Director Roundtable: The Board Game--How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors

May 13, 2014 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Board diversity, and more specifically, the role of women on boards, has been a much discussed and even debated topic for decades. And still, female representation on boards is stuck in the high-teens.

Our guest, Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, runs a retained executive search firm and has studied the paths women have taken to the boardroom. Betsy will share her insights and thoughts on how women can and should prepare themselves for board service.


  • Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, President, Berkhemer Clayton, Inc.
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  • Interviewed by Allie Rutherford, Leader, Center for Board Matters, EY
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  • Remarks by Kim A. Van Der Zon, Partner; Head of US Board Practice, Egon Zehnder International
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Program Materials

The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors
May 2013 | Angel City Press
The Board Game presents the undeniable case for having more women corporate directors at the decision-making tables of America’s public companies. Fifty-eight women directors tell how they won their first board seats. From her executive-search perspective, author Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire gives valuable advice to women at all career stages so that women will have a chance to win The Board Game.

Diversity Drives Diversity
October 2013 | EY
Incremental changes in gender diversity continued across boardrooms and C-suites at US companies in 2013. The data reveals that these incremental changes may be transformative over time: putting women on the board and in leadership roles drives further diversification — across gender, tenure and age — in the boardroom and across the executive pipeline.

Getting on board
October 2013 | EY
In this report, Ernst & Young reviews the progress made to increase gender diversity on US corporate boards by comparing board composition of S&P 1500 companies at the time of the 2012 annual meeting to the 2006 annual meeting.1 The report focuses on a broad universe of companies to tell a more complete story since the boards of large companies tend to be more diverse. The report is also unique in that it looks at the roles women have once they join boards, and reviews the backgrounds and qualifications of women directors.

Corporate Director Selection and Recruitment: A Matrix
May 2013 | Director Notes
Every board should agree on a clear statement of desired personal attributes for all board members to guide the nominating and governance committee as they search for director candidates.


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