News in 2011

The Next Generation of Female Corporate Leaders
Women on Boards has launched its 2012 high level learning and development program for women aspiring to leadership roles. December 2011

Influence is the key to workplace success
Men and women must understand influence to get ahead in their workplaces, a ground-breaking new study has found.

UK adopts Aussie model on gender reporting
Several developments have taken place in the United Kingdom this week designed to improve the numbers of women on boards and in leadership roles.

ASX500 companies with women directors deliver higher returns to shareholders
The Reiby Institute has delivered its 2011 research report which for the second year running shows a correlation between numbers of women on boards and higher returns on equity (RoE).

Women Own Nobel Peace Prize
Women on Boards congratulates the three women who have won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.

50 per cent support legislated gender quotas for ASX companies
The 2011 edition of the landmark survey of female directors has revealed that 50 per cent support legislated gender quotas for public listed (ASX) company boards.

Get rid of part-time work
The term 'part-time work' should be removed from the workforce vocabulary because of the destructive effect it has on people careers. 

Katie Bickford on Broncos Board
Women on Boards very first recommendation for a board role has broken into the male dominated NRL with a directorship of the Brisbane Broncos.

Gender Matters to scholarship winners
Seven aspirant directors from New South Wales and Tasmania have been awarded scholarships to attend the Women on Boards Gender Matters conference in April 2011.

A watershed day for women in Australia
The Federal Government’s announcement that businesses with more than 100 employees will be required to take action on improving the gender composition of their workforce or face legal and financial penalties is a watershed day for women in Australia.

100th International Women's Day: Women still marking time in the boardroom
Australian boards are not becoming more gender diverse and we run the risk of sidelining this critical issue in the hype surrounding the ASX200, a leading advocate and broker for women into board roles has warned. Women on Boards used the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day to remind people that women occupy fewer than 25 per cent of board roles on all but Government boards, and this is not trending upwards.
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Lord Davies hands down 'women on boards' report
The study suggests that companies should publish the number of women sitting on their boards and working in their organisations and recommends that businesses in FTSE 350 companies should set their own targets for increasing female representation on their boards by 2015. He suggests that the FTSE100 should challenge themselves to increase the proportion of female directors on their boards to 25% by 2015.

Women on track for visibility & leadership success
Women on Boards and UBS announce the successful participants in their co-hosted Next Generation of Corporate Female Leaders Program.

Diversity now in ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations
The revised ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations came into effect on 1 January 2011. The impact of these changes is that they elevate gender diversity to board level and impose reporting requirements on listed entities.