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Chapter 10 Case: Diversity Competency Women on Corporate Boards In recent years, the absolute number of accomplished and successful women leaders invited to serve on the board of directors of major corporations, such as the Fortune 1000 list, has increased. However, the absolute number of female leaders on any one board, relative to the total members on a board, remains relatively small. To have just one woman member on a board is quite common. This case presents some of the diversity-related experiences and issues of board composition in terms of male and female membership. The stories presented in this case are from those female leaders and a few male CEOs who are highly successful in their own right. For obvious reasons, most of these stories are based on experiences of female leaders who need to remain anonymous. One Woman on the Board Woman director: I was the only woman in a room of guys. I’m not shy, but trying to get your voice heard around the table is not easy. You can make a point that is valid. Two minutes later “Joe” says exactly the same thing, and all the guys congratulate him. It is hard, even at our level, to get your voice heard. You have to find a way to wedge in, and they come to realize you are not going away. Woman director: It is kind of like “Who is this person? She’s a lot different than we are.” Not collegial. Not a lot of conversation, not a lot of interaction. On this board, where I’m the
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