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National census reports on status of women on corporate boards

The InterOrganization Network (ION) released its eighth annual status report detailing the number of women directors and executive officers in 14 U.S. regions Dec. 14. “Gender Imbalance in the Boardroom: Opportunities to Change Course” provides a national perspective on this issue.


The release came in conjunction with the Catalyst 2011 Census Report on Fortune 500 Companies.ionchart

St. Catherine University and the Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable will release the 2011 Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership in the April issue of Twin Cities Business magazine. Two professors from St. Kate's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program produce the research for the report each year.

ION report merges data from 14 regions

ION’s data includes Fortune 500 companies in 14 geographic areas, as well as hundreds of small and mid-cap businesses that comprise the backbone of U.S. regional economies.

It supplements the research of organizations such as Catalyst that focus exclusively on Fortune 500 companies, and also uses as additional benchmarks S&P 1500 and Russell 3000 statistics provided by Governance Metrics International.

About ION

The InterOrganization Network is a national nonprofit organization representing more than 10,000 women dedicated to increasing the number of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. ION creates a national voice for its 14 regional member organizations to influence, build awareness and expand opportunities and connections. ION’s founding partner is KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm and U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”).

Dec. 14, 2011 by Julie Michener

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