Hundreds Gather at NYSE for Gender Diversity Initiative – ION Connects Women Board Candidates with Public Corporations

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Corporate Board Member’s “Moving the Needle” Event Shifts National Board Governance Landscape

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The success of Moving the Needle is as much a triumph for ION and the women it represents as it is for the corporations who will benefit from a shift in boardroom composition.

Public companies in the U.S. looking to build gender diverse boards of directors will now more easily find qualified women candidates, thanks to the recently launched Moving the Needle initiative. Several representatives from ION attended this premiere event by Corporate Board Member at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) earlier this month. The event brought together nearly 300 public company CEOs and their women candidates, search firm representatives and nominating committee members.

During the event, individual women board candidates visited tables staffed by nominating committee members and recruiters to discuss a variety of board governance topics, such as mandatory retirement ages for board members. Board candidate attendees included a former U.S. Treasurer and other dignitaries. Sound bites from attendees include:

“The success of Moving the Needle is as much a triumph for ION and the women it represents as it is for the corporations who will benefit from a shift in boardroom composition. I had the unique experience of attending as both a board candidate and ION representative, and can’t say enough about the caliber of candidates there. Now that corporations and governance committees have access to so many additional candidate profiles, it will be exciting to witness how the face of national boardrooms transforms in a new era.” – ION President Sarah Meyerrose.

“As the ION representative during the NYSE closing bell ceremony, it was a thrill to be part of such a powerful, symbolic tradition. As we made our way across the trading floor, I took a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come. While ION’s work is not over, I’m confident we are indeed making great strides to move the needle.” – ION Treasurer and Inforum President/CEO Terry Barclay

“Four Forum members had the pleasure of attending. This event was fun, productive, and just the right amount of time to be able to network while not neglecting our day-to-day work lives. It also left us with an impression of something that could be done locally to help ‘move the needle’ forward for women by simply providing a forum for them to connect. ” – The Forum of Executive Women President Autumn Bayles

“World-class venue; world-class candidates.” – The Forum of Executive Women Member Judith Mondre

Following the event, Corporate Board Member provided attending board candidates, nominating/governance committee members and public company CEOs, chairmen and lead directors with a book listing women board candidates and their contact information. More information about corporate gender diversity action plans can be found at

About ION
Formed in 2004, ION is a national nonprofit network of 16 regional executive women’s organizations across the United States. ION gives its 10,000 members a national voice to advocate for the advancement of women to positions of power in Fortune 500 companies, especially to boards of directors and executive suites.


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