Women hold just 12% of board positions in corporate companies worldwide, and chair only 4% of them. This is a startling statistic considering that it’s proven that when women are in the boardroom, companies are more prosperous — a 2016 Catalyst report found that companies with the highest percentage of women board of directors outperformed those with the least by 53%.
Let us introduce you to an initiative that’s launching in Canada on April 24, and is posed to up those statistics — for good.
theBoardlist is a curated talent marketplace for the tech community to recommend, discover and connect highly qualified women leaders with opportunities to serve on private and public company boards. Initially launched in the U.S. by Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, a technology executive and entrepreneur with experience at Google, Amazon, News Corp and Polyvore under her belt, theBoardlist is the answer ambitious women everywhere have been waiting for to address issues of exclusion from the top ranks of companies.
With 1,600 exceptionally qualified female board candidates on the platform, theBoardlist was created as a solution to help address the lack of board opportunities for female leaders while providing companies with a stellar talent pool and the benefit of diverse perspectives around the table.
We’re thrilled to see this service now available to professional Canadian businesswomen, and can’t wait to see our WOI community members featured.