Michigan Women’s Leadership Report
Inforum’s Michigan Women’s Leadership Report is a biennial snapshot on the status of women at the highest levels of governance and leadership in Michigan’s largest 100 publicly traded companies.
The 2017 Report is a collaborative initiative between Inforum and the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University. (The next report will be published in October 2019.)
Public awareness and concern about the lack of gender diversity and inclusion in public companies have gained steam in recent years, particularly among shareholders, institutional investors and employees. In some countries, that concern has spawned mandatory quotas for women on the boards of publicly traded firms. In the U.S., it has influenced many companies to voluntarily increase the presence of women in top leadership roles.
Since 2003, we have tracked those changes documenting the status of women directors, executive officers and top-compensated executives at two-year intervals. Our 2017 report not only updates gender diversity since our last report in 2015, but also presents and interprets longer range changes in women’s share of board seats and top leadership roles over a 10-year span.
This year’s research document incremental gains achieved by women as public company directors and officers between 2007 and 2017. The gender gap at the highest levels of leadership in our largest companies persists.
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