://mywit.org/programs/board-readiness-program/