There can be no doubt that we still have a long way to go to raise diversity up the leadership agenda. What is apparent is that the need to make boards more reflective of how societies function and operate is under the microscope more than ever. Change doesn’t happen overnight, but there is no doubt that change must happen.
Amazon’s appointment of Rosalind Brewer shows that small steps of progress are being made, but we still have a long way to go. As stated in this article, the need for aggressive recruitment strategies within the boardroom to be more inclusive is key to making company boards reflect the society we live in today.
A side effect of the “anonymity” inherent in your GatedTalent profile is that the name, contact information and photo of the executive is, initially, hidden from executive recruiters using the platform to source top talent. This largely excludes the possibility of bias, unconscious or otherwise, in the early stages of the executive recruitment process.
This piece from Ruth Umoh shows the need for more organizations to embrace and adopt further strategies in the leadership hiring processes.
Though board diversity has increased in recent years, minority women hold less than 5% of board seats in Fortune 500 companies and just under 6% in Fortune 100 companies, according to a 2018 Board Diversity Census, released last month by the Alliance for Board Diversity and consulting firm Deloitte.