“Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily toward men?”

posted May 22nd, 2012 by Janet Graham - Leave a Comment

I have received a number of emails in response to the question “Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily toward men?” and to the posts written by Patti Croft,  Linda Hohol, Vincenza Sera and Dr. Nancy McInerney-Lacombe answering the question.

 

I have decided to post some of these email responses with the permission of their writers. In all cases, I will do so without identifying the writer. The one which follows is from a university student who is completing her commerce degree and enjoying a summer internship with one of the major securities firm.

 

I would love to hear your comments on this post.  Please share them in the Comments section below.

 

“Thank you very much for sharing the responses to the question “Why do corporate boards still lean so heavily toward men?” I found their comments very interesting. I particularly agree with Ms. Hohol’s point on hiring based on a matrix of skills. Although, I may not be able to comment on corporate boards specifically, I believe that the diversified set of skills brought together by members of a team are essential to its success. My manager at the Financial Research and Trading Lab where I work during the school year hires students based on a matrix of skills. When students ask him “what are you looking for in a Lab Assistant,” his answer is always “there is not one particular mold.”  Beyond a certain level of competence, he looks for students that excel in particular fields such as public speaking, computer science or quantitative analysis. Therefore, it was natural that the lab assistant team was comprised of students from different disciplines and demographic backgrounds.

 

“I do not believe that quotas are effective because they would shift the focus of selection of team members from quality to quantity. To achieve diversity, the selection criteria itself should be diversified. This will facilitate a diversified team composition organically and we will be able to see more women, and other minorities, on corporate boards.”

 

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