On the subject of diversity on boards, one of the topics of discussion at a recent Council of Institutional Investors Conference in the spring in Washington D.C was the limited number of women and people with diverse backgrounds serving on corporate boards. To help corporations find more diverse candidates, CalPERS, CalSTERS and GMI Ratings, a company recently purchased by MSCI, have developed the Diverse Director DataSource known as “3D”, a database designed to be a clearinghouse for potential corporate director candidates with a special emphasis on a more diverse range of backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experience. Interested candidates can register for inclusion in the database by creating an online profile. Staff review the profiles for basic qualifications and accuracy and approved candidate profiles are included in relevant search reports. Subscriptions are available for shareowners, nominating committees and commercial executive/director search firms.
If any of our members would be interested in pursuing such opportunities, the website is: http://www.gmi3d.com/home
If you are interested in serving on a board, but feel your skills need sharpening, there are wonderful organizations out there, like Texas’ very own Board Connection http://www.theboardconnection.org/ that will give you the training and mentorship you need.
TXWSW is also pleased to announce the formation of chapters in San Antonio (lead by Neala Moore) and San Antonio (lead by Shoshana Thoma-Isgar and Allison Westmoreland). We will be holding 4 events a year in each city for our members there. If you would like to volunteer for a committee, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have some outstanding events lined up for you this Fall. Our committees have really outdone themselves, and we all owe them a huge vote of thanks for their work! Take a look at our Upcoming Events lineup. Many events are space limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment!
We look forward to seeing you all at an event soon!