Congratulations Kim Stoll, named 2017 CMO of the Year!

(August 3, 2017, Milwaukee Business Journal) The CMO of the Year and CIO of the Year awards programs are are part of the C-Suite Stars awards. The C-Suite Stars honors top chief financial officers, chief marketing officers, chief information officers and top corporate counsel. To read full article and view slideshow, click here.

Here is a list of the CMO of the Year award winners for 2017:

  • Kim Stoll, Badger Meter Inc.
  • Pat Boelter, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Dries, Valuation Research Corp.
  • Robin Higgins, Zoological Society of Milwaukee
  • Ann Stadler, Marcus Theatres Corp.

Even After the Glass Ceiling Yields, Female Executives Find Shaky Ground

(August 3, 2017, The New York Times) Sheri McCoy of Avon is the third prominent female chief executive to head toward the exit since June, making 2017 anything but the breakout era it was expected to be.

For the better part of five years as the chief executive of the cosmetics giant Avon Products, Sheri McCoy battled collapsing sales, a plunging stock price, a bribery scandal in China and the constant drumbeat of an attack from an activist investor.

On Thursday, Avon announced that Ms. McCoy would step down and that it had started the search for her successor. The day before, Irene Rosenfeld, the chief executive of the Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International, announced her plans to retire later this year. In June, Marissa Mayer resigned as chief executive of Yahoo after it was acquired by Verizon Communications. Like Ms. McCoy, they, too had faced pressure from activist investors.

Researchers at Utah State University concluded in a report last year that women were more likely than men to be promoted to the top job of a troubled company. And then, the researchers found, the women “often lacked the support or authority” to make the kind of changes the company needed, leading to shorter tenures. To read the full article, click here.

(July 27, 2017, New York Business Journal) Deloitte is doing away with employee groups focus on on women and minorities, a new diversity approach one scholar says must be accompanies by serious and intelligent discussions.

The New York-based financial advisory firm has the right idea, because employee affinity groups marginalize people, said Christina Hoff Sommers, a gender politics and feminism scholar. "Companies that promote diversity by offering special programs to women and minorities will be accused of insensitivity to other marginalized groups: trans, physically disabled and neuro-atypicals, to name just a few," said Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

A recent Bloomberg report detailed Deloitte's  plans for replacing affinity groups for women and minorities with "inclusion councils" that include people who used to be in different single-identity groups. They also will include white men.

But Deloitte decided to dismantle those types of groups after learning that many millennial employees don't like to be labeled by a single part of their identity. About 57 percent of Deloitte employees are millennials.

Milwaukee employers promoting diversity
(June 30, 2017, Milwaukee Business Journal, Table of Experts) To create a welcoming workplace and city, more and more companies have come to realize that inclusiveness and diversity are critical to their continued growth and to the overall social and economic health of the Milwaukee Region.

But many companies don’t know where to start or what these initiatives will ultimately entail. The Milwaukee Business Journal recently assembled a panel of experts to explore how the Milwaukee Bucks, Rockwell Automation and the LGBT Chamber of Commerce are working to promote inclusion and diversity. To read full article, click here.

It’s not a pipeline problem. It’s about loneliness,competition and deeply rooted barriers.
(The New York Times, July 23, 2017) A year ago, dressed in suffragette white and addressing a cheering, weeping convention, Hillary Clinton stood for possibility. Now she is a reminder of the limits women continue to confront — in politics and beyond. More than 40 years after women began pouring into the workplace, only a handful have made it all the way to the top of corporate America. The percentage of chief executives of Fortune 500 companies who are women just passed 6 percent, creeping up (and occasionally dropping back) at a glacial pace.

Why don’t more women get that No. 1 job?

Consider the experiences of the people who know best: Women who were in the running to become No. 1, but didn’t quite make it. The women who had to stop at No. 2. What their stories show is that in business, as in politics, women who aspire to power evoke far more resistance, both overt and subtle, than they expected would be the case by now. To read full article, click here.

MADISON, Wis., June 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Business Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBIZ) announced today that Carla C. Sanders has been appointed to the Board of Directors of First Business Financial Services, Inc.  

Ms. Sanders is Senior Vice President of Human Resources and a member of the Executive Committee for AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. AMC is the largest movie exhibition company in the U.S., in Europe and throughout the world with over 40,000 employees worldwide. Ms. Sanders is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of benefits, community relations, compensation, employment practices, human resource systems, talent acquisition and training and development to secure and retain the highest performing talent at AMC. Ms. Sanders is a steward of AMC’s culture ensuring alignment with the long-term strategic priorities of the enterprise. To read full article, click here.

NEW YORK, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Global travel deals publisher Travelzoo® (NASDAQ:TZOO) today announced it has become the only U.S. listed company to have 80% of its board of director seats held by women—the highest female-to-male ratio of any NASDAQ or NYSE-listed company. The landmark event will be commemorated today with a Travelzoo sponsored discussion featuring an all-female panel moderated by Tina Brown, C.B.E, founder and CEO of Women in the World Media and creator of the Women in the World Summit. Today's event spotlights the ongoing issue of lack of gender diversity within listed companies.

"A board of directors should consist of the most qualified individuals being elected. Furthermore, having different perspectives is very important," said Ralph Bartel, founder and chairman of Travelzoo. "I find it disconcerting that only 5 of more than 4,000 U.S. listed companies have 60% or more female board members. I look forward to seeing many more listed companies around the world re-define their boards." To read full article, click here.

(Washington Post, June 19, 2017) After Arianna Huffington, a director at Uber, made a comment about what happens when more women are named to the board, fellow director David Bonderman cracked a joke that prompted his resignation. Uber named Nestle executive Wan Ling Martello to its board last week.

The push to get more women onto corporate boards of directors is getting a lot of attention lately: Investors have been urging companies to make it a priority, Uber came under fire after a director cracked a joke about more women in the boardroom, and a Wall Street statue of a little girl aimed at publicizing the lack of women directors became a viral Internet sensation.

But despite the spotlight, the percentage of female directors appointed to Fortune 500 board seats actually declined in 2016, reversing a trend that had shown seven years of growth. According to a new report from executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, women were appointed to 27.8 percent of director seats that turned over or were added to the boardroom roster in 2016, a slight two percentage-point decline from the year prior. To read full article, click here.

(Milwaukee Business Journal, June 18, 2017) “There’s this misunderstanding that’s lingered from 20 or 30 years ago that it was difficult to find qualified women,” said Lindsay, who joined with Sponem in researching the issue and conducting interviews with leaders in a variety of industries in the hope of offering ideas to help.

That most corporate boards lack gender diversity isn’t in question. Females account for about 16% of board members nationally, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. That’s up from 8% in 1997, but still a very slow evolution, Lindsay and Sponem say.

Some corporations use search firms to identify board candidates, and companies increasingly are putting pressure on those firms to offer diverse choices, said Lindsay Hammerer, an audit partner in KPMG's Milwaukee office and a member of Milwaukee Women inc.

“The old process was one of, ‘Who do I know?’ whether it was board members or CEOs or companies,” Hammerer said. “It was, ‘Who do I know, who do I golf with, who’s in my network?’ And more and more companies are saying, ‘That’s not in our best interest. Our best interest is to really figure out who can add the most value to the dynamics of our board.’” To read full article, click here.

(Milwaukee Business Journal, June 14, 2017) Patricia Watson has been elected to Rockwell Automation's board of directors. Rockwell is growing its board from 11 to 12. Watson is senior executive vice president and chief information officer at Georgia-based Total System Services, a global payment provider.Watson joins two other women executives on the board. To read full article, click here.

The Fortune 500 just got a little more female-friendly.

After dropping to 21 last year, the number of women CEOs on the Fortune 500 list has increased by more than 50% - from 21 to 32. That's a new record: The 2017 ranking include more female chiefs than any previous list since the first Fortune 500 ran in 1955.

There are two ways to look at that news. On one hand, the increase means women are progressing up the American corporate ladder. On the other hand, 32 is still very, very low - just 6.4% of the list - and in no way representative of the wider population. To read full article, click here.

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 24, 2017) Women CEOS earned big bucks last year, but there are still very few of them running the world's largest companies.

The median pay for a female CEO was $13.1M last year, up 9% from 2015 according to an analysis by executive data firm Equilar and the Associated press. But the number of women in CEO roles has barely budged. Just 6% of the top paid CEOs in the U.S. last year were women according to the Equilar and AP analysis, a slight increase of about 5% from 2015 and 2014. To read full article, click here.

Women SMB Owners Achieving Growth Through Community Focus

(The Business Journals, 2017) Women-owned companies account for $1.7 trillion in sales. Their firms employ 9.5M workers. They plan to hire more full-time employees this year, and their future business outlook is positive. Their personal investment portfolios have grown 36% over the past two years and their net worth has increased 23% to $1.2million.

Women SMB owners are eager for the future and have a clear sense of purpose, about themselves and their businesses. Monetary gain is important, yet it cannot come at the cost of doing work that lacks meaning.Many are in service-oriented industries, such as healthcare, education, administrative support and other personal services, that enable them to support, mentor and care for others.

In general, their concerns about all facets of running a successful business are greater than men’s. They also show higher stress levels and concern about being able to keep up with it all.
Women SMB owners make a point of reaching out to and connecting with their local communities. They see their businesses not purely as income generators, but as community members with a responsibility to address key social and environmental issues. It follows, then, that they prefer doing business with other local businesses. Social media, along with other media vehicles, is widely used to help facilitate connection.
To download the full report, click here.

(BloombergBusinessWeek, April 27, 2017) Over the past decade, Rockwell executives have diversified what was a predominantly white male workforce. The current and former chief executive officers have made this a priority and part of managers’ performance reviews. White men are coached to understand—and change—attitudes and behaviors that make women and minorities feel unwelcome and prevent them from advancing. The result: Rockwell isn’t just recruiting more women and minority engineers and managers, it’s retaining more of them.

Building diverse teams is crucial to Rockwell’s growth, CEO Blake Moret tells managers. “This isn’t a one-season fad for us,” he says. “It’s something we’re investing in.”

Rockwell is also notable for what it hasn’t done. Unlike many tech companies and those in other industries, it never set hiring quotas or established formal mentoring programs. Instead, it focused on getting white male managers to change their attitudes. “Most companies are looking to the women and minorities to fit in or to tell them how to fix things and leaving out white men,” says Susan Schmitt, Rockwell’s senior vice president for human resources. To read full article, click here.

(St. Catherine University, March 22, 2017) Now in it’s ninth year, the 2016 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership shows the most significant growth in the number and percentages of women on corporate boards and in the executive offices in its history.

The St. Catherine University report is produced by research from the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program and co-authored by Joann Bangs, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies, and Rebecca Hawthorne, MAOL program director.

According to the study, available today as a special insert in the April issue of Twin Cities Business magazine, the percentage of women on the boards of Minnesota’s 85 largest public companies rose to 19 percent from 15.5 percent in 2015. To read full article, click here.

(Business Insider, Mar. 7, 2017) The world's third-largest asset manager installed a bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street's iconic charging bull statue on Tuesday morning as part of its new campaign to pressure companies to add more women to their boards.

The money manager said it would vote against boards if a company failed to take steps to increase its number of members who are women. State Street plans to send a letter to 3,500 companies on Tuesday asking the companies to act.

State Street is a huge player in the index fund world, managing about 90% of its assets in passive funds, which are often investing in companies held in the Russell 3000 and FTSE.

The money manager has cited gender diversity as a way to improve company performance and increase shareholder value. The lack of women on boards has long been a problem. Beyond pipeline issues, some boards see no reason to increase their gender diversity, data shows.

"There has been a lot of discussion on this topic, but the needle hasn't moved materially," Lori Heinel, State Street's deputy global chief investment officer, told Business Insider after the statue's installment.

State Street wants every company it's targeting to have at least one female board member and to take steps toward fixing its gender gap, Heinel said. To read full article, click here.

Colorado CEOs leading effort for more female board members
(Denver Business Journal, December 27, 2016)  For years the Women’s Leadership Foundation in Denver has been ringing the bell on the lack of women on corporate boards. Annual reports and lunches featuring the dismal numbers were highlighted and practically shouted out to the community.

And yet, the needle never moved.

“We said, this is not getting to the decision makers,” said Gloria Zamora , board member of the foundation, which is a subgroup of the  Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.

Now, a group of Colorado CEOs is joining forces with the foundation in its “Board Bound” movement to get more women on the boards of publicly-traded companies — which currently stands at 11 percent of all board seats in Colorado, compared to 19 percent nationally.

Their goal is to get 45 women seated on Colorado boards by 2018. And they are out there making a business case one CEO at a time. To read full article, click here.

Generac Adds Two New Directors
(BizTimes, December 16, 2016) The board of Waukesha-based Generac Holdings Inc. has elected two new directors to fill existing vacancies, the company announced Thursday.

Kathryn Roedel, a former executive at Select Comfort Corp., will fill a vacancy in the Class III directors and will have a term expiring at the 2018 annual meeting. Roedel is currently an advisory board member at Minneapolis-based BrainHealth Technologies. She previously served in supply chain, product and service roles at Select Comfort and GE Medical Systems. Roedel replaces former Office Depot Inc. chief financial officer Barry Goldstein who retired from the board in 2015.

Dominick Zarcone, chief financial officer of Chicago-based LKQ Corp., will fill a Class II vacancy with a term expiring at the 2017 annual meeting. LKQ is a global distributor of vehicle parts and accessories. Prior to joining LKQ he was managing director and CFO at Baird Financial Group from 2011 to March 2015. Zarcone fills a vacancy created by the departure of Cabela’s CFO Ralph Castner earlier this year. To read full article, click here.

(The Economist, The World in 2017) The coming year will be the most remarkable for women since 1934, when Lettie Pate Whitehead joined the board of Coca-Cola - becoming on of the first women to made a director of a major American company. In 2017, expect to see companies take action to make sure more females occupy powerful positions. To read full article, click here.

Women Gain Seats in the Boardroom
(SpenserStuart, December 2016) The 31st edition of this venerable publication continues the tradition of examining the latest data in board composition, board practices and director compensation among S&P 500 companies. Among the notable takeaways from this year’s proxy analysis: An increase in new female independent directors: Women account for 32% of new independent directors, the highest rate of female representation since 1998 when we began tracking this data for the S&P 500. Last year, 31% of new directors were female. To read full article, click here.

Business Leaders Launch
Paradigm for Parity Coalition and Provide Plan to Achieve Gender Parity in Corporate Leadership Positions by 2030
27 CEOs of Major Companies Commit to Unique Action Plan for Gender Parity

NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a diverse group of current and former CEOs and business leaders announced the launch of the Paradigm for ParitySM coalition, an organization committed to achieving gender parity across all levels of corporate leadership.

"We are thrilled to announce the beginning of a movement focused on achieving a new norm in corporate leadership positions: one in which women and men have equal power, status and opportunity," said Ellen Kullman, Co-Chair of the Paradigm for ParitySM coalition. "Powerful evidence links gender-balanced leadership with financial and stock market outperformance, and we are proud to partner with 27 major corporations to take definitive action to create the gender balance that will generate those tangible benefits."

"While many organizations support gender equality and call for enhanced diversity in the workplace, the Paradigm for ParitySM coalition is unique in that it outlines a specific set of concurrent actions a company can take to achieve gender parity," said Jewelle Bickford, Co-Chair of the Paradigm for ParitySM coalition. "We have spent the last 18 months developing the Paradigm for ParitySM 5-Point Action Plan, a comprehensive roadmap for increasing the number of women in leadership positions, and we look forward to working with corporate executives to implement it across their organizations." To read full article, click here.

Why There Aren't Women On Boards -- And Why There Should Be
(November 30, 2016, Forbes) It’s well known that diverse teams are smarter. Research has found, for example, that companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity were 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry median. Those in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have financial returns above their medians. And, it’s been shown that Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors achieved better financial performance on average, than those with the lowest representation of women board directors. To read full article, click here.

Women in the Workplace 2016
(McKinsey & Company, September 2016) In corporate America, women fall behind early and keep losing ground with every step. More than 75 percent of CEOs include gender equality in their top ten business priorities, but gender outcomes across the largest companies are not changing. Women are less likely to receive the first critical promotion to manager—so far fewer end up on the path to leadership—and they are less likely to be hired into more senior positions. As a result, the higher you look in companies, the fewer women you see.
Women in the Workplace 2016, a study conducted by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey, elaborates on these patterns, provides some explanations for them, and suggests priorities for leaders seeking to speed the rate of progress. To read full article, click here.

Advice for Milwaukee-area women serving on corporate, nonprofit boards? Get passionate.
(Milwaukee Business Journal, November 18, 2016) Prince was among three panelists who discussed challenges and opportunities of serving on boards for companies and nonprofit organizations. That discussion was part of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence 2016 Confidence Symposium held Friday in the Pfister Hotel.

Prince’s emphasis on passion was echoed by UWM associate vice chancellor Phyllis King and Mary Ellen Stanek, managing director and director of asset management at Milwaukee financial services firm Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., who currently serves on the boards of Northwestern Mutual and WEC Energy Group Inc.

All three panelists said, beyond having the time to invest in such a large responsibility, passion for the board’s mission is essential.

“You have to have time, you have to have commitment, you have to have passion for the cause,” King said. To read full article, click here.

ManpowerGroup Elects Julie M. Howard to Board of Directors

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) announced today that Julie M. Howard, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Navigant has been elected to the company's Board of Directors, effective December 12, 2016.

Howard joined Navigant in 1998 and has since served as Chief Operating Officer, President and CEO. She is responsible for the development and implementation of Navigant's long-term strategy and for realizing shareholder value.  A member of the Board of Directors for InnerWorkings, Inc. and a past member of Kemper's Board of Directors, she also serves on the Medical Center Board of Lurie Children's Hospital, and is a member of the Council of Economic Advisors for Cook County, the Economic Club and the Commercial Club of Chicago. Howard is also a champion of women's leadership development and a founding member of the Women's Leadership and Mentoring Alliance. To read full article, click here.

Milwaukee Women inc releases 2016 research on gender diversity on Wisconsin public and private corporate boards

Number of women on Wisconsin to 50 public company boards increases for third

consecutive year

The number of women on boards of the top 50 publicly traded Wisconsin companies (WI 50) again increased in 2016. In 2016, women held 16.9% (76/451) director seats among the WI 50, compared to 15.8% (71 seats) in 2015. The number of WI 50 companies with three or more women directors increased for the first time in a decade. Eight WI 50 companies had three or more women directors in 2016, up from five companies which had remained unchanged since 2007.

“This is the third consecutive year of measurable growth in women on Wi 50 corporate boards. At 16.9%, Wisconsin has now reached the median for the percentage of women on public company boards to compared to the nation,” said Milwaukee Women inc (MWinc) Chair Sandy Wysocki, chief development officer, United Performing Arts Fund. “But while we made progress in 2016, there is much more work to be done.” MWinc has been measuring diversity on corporate boards since 2003 to raise awareness and promote change.

The group also collected information on boards of directors for 47 of Wisconsin’s 50 largest private companies. The percentage of women on these boards was 15.7%, unchanged from 2015, with women holding 45 out of 291 director seats. However, for the private companies, only 23% of them had two or more women directors (vs. 46% for public companies), and 45% had no women at all on their boards (vs. 16% on the public companies).

“There is an abundance of evidence that shows that when women are on boards, companies are more profitable,” explained Wysocki. “Ultimately, our vision is for Wisconsin businesses to achieve a more balanced representation of diversity in their board composition in order to maximize company performance.”

Highlights from the MWinc research report include: 

  • Nearly half of WI 50 companies (23/50) now have two or more women on board members, as compared to only three companies in 2008.
  • 84% (42/50) of the WI 50 companies have at least one woman on their board, a significant increase from 32 companies in 2008.
  • One WI 50 company – Alliant Energy – has a board composition that is more than 50% women.

Milwaukee Women inc is composed of more than 80 women from throughout metro Milwaukee, representing diverse corporate and non-profit executive experience. “We are here to provide resources and serve as a sounding board for Wisconsin companies that want to include more qualified women in their board candidate pools. Diversifying the board room is a key component in building high performance boards and highly successful companies,” said Wysocki.

Links to press coverage of 2016 research report

Milwaukee Business Journal, October 11, 2016

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 11, 2016

Milwaukee BizTimes, October 11, 2016

(U.S. Government Accountability Office, January 4, 2016) Representation of women on the boards of U.S. publicly-traded companies has been increasing, but greater gender balance could take many years. In 2014, women comprised about 16 percent of board seats in the S&P 1500, up from 8 percent in 1997. This increase was partly driven by a rise in women's representation among new board directors. However, even if equal proportions of women and men joined boards each year beginning in 2015, GAO estimated that it could take more than four decades for women's representation on boards to be on par with that of men's. To read full article, click here.

Kohl's Corporation Elects Adrianne Shapira to Board of Directors
(Business Wire, August 10, 2016) Kohl's Corporation today announced that its Board of Directors elected Adrianne Shapira as a new board member, effective immediately. She has been elected to a term expiring at Kohl’s 2017 annual shareholders meeting and will be eligible for re-election by Kohl’s shareholders at that time. She will initially serve on the Board of Directors’ Governance and Nominating Committee.

“Adrianne is a great addition to our board,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, chief executive officer and president. “Her strong financial expertise as well as her broad understanding of the retail industry will be valuable assets to Kohl’s.” To read full article, click here.

theBoardlist Wants to Be the LinkedIn For Female Director Candidates

(Fortune, February2, 2016) The newly launched U.S. Boardlist will let anyone who is looking for board candidates to register to search the database. Users can also apply to be nominating members, which allows them to suggest and endorse candidates. Women who would like to be considered for open seats must be nominated in order to be added to the database, but once nominated, they can fill in LinkedIn-style profiles that list their board experience, expertise, interests, and a short bio. Profile pages also show any endorsements and nominations. To view full article, click here.

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(Ernst & Young, July 2016) Great video!

(MILWAUKEE, July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire) Harley-Davidson, Inc. announced today the election of Maryrose Sylvester and Brian Niccol to the company's board of directors, effective today. Sylvester is President and CEO of Current, powered by GE, and Niccol is CEO of Taco Bell Corp.

"We are pleased to have such highly experienced leaders join our board," said Michael Cave, Non-Executive Chairman for Harley-Davidson, Inc. "Maryrose and Brian each lead innovative companies with strong brand recognition in a very dynamic marketplace. We believe they will bring great insight and energy to Harley-Davidson."   

Sylvester has held a variety of assignments during her 28 years with GE, including President of the former GE Quartz and GE Lighting Systems, President and CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms and, most recently, President and CEO of GE Lighting. To read full article, click here.

Business leader Linda Gorens-Levey joins Ixonia Bank's Board of Directors
(July 8, 2016, Business Journal) Linda Gorens-Levey, partner at General Capital Group and co-chair of the Greater Milwaukee Committee?s Downtown Task Force, has joined Ixonia Bank's board of directors.

"The addition of Linda Gorens-Levey will further strengthen an outstanding board of directors, and her areas of expertise will broaden and complement those of the existing directors," Dan Westrope, president and CEO of Ixonia Bank said. "Furthermore, Linda?s talents will provide another perspective to the board as it guides Ixonia Bank's growth and expansion."

Prior to joining General Capital in 2015, Gorens-Levey had a key role on the boards of several portfolio companies as managing director at Stark Investments. She also served as an associate director of investments in the securities department at Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee. To read full article, click here.

(February 9, 2016) Christine Cumming, a high-profile leader in the financial services sector and former Reserve Bank executive, has joined American Family's board of directors. The board elected Christine to the position this week, increasing board membership to 14.

Christine brings 35 years of experience from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the last 11 years as the first vice president and chief operating officer before retiring last June. Christine joins a board of directors team comprised of leaders in a variety of sectors. She will serve on the board's Finance and Risk Committees. To read full article, click here.

(June 14, 2016) Catalyst, Knowledge Center www.catalyst.orgA statistical overview of the gender leadership gap in S&P 500 companies, representing the United States. Data include the percentage of: S&P 500 board seats held by women; S&P 500 new directorships held by women; and S&P 500 companies with 0 women. To read overview, click here.

Spencer Stuart U.S. Board Index 2015
(November 2015) The 30th edition of this venerable publication continues the tradition of examining the latest data and trends in board composition, board practices and director compensation among S&P 500 companies. This year's study places a particular focus on the growing interest of institutional investors in board composition and performance.

The notable takeaways from this year's analysis:

  • Continued low turnover in board seats: 376 independent directors were added to S&P 500 boards in 2015 compared to 371 last year; however, overall turnover remains low.
  • Fewer first-time directors joined S&P 500 boards in 2015: 26% of newly elected directors in 2015 vs 39% last year.
  • Women join boards at roughly the same level: Females represented 31% of newly elected directors versus 30% last year.
  • Retirement ages continue to increase: 34% of boards set retirement age at 75 or older compared with 8% in 2005; 94% have a retirement age of 72 or older.
  • The chairman role is increasingly independent: 29% of companies now have a truly independent chairman ?€? a non-executive director or former executive who has met the requirements of independence over time.
  • Average per-director compensation rose 5% to $277,237.
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So You're Thinking of Joining a Public Company Board  
(February 9, 2016, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation) For a growing number of listed companies around the world the annual shareholder meeting has come to resemble a trial by ordeal. Instead of the traditional town-meeting business forum, the AGM has morphed into a jousting field where activists, proxy advisors and various special interest groups play a dominant role. This state of affairs has evolved because for the past three decades companies have been resistant to change and defensive about governance reform, while shareholders and activists have taken the lead in successfully promoting greater board accountability and stronger governance rules. To read full article, click here.

(January 28, 2016, Mercer) Women are still a staggering 118 years away from closing the gender gap ?€? in terms of labor market opportunity, education, health, and political clout ?€? according to the World Economic

Forum?€™s recently released 2015 Global Gender Gap report. 118 years! Women are under-represented at all levels, making up just 20 percent of executives according to this reportWe can ?€? and must ?€?do better, and employers and leaders have a critical role to play. The time has come for us to think and act differently.

When Women Thrive ?€? the most comprehensive look at women in the workplace. To read full article, click here.

Q&A: Gender parity on public boards inches forward in Wisconsin

(January 15, 2016, Milwaukee Business Journal) Gender parity on public boards in Wisconsin inched forward in 2015, according to a study by Milwaukee Women inc, a nonprofit organization that works to increase the number of women on corporate boards and in executive offices. Women at Wisconsin?€™s top 50 public companies hold 15.8 percent of the board seats, meaning women hold 71 director seats out of 450, gaining two seats from 2014. To read full article, click here.

(January 11, 2016, Milwaukee Business Journal) The number of women serving on boards of Wisconsin's largest 50 public companies increased slightly from 2014 to 2015. Women at Wisconsin's top public companies hold 15.8 percent of the board seats, according to a study by Milwaukee Women inc. That means women hold 71 director seats out of 450, gaining two seats from 2014. The slight 0.3 percent increase in representation was the second consecutive year of measurable growth. To read full article, click here.

Companies that are gender-diverse are 15 percent more likely to financially outperform their less-diverse peers

(January 11, 2016, Becky Cantieri, VP, HR, SurveyMonkey) According to McKinsey & Company?€™s 2015 Women in the Workplace study, women are underrepresented at every level of the corporate pipeline ?€? with the biggest disparity in senior leadership positions. But if you?€™re not moved by the value of differing perspectives, think about the effects of diversity on your bottom line: It has been shown that companies that are gender-diverse are 15 percent more likely to financially outperform their less-diverse peers. To read full article, click here.

(January 11, 2016, The Washington Post) The percentage of women in the board rooms of the largest U.S. companies has only increased from 15 percent in 2005 to about 20 percent a full decade later. Investors have pressured companies to disclose more about diversity and advocates have created databases of qualified women to fit director seats. Now, legislation is being drafted that would require companies to disclose gender diversity statistics and policies, or explain why they have none. To read full article, click here.

A CEO's guide to gender equality

(November 2015, Executive Briefing|McKinsey Quarterly) The case for gender equality is strong. Why is progress so slow? Progressive executives know that gender equality is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing. That?€™s why more CEOs, heads of state, and university leaders are committing themselves to gender-equality goals for the institutions they lead. But gender equality is proving difficult to achieve. How can companies and public institutions move more quickly? This CEO?€™s guide synthesizes multiple sources to make quick sense of a complex issue. To read full article, click here.

(October 22, 2015, Bloomberg Business) Earlier this year, American International Group Inc. added Linda Mills to its board, attracted partly by her expertise in cybersecurity. In February, Wells Fargo & Co. selected Suzanne Vautrinot for its board for similar reasons. Before that, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. picked Janice Babiak. All directors, all focused on cybersecurity, all women. Over the last five years, as data theft has risen to the top of corporate concerns, 16 of the largest U.S. companies have appointed one or more directors with cybersecurity credentials, 10 of them women, a Bloomberg analysis shows. Given the paucity of women in boardrooms -- fewer than one in five in the Standard & Poor?€™s 500 Index -- the surge has stunned all involved. To read full article, click here.

Corporate Boards Are a Boy's Club and Men Like It That Way

(October 6, 2015, Bloomberg Business) Male directors are skeptical about diversity, a report shows. Women are more certain than men that it is critical to have diverse corporate boards, a new study shows. Sixty-three percent of women on corporate boards said that having female board members was ?€?very important?€? in PriceWaterhouseCoopers's annual survey of public company directors, while only 35 percent of men felt this way. Women hold about a fifth of all board seats at Standard & Poor's 500-stock index companies, according to Catalyst, an advocacy group. To read full article, click here.

Five-year outlook: nearly 20% of directors poised for board exit

(September 2015, EY Center for Board Matters) A close look at data on current board members?€™ ages and tenures shows that 19% of S&P 1500 directorships are held by individuals who are age 68 or older and have served on the board for 10 years or more, up from 14% in 2010. Given that the average retirement-age policy for Fortune 100 companies is 72, we can presume that these S&P 1500 directors ?€? who are within five years of reaching age 72 and, in addition, have tenures of 10 years or longer ?€? are poised to exit the board over the next five years or so. While not a precise measurement, the data reflects that the estimated portion of directors nearing retirement is significant, and greater than it was five years ago. To read full article, click here.

Sheryl Sandberg: When Women Get Stuck, Corporate America Gets Stuck

(September 30, 2015, The Wall Street Journal) At the current pace of progress, we are more than 100 years away from gender equality in the C-suite. If NASA launched a person into space today, she could soar past Mars, travel all the way to Pluto and return to Earth 10 times before women occupy half of C-suite offices. Yes, we?€™re that far away. Today, LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. are releasing Women in the Workplace 2015, a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. In total, 118 companies and nearly 30,000 employees participated, sharing their pipeline data, HR practices, and attitudes on gender and job satisfaction. To read full article, click here.

(August 31, 2015, Christine Lidbury, Executive Director of The Wisconsin Women?€™s Council and Wendy K. Baumann, President of WWBIC (The Wisconsin Women?€™s Business Initiative Corporation) A recent Wall Street Journal article noted recent strides made for women-owned businesses ESPECIALLY with women and minority owned firms.  We saw from the view of WWBIC (The Wisconsin Women?€™s Business Initiative Corporation) that these numbers align with our nearly 30 year MISSION, to assist in starting, strengthening and expanding small businesses and improve the economic wellbeing of our targeted clients ?€? women, minority and lower-wealth individuals. To read full article, click here.

Women Make Strides in Business Ownership

(August 19, 2015, Wall Street Journal) While the growth rate of new businesses remains stalled, fresh government data show the share of women-owned firms has climbed. The total number of U.S. firms edged up 2% to 27.6 million between 2007 and 2012, according to preliminary U.S. Census Bureau data released this week. But the number of women-owned firms grew much faster, rising 27% during that time. The overall figures provide the latest evidence of a worrisome decline in business formation. The number of firms with paid employees fell by 5% to 5.4 million between 2007 and 2012 and is 2% below 2002 levels, according to the new census data. To read full article, click here.

(July 27, 2015, Business Journal, Madison, WI) Alliant Energy Corporation named Deborah B. Dunie and Thomas F. O'Tool as directors, effective today. Ms. Dunie most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CACI International Inc., an information solutions and services company in the government sector. Chief Marketing Officer and President, MileagePlus of United Continental Holdings, Inc., a global air carrier. Ms. Dunie was with CACI International from 2006 to 2014. Prior to that, she served in various key information policy positions in government and private businesses such as the Department of Defense - Office of the Secretary of Defense, Oracle Corporation, Raytheon Company, Martin Marietta (now part of Lockheed Martin), General Electric and ITT Corporation. To read full article, click here.

Twin Disc, Inc. Appoints Janet P. Giesselman to Board of Directors

(July 01, 2015, RACINE, Wis., Business Wire) Twin Disc, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors appointed Janet P. Giesselman to the Company?€™s Board effective June 30, 2015. Ms. Giesselman will finish the term of Malcolm Moore, who resigned from the Board on June 30, 2015. Ms. Giesselman, 60, is the retired President and General Manager of Dow Oil & Gas, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. She has over 30 years of experience managing agriculture, energy, chemical, and manufacturing businesses in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. To read full article, click here.

(March 13, 2015, Milwaukee Business Journal) Milwaukee grocery chain Roundy's Inc. said Thursday it has appointed seasoned marketing executive Kimberly Fiel to its board ?€? becoming the company's first woman director since Roundy's was called out in 2013 by local business leaders for having no women on its board or in its executive suite. Prior to Feil's appointment, Roundy's (NYSE: RNDY) was a member of the so-called "0:0 club" ?€? no women in its executive suite or on the board of directors. To read full article, click here.

2014 Catalyst Census Data Released: Women Board Directors

(January 13, 2015) In January Catalyst released its new census, which incorporates data on the representation of women in boardrooms across 20 countries. While Norway leads the way with 35.5% of board seats held by women, the percentage of board seats held by women in several countries is still in the single digits.

Numbers are only the starting point of a broader conversation. The realities around board service vary greatly depending on location, as seen in this analysis of different global corporate governance trends.

There is some good news in the 2014 Census. Lists of S&P 500  and S&P/TSX 60 companies at which more than 25% of board seats are held by women, as well as those with zero women on their boards, are included in the census?€?and there are more companies with 25% women than there are with zero. To read full artlce, click here.

Women on US boards: what are we seeing?

(February 2015, EY Center for Board Matters, Ernst & Young LLP) Despite the value of bringing more women onto corporate boards being increasingly recognized, US companies continue a slow march toward gender diversity. While progress is being made, it is not at the pace needed to result in a significant expansion of board diversity in the near term, or to compete with public sector approaches being taken in other markets.

The report highlight three observations about gender diversity on US corporate boards: increasing board size to add female directors is common, female directors bring different experience to the board, and gender diversity is rising, but slowly. To read the full article, click here.

Gale Klappa, Chairman and CEO, Wisconsin Energy Corp., receives GMC Mary Ellen Stanek award for Diversity

(February 9, 2015) Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc, gave the third annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance to Wisconsin Energy Corp. Chairman and CEO Gale Klappa at the GMC annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 9.

Pictured: John Daniels, GMC Chair; Phyllis King, MWi Chair; Gale Klappa; and Mary Ellen Stanek.

The Mary Ellen Stanek Award was established in 2013 to recognize an individual or entity exhibiting leadership, influence and impact resulting in increased diversity on corporate boards in our region. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Mary Ellen Stanek, and the second to ManpowerGroup Chairman Jeff Joerres.

?€?Gale knows the importance to the company?€™s culture and bottom line of having women and minorities in leadership positions,?€? said Phyllis King, Milwaukee Women inc chair and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee associate vice chancellor. ?€?Wisconsin Energy, under Gale?€™s leadership, has been recognized around the state, country and even the world for its leadership and supplier diversity practices, and serves as an important source of best practices for many of our region?€™s companies.?€?      

According to the GMC, Klappa is a champion for diversity in the workplace. In fall 2014, he joined Jeff Joerres to lead the new GMC and MWi Board Diversity Initiative (see article above), housed in the GMC?€™s Future Workforce Committee, which has three goals:

  1. Support Milwaukee Women inc?€™s goal of moving from 15.5% to 25% women on the Wisconsin Top 50 (WI50) public companies?€™ boards by 2015. This means an increase from 69 to 111 seats, or 42 more board seats.
  2. Bring the number of ethnic minority directors in the WI50 from 8% in 2014 to 13% in 2018, with a goal of reaching the halfway mark of 10.5% by 2015. This means an increase from 34 to 57 seats, or 23 more board seats.
  3. Create quarterly engagement opportunities for board candidates and corporations, and increase the size of the board candidate list by December 2015 from 85 to 200 qualified individuals. Klappa and Joerres will meet peer-to-peer with area CEOs to share and learn best practices for increasing diversity on boards.

Wisconsin Energy is respected for its commitment to diversity, as demonstrated by its board, senior management and supplier network. It leads the way in Wisconsin with respect to women serving as directors, and ranks second in terms of highest percentage of women directors on its board among Wisconsin?€™s 50 largest public companies. As of year-end 2014, Wisconsin Energy achieved the sixth consecutive year in which its leadership team was more diverse than the workplace demographics of its service area, even as the service area is developing a more diverse workplace.


Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others   
(Jan. 16, 2015, New York Times) The smartest teams were distinguished by three characteristics. First, their members contributed more equally to the team?€™s discussions, rather than letting one or two people dominate the group. Second, their members scored higher on a test called Reading the Mind in the Eyes, which measures how well people can read complex emotional states from images of faces with only the eyes visible.
Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Indeed, it appeared that it was not ?€?diversity?€? (having equal numbers of men and women) that mattered for a team?€™s intelligence, but simply having more women. This last effect, however, was partly explained by the fact that women, on average, were better at ?€?mindreading?€? than men. To read the full article click here.
(Jan. 13, 2015, Catalyst, NY) Some Regions Ahead of Others. Incremental Progress Not Sufficient to Disrupt Status Quo. For the first time, Catalyst takes its 2014 Catalyst Census: Women Board Directors global, as the call for gender equality on boards grows worldwide. Created in partnership with The Data Morphosis Group, the new and expanded Census focuses on women?€™s share of board seats at stock market index companies across three regions and 20 countries, including the United States, Canada, Europe (14 countries), and Asia-Pacific (Australia, Hong Kong, India, and Japan). To read full article click here.

(Jan. 6, 2015, Milwaukee Business Journal) Gehl Foods Inc. president and CEO Katherine Gelh will join the Marcus Corp. board, the company said Tuesday. Gehl, 48, is the fourth-generation head of the Germantown-based food manufacturing company, which produces cheese sauces, puddings, smoothies, and diet and health drinks. Marcus chairman Stephen Marcus said in a press release Gehl was selected for her experience in strategic growth and business development. "Her expertise in planning, technology, finance and consumer products will be especially valuable to our board and management team," he said. To read the full article click here.

On Board: Retail expert Helen Bulwik on how LinkedIn could be your ticket to a board seat
(Dec. 12, 2014, Bizwomen) Bulwik said it is absolutely essential in today's world for every woman to have a detailed resume posted on LinkedIn. It's often the first place search firms look, and Bulwik said she's been offered multiple board seats because people found her on LinkedIn. She uses the platform herself when she is trying to fill a board seat. To read full article click here.

Tokyo Lawyer Group Touts Women to Fill Abe?€™s Director Shortage
(Dec. 4, 2014, Bloomberg) With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?€™s push for more outsiders on Japanese boards raising the prospect of a director shortage, lawyers in Tokyo plotting to fill the gap with another group he wants to empower: women. Companies must appoint at least two outside directors starting next year or have explanations for why they didn?€™t, according to a draft governance code published by the regulator last month. The Daini Tokyo Bar Association is building a register of women who can be board members or auditors and will publish it to coincide with the new standards, said Tetsuya Kobayashi, a member of the group. Abe, 60, made improving how businesses are run a pillar of his growth strategies in June as he seeks to enhance profitability at Japanese companies. He has also called for more women in leadership roles in society. To read full article click here.

Time for diversity: accelerating performance in corporate boardrooms
(Ernest & Young, 2014) Boards that want to see optimum performance need to recognize the value in diversity and take action now. They must be proactive in seeking out people with the right mix of backgrounds and capabilities, then empower and advance them. In this report, E&Y examine how boards can capitalize on diversity to improve their own performance, particularly with regard to managing risk.

What do women bring to the table? Women make up half the world?€™s population, yet they held just 11% of corporate board positions in 2013. To read the full article click here.

Fiserv Appoints Alison Davis to Board of Directors
(Nov. 19, 2014, Brookfield, WI BUSINESS WIRE) Fiserv, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, today announced the appointment of Alison Davis to its Board of Directors. Ms. Davis is a managing partner of Fifth Era, a firm that invests in and incubates early stage technology-enabled companies. To read full article click here.

(Nov. 6, 2014, PRNewswire) Regal Beloit Corporation announced that Ms. Anesa Chaibi will join the Company's Board of Directors effective November 10, 2014 as a Class "A" Director with her initial term continuing until the 2015 annual shareholders meeting. Additionally, the Company announced an increase in the size of the board from nine to ten directors. To read full article click here.

(October 2014, GMC website, BizTimes) Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed, according to a Board Diversity report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc.

In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting it will lead a new initiative on a CEO-to-CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization?€™s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman and CEO Gale Klappa. To read full article click here.

Diversity on Wisconsin corporate boards improving, but more work needed according to report by GMC, Milwaukee Women inc

(MILWAUKEE, October 13, 2014) Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed according to a Board Diversity report released today by the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc (MWi).

In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting today that it will be leading a new initiative on a CEO to CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization?€™s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corporation chairman and CEO Gale Klappa. Its goals include:

  1. Support Milwaukee Women inc?€™s goal of moving from 15.5% to 25% women on WI50 boards by 2015. This means an increase from 69 to 111 seats, or 42 more board seats.
  2. Bring WI50 companies up to the WI Fortune 50 numbers for ethnic minority directors from 8% in 2014 to 13% in 2018, with a goal of reaching the halfway mark of 10.5% by 2015. This means an increase from 34 to 57 seats, or 23 more board seats.
  3. Create quarterly engagement opportunities for board candidates and corporations, and increase the size of the board candidate list by December 2015 from 85 to 200 qualified individuals.
To read full article click here.

Survey: Women, minorities still hold less than a quarter of public board seats in Wisconsin
(Oct. 13, 2014, Milwaukee Business Journal) A new survey on gender and racial/ethnic diversity points to slow growth at Wisconsin's top public companies, and a persistently disproportionate representation of white men. The Greater Milwaukee Committee and women's advocacy group Milwaukee Women inc are pushing to grow this number, pointing to study after study touting the business benefits of increased diversity of thought in company leadership.  Overall, women and racial/ethnic minorities comprise about 20 percent of the 445 board seats at Wisconsin's top 50 public companies. To read the full article click here.

Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Women inc set ambitious board diversity goals
(Oct. 13, 2014, Milwaukee Business Journal) By 2015, 25 percent of board members at Wisconsin's biggest public companies should be women, and by 2018, 13 percent of those board seats should be held by racial and ethnic minorities. The Greater Milwaukee Committee, Milwaukee Women inc, MWi chair Phyllis King, GMC chairman John Daniels,  ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres, and We Energies chairman and CEO Gale Klappa set those ambitious goals in a letter to committee members and at the GMC's monthly meeting Monday. To read the full article click here.

Getting it right: Milwaukee-area companies with board diversity
(Oct. 13, 2014, Milwaukee Business Journal) A first-of-its kind study on Wisconsin public company boards' racial and ethnic diversity out Monday showed 8 percent of seats are held by non-white members; nationally, that number is closer to 13 percent. Led by the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Women inc, the survey also listed those companies above average in both gender and racial/ethnic diversity represented on the board. Of Wisconsin's top 50 public companies, 11 companies' combined diversity ?€? both gender and racial/ethnic minority ?€? totaled 25 percent or more of board members. To read the full article click here.

Push on to increase diversity on Milwaukee-area corporate boards
(Oct, 13, 2014, Journal Sentinel) Chief executives of Milwaukee-area companies will be talking with fellow CEOs about the importance of increasing the diversity of their corporate boards as part of an initiative announced Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee. the GMC said its new CEO-to-CEO program emphasizing minority inclusion on corporate boards will be managed by the organization's Future Workforce Committee, and will include one-on-one meetings and forums. One of the committee's goals is to support Milwaukee Women inc's objective of moving from 15.5% to 25% women on the Wisconsin top 50 corporate boards by 2015. That would mean an increase to 111 board seats from the current 69.

"This is the first time we've seen measurable improvement in gender diversity in three years, with 15.5% of directors in the Wisconsin top 50 being women, up from 14.3% in 2013," said Phyllis King, chairwoman of Milwaukee Women inc. "That said, we still have significant work to do ?€? and we look forward to working with the GMC and other organizations to continue improving these numbers." To read the full article click here.

Why this Bank of America exec thinks a board seat is so much more than a resume builder

(Sept. 24, 2014 - Bizwomen) Bank of America executive Cathy Bessant says sitting on a board has made her a more skillful director at the table and leader at the bank. That's why Bessant, Bank of America's global technology and operations executive and one of two women on the board of the insurance company Florida Blue, encourages other women to make themselves candidates for board seats. To read the full article click here.

Johnson Controls appoints Suzanne Vincent vice president, corporate controller

(Sept. 23, 2014 - Johnson Controls) Johnson Controls today announced that its board of directors has elected Suzanne M. Vincent as vice president, corporate controller, making her a corporate officer immediately. Vincent joined the company in 2012 as vice president, Internal Audit, responsible for providing assurance to senior management and the Audit Committee of the board of directors regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of the company's internal financial and operational controls. To read the full article click here .

The Marcus Corporation Appoints Rachel McKinney Vice President of Human Resources(Sept. 11, 2014 - Press Release) The Marcus Corporation announces the appointment of Rachel P. McKinney s the Vice President of Human Resources. McKinney joins the company with over 30 years of human resources (HR) experience. Prior to joining The Marcus Corporation, she served as executive vice president, chief human resources officer for School Specialty, Inc. based in Appleton, Wis., for five years. Previously, she served as senior vice president, global human resources for DENTSPLY International, Inc., in York, Pa. To read the full article click here.

Sensient Technologies names two new board members
(August 21, 2014 - Milwaukee Business Journal) Sensient Technologies has tapped Deborah McKeithan-Gebhardt and Joseph Carle as the news members of its board. McKeithan-Gebhardt serves as the president and chief operating officer of Milwaukee-based Tamarack Petroleum Co. and as the CEO of Tamarack River Resources. She has been with Tamarack Petroleum, which does oil and gas exploration, since 1991. To read the full article click here.

Waterstone Financial appoints two women to board 

(February 2014 - Milwaukee Business Journal) Waterstone (Nasdaq: WSBF) brought on Ellen Bartel and Kristine Rapp?©, both of whom currently serve on Wauwatosa-based WaterStone Bank's board of directors. Bartel, president of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, and Rapp?©, special adviser to the Wisconsin Energy Foundation and a former Wisconsin Energy Corp. Wisconsin executive, joined the bank's board last June. To read the full article click here.

These 50 law firms have been named best for women
(August 4, 2014 - ABA Journal) Fifty law firms have been named the best for women because of family friendly policies and initiatives that help female lawyers advance. At the best law firms:?€? Twenty percent of their lawyers use full-time, flextime arrangements, up from 15 percent last year.?€? Forty percent have two or more women among their top 10 rainmakers, up from 32 percent last year. ?€? Nineteen percent of equity partners are women, compared to the national average of 17 percent.?€? The percentage of seats on committees filled by women is 24 percent on the executive committee; 25    percent on the compensation committee; 26 percent on the equity partner promotion committee. 
All three numbers are two percentage points higher than last year. The firms that made the list include: Foley & Lardner, Godfrey & Kahn, and Quarles & Brady.  To read the full article click here.

Even Companies That Sell Tampons Are Run By Men(July 21, 2014 - Huffington Post) There is a stunning absence of women at the top of companies that make and market products to women. The gender disparity in these industries has gotten little attention recently, as discussion has centered around the lack of women at the top of finance and tech companies. The Huffington Post and Catalyst, an organization aimed at boosting women in business, looked at 19  of the largest companies that cater in large part to women. Just one company, Avon, has a board of directors that?€™s majority women. To read the full article click here.

Why companies need to appoint more women to their boards of directors
(July 19, 2014 - Cleveland Plain Dealer) Study after study shows that companies with women on their corporate boards are 42 percent more profitable, less likely to have problems with fraud, and more likely to have the kinds of healthy, productive board meetings that characterize successful companies. So why has the percentage of women on boards flatlined?  Sally Gries, chairperson and chief executive of Gries Finacial LLC said:women need to do a better job being their own advocates, managing their careers and their stories as well as they do their jobs. To read the full article click here.

Inside the news: Why aren't more women leading Wisconsin's public companies?
(June 2014) Mary Johnson, editor of the Milwaukee Business Journal's Bizwomen website interviews reporters Alison Bauter and Stacy Vogel Davis, who set out to find out why women continue to lag behind men in high-ranking corporate positions in the state, and to get an inside look at what most surprised them about their findings. To read the full article click here.

Behind the story: What does it take to get women on the board?
(June 2014) MWi and Phyllis King, MWi Chair are featured in the Milwaukee Business Journal's article. In Wisconsin, about 12 percent of the top public companies have women in the executive suite, and about 14 percent have women on the board, according to Milwaukee Women inc. Milwaukee Women inc is moving beyond the numbers. Instead, the group is looking closely at Milwaukee-area companies and sitting down to talk with corporations that lag behind, offering resources to help move the needle. To read the full article click here.

Wall Street Journal reports Fortune 500 companies reach 20% women on boards

(June 2014) Research firm Heidrick & Struggles has found that as of 2014, "women now hold 20.2% of total Fortune 500 board seats--an increase from 18.7% in 2013 and 17.2% in 2009, when the research began." According to the report, "with the latest data included, the trend of corporate board composition indicates women will hold 50% of Fortune 500 director seats for the first time--28 years from now in 2042." To read the full article click here.

Women in Business: Panelists devoted to community vitality

(May 2014) During the BizTimes Women in Business Breakfast at the BizExpo on Wednesday, May 21, at Potawatomi Bingo Casino Milwaukee business leaders Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Tami Scully Garrison, community commerce and partnerships manager for MillerCoors LLC, Phyllis King, associate vice chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Nancy Hernandez, president of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing and Communication, discussed the economic engine generated by these strategic investments of corporate thought leadership and capital. To read the full article and view photos click here.

Women recently appointed to boards of Modine Manufacturing Company & Bank Mutual Corp.

Effective May 5, 2014, Modine Manufacturing Company, a leader in thermal management technology and solutions, announced that the Company's Board of Directors has increased the size of the Board from seven to eight members and elected a new director. Christine Y. Yan, age 48, is president of Storage

and Workspace Systems of Stanley Black and Decker since July 2013. Read more here.

Bank Mutual Corp. has elected the first female director, Lisa Mauer, to its board of directors, the Brown Deer bank announced on May 6. Mauer, senior vice president of regional development at BlackHawk Industrial Distribution Inc., will serve a three-year term. Read more here.

Mentoring Monday event attract hundreds of Milwaukee-area women execs

(April 2014) More than 200 Milwaukee-area women professionals turned out April 7 for the Milwaukee Business Journal Bizwomen Mentoring Monday Event to receive advice and benefit from the experience of more than 50 mentors ?€? all of them women.  Many MWi members served as mentors and were featured in the article and photo gallery. MWi sponsored the event. To read the full article and view photo gallery, click here.

Generational turning point for women to Get On Board

(March 2014) Milwaukee Women inc (MWi) Chair, Phyllis King is featured on the cover of the Milwaukee BizTimes.  King and MWi member Peggy Williams-Smith are quotes in the article and MWi research is highlighted.  Research shows that companies with one or more women on their corporate boards outperform those that have no women on their boards.  And yet, fewer than 15 percent of the board director positions at Wisconsin's top 50 public companies are held by women. To read the full article, click here.

MWi awarded Jeff Joerres the Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity and Corporate Governance at the GMC Annual Meeting

(February 2013) Milwaukee Women inc (MWi), in conjunction with the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), awarded Jeff Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower Group, the second annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity and Corporate Governance at the GMC's annual meeting on February 10, 2014 at the University Club.


The Mary Ellen Stanek Award, established in 2013, is given to an individual or entity exhibiting leadership, influence and impact resulting in increased diversity on corporate boards in our region. The inaugural award was given to its namesake, Mary Ellen Stanek, an executive at Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Joerres chairs the GMC's Future Workforce Committee, which focuses on strengthening the diversity of the region's workforce. Through a combination of research, recognition and initiatives, the Future Workforce Committee seeks both a short- and long-term impact on a diverse workforce across all levels of professional development, from entry-level worker to CEO to the corporate boardroom. To read the full article, click here.


Milwaukee Press Club program features MWi Chair, Phyllis King, discussing the importance of promoting women

(February 2013) The Milwaukee Press Club's Feb. 6, 2014 program focused on the importance of promoting women to executive positions. The panel included:

  • Krista Brookman, a Senior Director at Catalyst, a global nonprofit organization focused on expanding opportunities for women and business and a member of MWinc's Steering Committee;
  • Dr. Phyllis King, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Chair of Milwaukee Women inc;
  • Jon Langenfeld, Head of Global Equities and Director of Equity Research for Robert W. Baird & Co.; and
  • Kim Metcalf-Kupres, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Johnson Controls

Each speaker provided a five-minute viewpoint of the topic and answered questions from a panel of journalists that included Latoya Dennis, WUWM-FM, Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Stacy Vogel Davis, The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee.


Brookman commented that Catalyst was originally formed as a resource to help more women enter the workforce, but since the 1980's, the focus has shifted to improving the workplace for women. "Catalyst's research is action-oriented, helping companies learn from and inspire each other," said Brookman.


King added that the pace of change is simply not good enough. "we are losing ground as a country because of the economics (of promoting women) is compelling," she said. For full article, click here.

Waterstone Financial appoints two women to board
(February 2014) Waterstone Financial Inc. added two new members to its board this week, both from its subsidiary bank's board of directors. Waterstone brought on Ellen Bartel and Kristine Rappe both of whom currently serve on Wauwatosa-based WaterStone Bank's board of directors.
Bartel, president of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee, and Rapp?©, special adviser to the Wisconsin Energy Foundation and a former Wisconsin Energy Corp. executive, joined the bank's board last June. For full article, click here.

National research echoes status quo of local movement of women on boards 

(2013, NPR) In December, National Public Radio aired a segment about the slow progress of women joining corporate boards. The report was based on research from Catalyst, an organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and business. Deborah Gillis, chief operating officer of Catalyst, says the findings, based on mid-2013 data, are very disappointing. "Frankly, it's embarrassing, because there's no excuse in 2013 for women to remain shut out of the most senior decision-making roles in these companies," Gillis says. The research examined Fortune 500 Companies and found that women hold only about 17 percent of the seats on boards of directors, and they have an even smaller share - about 15 percent - of senior executive positions.


Despite all the talk about the value of increasing gender diversity at the top, not much has changed. Click here to read a transcript of the broadcast.

Quad/Graphics Elects Kathryn Quadracci Flores to Company Board of Directors
(December 2013) Quad/Graphics, Inc. a global printer and media channel integrator, has elected Dr. Kathryn Quadracci Flores, M.D., to its board of directors, effective December 13, 2013. Dr. Flores fills the board seat formerly occupied by her mother, Betty Ewens Quadracci, who died Monday, December 9, at age 75. To read full article click here.

 2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Women Executive Officers and Top Executives
(Knowledge Center, 12/10/2013)
No Change for Women in Top Leadership
Once again the needle barely budged for women aspiring to top business leadership in corporate America, according to the 2013 Catalyst Census: Fortune 500 Executive Officers and Top Earners.

Women still largely absent from corporate boards (NPR, 10/10/2013)

Women are still not making headway when it comes to getting on corporate boards or into senior leadership roles within big companies. New research out Tuesday examined Fortune 500 Companies and found that women hold only about 17 percent of the seats on boards of directors, and they have an even smaller share ?€? about 15 percent ?€? of senior executive positions.

Why gender diversity matters (20% by 2020 Women on Boards, 2011)
Most people today have no knowledge about the makeup of corporate boards, even in the companies they work for. These stakeholders would be surprised to learn how little diversity of thought and experience exists in the corporate boards and executive suites of American businesses.
The Future 50: Where are the female leaders? (7/18/13 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The 2013 MWi research is mentioned in a Journal Sentinel Op Ed piece by Dan Horton, Dean of the School of Business at Alverno College.

Success of students, women is her passion: Phyllis King  (6/28/13 - The Business Journal)
Phyllis King is focused on building awareness and momentum to increase gender diversity on public company boards in Wisconsin in her role as chair of Milwaukee Women inc.

Board gender diversity at a standstill (5/31/13 - The Business Journal)
Wisconsin's progress over the past decade in increasing gender diversity on public company boards has stalled, a new report from advocacy group Milwaukee Women inc shows.

Alverno to add associate to bachelor's degree program (6/24/13 - BizTimes)
Phyllis King, Chair of MWi, is quoted | MWi research is featured

MWi Board Member Gail Lione was named a 2013 TEMPO Mentor Award recipient.
The annual event was held at the Pfister Hotel on February 21, 2013.

Greater Milwaukee Committee creates award to honor Stanek (2/14/13 - BizTimes Media)
The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC), in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc (MWi), has established the Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance.

GMC, Milwaukee Women inc create diversity award
(2/14/13 - The Business Journal)
The Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Women inc plan to issue a new annual award for diversity and have named it after trailblazing Milwaukee woman - Mary Ellen Stanek.

Murphy's Law: Women Need Not Apply  (12/18/12 - Urban Milwaukee)
Lead by MGIC, seven of Wisconsin's top companies are men's clubs, with no women in the executive suite.

Women still lacking on corporate boards (12/17/12 - BizTimes)
A recent study has determined that while the number of women holding executive positions and serving on corporate boards is on the rise, women still significantly lag behind men in membership on corporate boards.

Women still lag on boards, executive positions at Wisconsin's top public companies (12/3/12 - The Business Journal)
Not much has changed in 2012 when it comes to women business leaders in the Milwaukee area, according to the most recent report from Milwaukee Women inc.

Group works to get more women on company boards (12/1/12 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Nearly a decade after setting out to change the look of Wisconsin boardrooms, Milwaukee Women inc is far from reaching its goal of having women represent 25% of directors at Wisconsin's 50 largest publicly traded companies by 2014.

Gail Lione named to Badger Meter board  (2/17/2012 - The Business Journal)

Badger Meter Inc. announced Friday that Gail Lione has been elected a director of the company.

Women make small gains on boards (11/18/2011 - The Business Journal)

Women continue to make gains in the boardrooms of the state?€™s 50 largest publicly traded companies.



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