The Boston Club 2020 Census

thebostonclublogoThe annual Census of women directors and executive officers plays a major role in The Boston Club’s Corporate Board Program, focusing attention on the identification and development of a vital pool of female expertise for corporate leadership positions.

 The information provided in our previous annual Census reports has indeed served as an impetus for change, bringing the lack of gender diversity on corporate boards and in executive suites into focus in Massachusetts. We know that board chairs, nominating committees, institutional investors and individual shareholders have monitored progress, and sometimes changed policy or direction, because of the Census.

Boardrooms and executive suites must open to more diverse populations. Over the past few years, we have seen and welcomed stronger public support for gender and racial diversity in public company leadership, and we will continue to track the resulting changes. We will also continue to build a strong, diverse pipeline of women qualified to lead, and to connect them with CEOs and nominating committees looking to strengthen their organizations.


...we find that banks with more gender diversity on their board perform better once the composition of these boards reaches a critical level of gender diversity, corresponding to a board female share of around 13-17 percent.

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