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2020 Women on Boards

Today, I was inspired by engaging with like-minded women. It’s amazing how many intelligent, motivated, impressive, and experienced women came out to the 12/12/12 Women on Boards Event here in Boise. There were even a few token men there with great ideas and support! Since rosieMADE is all about increasing wages and opportunities for women, we were thrilled to be a part of such a great, informative, and interactive event.

Some of my key takeaways from the lunch:

  • Women want to lead, they want to advance. They want to support each other!
  • Companies with women on boards have stronger results than those without women on them.
  • Idaho has 10% women representation on Private Boards,* which leaves LOTS of room for improvement!
  • We HAVE TO use our consumer spending for good. We have to spend deliberately to support what we believe in. We have to tell companies that advancing women is important!
We were given these Top 12 Takeaways which are definitely worth sharing!
1. Support and participate in national groups like Women on Boards (2020wob.com)
2. Support and participate in local groups (goleadidaho.org and girlsintechboise.com)
3. Learn who is on the boards of your employer and favorite companies
4. Discuss the issue with your CEO
5. Mentor and encourage women to apply for board positions
6. Support highly qualitified women for board service
7. Invest in companies with women on the board
8. Put board service on your future career goals
9. Start with service on a nonprofit board, your alma mater or advise start up companies. Look for boards with CEOs as members.
10. Get training to be on corporate boards (womenintheboardroom.com)
11. Acheive a reputation for excellence in your job and industry so that boards come to you!
12. More ideas at: http://www.2020wob.com/take-action/how-get-involved

More on 2020 WOB

2020 Women on Boards is a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Events like ours in Boise were held throughout the world.

Connect with Women on Boards
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Facebook
Twitter

* (based on a sampling of 30 organizations from each sector).

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