How to Increase Gender Balance in Boardrooms


Research shows that when a company has a board of directors with a balanced mix of different genders, it improves business outcomes in multiple ways, ranging from increased revenues and profits to strengthened ESG performances to managing climate change risks. Nevertheless, progress has been alarmingly slow. In 2018, women held only about 17% of all corporate board seats worldwide and 20% of Fortune Global 200 companies have all-male boards. The Target Gender Equality programme of the UN Global Compact calls for all companies to increase the number of women in leadership positions on their staffs, including on their corporate boards. During this session, leading experts will answer your questions on how to move from commitment to action and break down the barriers that women face in accessing leadership roles and board seats in the private sector.


  • Ann Dennison, Senior Vice President and incoming CFO, Nasdaq
  • Irene Natividad, Chair, Corporate Women Directors International
  • Jeremy Awori, CEO, Absa Bank Kenya
  • Loty Salazar, Corporate Governance Officer & Lead, Women on Boards an in Business Leadership, IFC (World Bank Group)  
During this session, you will learn:

-Why board diversity is critical to business performance and sustainability
-How to set, meet and stay accountable to ambitious targets
-How an intersectional lens can be used to bring women of diverse backgrounds with differing identities and abilities to the table
-How increased government and investor expectations are driving the increase of gender equality around the world
-Diverse examples about the many strategies that companies have taken to secure parity on boards and ensure that women’s perspectives are equally valued in decision-making