Women’s share of board seats was stuck at 16.6% in 2012, the seventh straight year of no growth, according to researcher Catalyst. Also showing no change was women’s 14.3% share of executive officer positions, which has held steady for three years. For the fifth year, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies had no women of color serving on their boards. Catalyst has responded by creating the Catalyst Corporate Board Resource as a channel for recommending qualified women for board positions.

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  1. Sonia Cowen

    Those women who are already on boards need to reach behind them to other outstanding, capable women who are willing to serve tirelessly on those same or affiliated boards. This is a time for women to help other women. If women are to grow their numbers in realms of power and influence, they need to be willing to help other women “arrive” at the same pinnacles of power in the board rooms and in Fortune 500 companies by sponsoring more and more remarkable women to those positions. That is the only way to grow and preserve a legacy of effective women’s leadership beyond the glass ceiling. A tandem approach, of course, is for more and more entrepreneurial women to succeed as Fortune 500 companies and for them to elevate more and more women to their boards and executive positions.

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