How Do We Get More Women on Boards?
Last night I had the pleasure of attending the program “Pathways to Power: Women in the Boardroom” hosted by the OBA Women Lawyers Forum, CCCA Diversity Committee, and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association , Ontario Chapter. This was the second of the OBA’s Pathways to Power series, the first was on “Women in Politics” and I wrote a blog post on it here.
The program was co-chaired by Marlene Costa of the Ontario Securities Commission and Amee Sandhu of SNC-Lavalin. The speakers were Professor Anita Anand of the University of Toronto; Glenna Carr, a Member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Ontario Chapter Executive; Carol Hansell of Hansell LLP; and Jane Pepino from Aird & Berlis LLP. All were interesting, engaging, and encouraging speakers who shared their insights on how to get on a board and the pros and cons that come with such a position.
Some takeaways from last night:
This program was very well attended and I was fortunate to meet some great women at the networking event as well. The next Pathways to Power program will be held in April 2016 and is focused on “Women on the Bench”.
10/19/2015 11:15:02 am
Thank you for this summary! I live in Alberta and have been eagerly following "comply or explain" - I am so hopeful (for change) and wish you all the best with it in Ontario. I am a member of the BC and AB Law Societies and have board ambitions myself. I hope the WLFs out here will collaborate with the ICD and others and create a similar united effort - we're all in this together, right?! Thanks again.
10/19/2015 03:21:13 pm
Thanks Chelsea for your comment. I too am eagerly following"comply or explain" and hopefully some positives changes are on the horizon. We are definitely in this together and a united effort is key, I agree.
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Erin C. Cowling is a freelance lawyer, entrepreneur, legal career consultant researcher & writer, and President and Founder of Flex Legal Network Inc., a network of freelance lawyers.