Women on Corporate Boards of Directors
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Women on Corporate Boards of Directors

International Research and Practice

Edited by Susan Vinnicombe, Val Singh, Ronald J. Burke, Diana Bilimoria and Morten Huse

This important new book addresses the growing international interest in women on corporate boards of directors.
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Chapter 16: ION: Organizational Networking to Harness Local Power for National Impact

Susan M. Adams, Patricia M. Flynn and Toni G. Wolfman


Susan M. Adams, Patricia M. Flynn and Toni G. Wolfman INTRODUCTION The status of women in the boardroom and executive suite has remained stagnant for several years. This has occurred in spite of major changes in the corporate governance environment, increased roles of women in the economy, research showing the benefits of diverse boards, and educational and advocacy efforts by organizations dedicated to advancing women to leadership positions. It is in this context that the InterOrganization Network (ION) has emerged as a new force for change. ION is a national organization whose members are executive women’s organizations that share the mission of advancing women to positions of power in the business world, primarily to boards of directors and executive suites. ION’s founders believe that some of the most effective ways to bring about change in the composition of corporate leadership in the United States involve working at the local and regional levels. ION believes that local advocates can more effectively reach (a) the thousands of public and private companies, regardless of size, that play such an important role in the economy and (b) the many accomplished executive and professional women who comprise the talent pool of future business leaders. The organizational model of ION respects the unique attributes and interests of each of its members. It capitalizes on their respective strengths and their political understanding of local areas, and harnesses the resources of the collective to advance their common goal of changing the status of women...

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