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Women on Board: How Women Are Gaining Ground in Corporate Governance


April 7, 2008 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    Reception to follow, Upper Arbuckle
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    While the press has frequently noted that CEOs of large companies are mostly men, what about their boards of directors? Recent research has suggested that multiple women serving on a corporate board can be tied to better financial performance among the Fortune 500. What makes women strong contributors to corporate boards and has this changed how companies view gender balance in their organizational leadership?

    Join us for a forum that will examine the impact that women are having in the board room of corporations, as well as how professional women in their early and mid-career can prepare themselves for roles as corporate directors. GSB faculty member, Evelyn Williams, will moderate a panel of board members and board advisors, among them two former CEOs of public companies.


    Elizabeth Davila, Consultant and Former Chairman and CEO of VISX, Inc.
    Serves on the boards of Accuray, Inc. and Nugen, Inc.

    Patti Hart, Former Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Systems and Excite@Home
    Serves on the boards of Korn Ferry International, Spansion Inc., and International Gaming Technologies, and previously served on the boards of Plantronics, Inc., Vantive Corp., Earthlink, and Premisys Corp.

    John Thompson, Vice Chairman of Heidrick & Struggles
    Recognized as one of the most respected CEO and Board recruiters in the nation.

    Debra Zumwalt, Vice President and General Counsel for Stanford University
    Formerly a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office and member of the firm's governing board.

    Sponsored by: Stanford GSB Center for Leadership Development and Research, Stanford GSB Women in Management, Stanford Center on Ethics, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance

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