In this video, I explore whether the increasing focus to have women serve on corporate boards is merely a fad. Will the call of having more women on boards pass or is this a trend that will grow? Here in California we are the first state where publicly traded companies are required to add one woman to their Board of Directors.
Perhaps even more important, what is the benefit for companies that make an effort to have women as leaders? There is a lot of evidence to explore and then just some ‘common sense’ facts to consider.
Here are Some Facts
Currently, for example, a full 57% of college graduates are women (!). That means it is the larger talent pool of qualified candidates. And women make 80% of the purchase decisions (!!) Based on those statistics, why wouldn’t you want to have the women’s perspective at hand when making key strategic decisions as a board?
As you can imagine, in the brewing gender war this is a hot topic and the same old trite sound bites are everywhere. “Shouldn’t it be about the most qualified candidate? What if there just aren’t any qualified women?”To no surprise these comments are made by the very men who believe that women are just not as smart. One YouTuber explained it to me that this is a fact because a man’s brain size is bigger. Therefor it means that men automatically smarter.
I bet you can imagine what I had to say about that!
More Women on Boards?
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Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly-successful global business, and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement and corporate growth.
Recent clients include Merck, Women’s Legislative Caucus of California, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), NFTE, CreativeLive, the Association of Corporate Growth, and TracyLocke.
Beate is the author of the #1 International Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome” a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.
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