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Efforts to diversity boards make progress in Wisconsin

Board and Administrator, a bi-monthly newsletter written to help nonprofit leaders with all aspects of dealing and working with their boards of directors, recently featured an interview with MWi Chair Pat Ackerman.

In the article, Pat shared MWi’s recent 2020 research report findings, as well as best practices for improving corporate board and executive diversity.

An introduction to the piece is below. You can read the full article at Board and Administrator.

As organizations throughout the country face increasing pressure from stakeholders (and regulators, in some states) to improve gender representation on their boards, a handful of nonprofits have stepped in to help. One of those, Milwaukee Women inc (MWi), recently reported significant progress towards bolstering the number of women serving on the boards of Wisconsin corporations, and has published some insights that can be used to help nonprofits looking to do the same. The organization’s 17th annual research report, Moving the Needle, showed the percentage of women on the boards of Wisconsin’s top 50 public companies reached an all-time high in 2020—21.1%—as the organization works toward its goal of 25% women directors by 2025.

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