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Paving the path to equality: 5 tips for building diverse boards that drive growth

Women in the workforce are competent, bright and motivated, but one glaring problem is: They aren’t represented equally in board-level positions, particularly when it comes to women of color.

In 2018, only 38.6% of board seats at Fortune 500 companies were held by women and minorities. What’s worse is that women of color held a paltry 4.6% of those positions , even though they represent 18% of the U.S. population.

While those numbers are increasing – women now hold 20.4% of board positions at R3000 companies – there’s still work to be done. It’s important that women of all backgrounds work to hone their skill sets and leverage allies to take their rightful places on boards in every industry.

I’ve served on a wide range and types of boards over the course of my career, including Professional Business Women in California, iSeatz, Vail Resorts and California Polytechnic State University. In the process, I’ve identified what other women are doing to successfully reach board-level positions.

Here are five things women can do to increase their board-level presence. Serve as a volunteer advisor

Volunteering on boards is one of the best ways to gain experience and prepare for a paid-level position. During the course of […]

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