Global Competitiveness


American economic growth and competitiveness is strengthened by business' ability to gain value from an increasingly diverse labor force. Women have excelled in educational attainment and have been led to expect ull equality in the workplace. That expectation, and the progress built upon it, is undermined when women cannot achieve equal status on the highest rung of the corporate ladder—the board. In 2011, women occupied ust 16 percent of Fortune 500 board seats. That percentage is far below the percentages of women in the labor force, enrolled in higher education, and graduating with advanced degrees. This leaves untapped an important source of expertise and insight. Without a serious commitment to bringing more women onto boards, U.S. corporations will find themselves falling behind international competitors that are getting the most out of an expanding pool of talented women by opening to them more opportunities for success and advancement.

The situation for the United States is urgent, as other countries move ahead with numerous efforts to provide women with greater access to board membership and other opportunities for advancement. Despite a professed desire by many companies for greater diversity and female representation, there has been virtually no improvement in recent years. This is a problem that will not fix itself. America's business leaders should under- stand that they need to use all available talent to succeed in today's global competitive markets, and such talent increasingly will come from women.

In 2011, CED initiated a Subcommittee on Women's Economic Empowerment. On June 25, 2012 the Subcommitee released its report, Fulfilling the Promise: How More Women on Corporate Boards Would Make America and American Companies More Competitive. James E. Turley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young provided keynote remarks. Mr. Turley recently received the "Go Lead Award" from the White House Project. In he video clip below, he makes the business case for greater gender diversity in corporate leadership on Bloomberg News. Since the release, several CEOs endorsed the CED report.



Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards Congressional Briefing

Featured Speakers:Diana Solash, Director, Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness, EY Madeleine Condit, CEO, Madeleine Condit AssociatesToday, women occupy fewer than 18% of Fortune 1000 corporate board seats, while comprising a much higher proportion of...

March 29, 2016  |   Event   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Breakfast of Corporate Champions & Symposium

The third biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions will salute companies leading the way to gender balance on corporate boards. Hear the country's leading CEOs talk about why women in the boardroom is a strategic...

November 19, 2015  |   Event   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards

CED’s newest paper, “Every Other One: More Women on Corporate Boards” updates CED’s 2012 Policy Paper, “Fulfilling the Promise: How More Women on Corporate Boards Would Make America and...

November 13, 2014  |   Policy Position   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina Discusses Board Report Recommendations

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the U.K.,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014. The report examines the startling underrepresentation...

May 30, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina Opines on Tackling Unconscious Bias

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the U.K.,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014. The report examines the startling underrepresentation...

May 15, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Spring Policy Conference, May 1-2, 2014: Washington, DC

Please join the Committee for Economic Development for our two-day Spring Policy Conference on May 1-2, 2014.This year’s program will feature in-depth conversations with senior leaders, CEOs, economists, and policy makers, on early...

May 01, 2014  |   Event   |  Early Learning,  |  Fiscal Health, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceJudicial Independence and SelectionEducationEarly ChildhoodForeign LanguagesK-12PostsecondaryFiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetHealth CareTax ReformGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina on Developing Female Leadership

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the U.K.,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014.  The report examines the startling...

May 01, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Shideh Sedgh Bina Weighs in on Identifying Female Talent

Recently, the Cranfield School of Management, billed as one of the “oldest and most prestigious business schools in the UK,” published The Female FTSE Board Report 2014.  The report examines the startling underrepresentation...

April 24, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



The Absence of Women in Science: A Troubling Statistic

By: Nathan Owen Rosenberg & Shideh Sedgh BinaReposted with permission from Enterprise Transformation ResultsWhile the presence of women on Fortune 500 executive boards has steadily risen to nearly 17 percent in 2013¹, up from 9.6 percent...

March 28, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Trustee Blog: Entrepreneurs on Boards

Entrepreneurs on BoardsBy Larraine Segil Director, Frontier Communications Inc. Chair of Foundation & Vice Chair of Governing board of The Committee of 200, Global Women’s CEO’s  Having served on a...

March 12, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Women in Leadership: Reversing Civic Recession by Addressing the Bottom Line

Please join the Committee for Economic Development (CED), NY LEAD, the Brennan Center for Justice, and Americans for Campaign Reform (ACR) for a luncheon and discussion with business and civic leaders on women in public...

March 03, 2014  |   Event   |  Money in Politics, Democratic InstitutionsCampaign FinanceGlobal CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Help Wanted: Male Advocates

By Paula SternResearch shows that empowering women economically invigorates corporate America and could lead to an increase in U.S. GDP. Yet, female representation on corporate boards in the U.S. is fourteen percent...

February 03, 2014  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



GM’s Appointment of Mary Barra a Refreshing Leadership Decision

Insigniam co-founders Shideh Sedgh Bina (a CED Trustee) & Nathan Owen Rosenberg recently penned an article examining General Motors appointment of Mary Barra to its top leadership role as the new CEO."As noted...

December 13, 2013  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Fall Policy Conference

CED hosted its Fall Policy Conference on November 20 – 21, 2013 in New York City, New York.The conference hosted panel discussions on business statesmanship, women’s economic empowerment, the economy, and college-and-career readiness, as well...

November 20, 2013  |   Event   |  Fiscal Health,  |  Teacher Effectiveness Project,  |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, EducationK-12Fiscal HealthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Making the Case for More Women on Boards

A company is only as good as its employees, and just last year a wealth of talented leadership was overlooked.  Women made up a mere 17% of Fortune 500 board seats, despite accounting for close to...

September 20, 2013  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



Business Leaders: We Need More Women on Corporate Boards

American companies are at a competitive disadvantage because they don’t have enough women on their boards. While boards steadily increased diversity since the 1980s, progress has stalled in recent years, with little to...

April 24, 2013  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Global CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



2012 Annual SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

On September 21, 2012, CED's Acting President, Michael Petro, and Beth Brooke, CED Trustee and Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at Ernst & Young, addressed SAIS's Third Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom....

September 21, 2012  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



2012 Annual SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

On September 20, 2012, CED's Acting President Michael Petro addressed SAIS's Third Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom. The conference focused on the global initiative to achieve gender balance on corporate boards. CED's...

September 20, 2012  |   Event   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessWomen's Economic Empowerment



CED Releases “Fulfilling the Promise”

America is falling behind other nations in promoting women to the highest levels of corporate leadership and companies must take steps to boost the number of women on corporate boards to ensure that the United...

June 27, 2012  |   Blog   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



Fulfilling the Promise

America is falling behind other nations in promoting women to the highest levels of corporate leadership and companies must take steps to boost the number of women on corporate boards to ensure that the United...

June 26, 2012  |   Policy Position   |  Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership, Fiscal HealthEconomic GrowthEconomy & Federal BudgetGlobal CompetitivenessCorporate GovernanceWomen's Economic Empowerment



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