2020 Women on Boards Hosts National Conversation on Board Diversity in Tampa

Leaders Share their Vision on Recruiting Beyond the C-Suite and Maximizing Board Effectiveness

TAMPA — (Nov. 14, 2016) The 2020 Women on Boards will host its annual National Conversation on Board Diversity in 19 cities across the nation and throughout the world including Tampa, Fla. Thousands of C-Suite and senior level executives will meet on November 17 to discuss this year's focus, “Recruiting Beyond the C-Suite: Creating Change Through Collective and Individual Action.”

The National Conversation on Board Diversity raises awareness about the benefits that gender diversity brings to corporate boardrooms, and continues the momentum for national and global brands that have already committed to reaching 20 percent or more women on their boards. More than 6,000 people have attended the National Conversation events since they began in 2011.

Presented in conjunction with Women Executive Leadership (WEL), the theme of this year's executive panel discussion in Tampa is “Creating Change Through Collective and Individual Action: How Can We Harness Investor Influence, Legislation, Targeted Publicity and Other Means to Accelerate Progress for Women on Boards?” Tribridge is the signature sponsor and Tech Data is the sustaining sponsor. Other sponsors include Amalie Arena, the Bank of Tampa, Bloomin’ Brands, Envolve and the Marketing Posse.

The event is November 17, 6-8 p.m., at the Amalie Arena and will be moderated by Stacie Schaible, an anchor for WFLA, Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in Tampa. The panel discussion will feature the following executives who will share diverse perspectives on strategies to accelerate gender diversity in the boardroom:

  • TK Kerstetter, founder and CEO of Boardroom Resources and host of “Inside America’s Boardroom”
  • Robert Kueppers, former chairman and deputy CEO, Deloitte, LLP Center for Corporate Governance
  • Rhonda Mims, senior vice president and chief of public affairs, Wellcare
  • Linda Rebrovick, senior client partner, Morgan Samuels, and member of Tribridge's Board of Directors

To register for the event, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nov-17th-tampas-national-conversation-on-board-diversity-tickets-27801497026

“This is not a women's issue. Gender diversity is good business and results in higher sales, greater corporate morale and better return on investment for stakeholders,” said Malli Gero, co-founder and president of 2020 Women on Boards. “We are asking companies everywhere to commit to a level of best practices to support an effective global economy in the 21st century.” 

Each year, the 2020 Women on Boards' campaign publishes the 2020 Gender Diversity Index (GDI), which is based on the 2010 Fortune 1000 list of companies. Companies on the list are tracked from year to year, to measure the changes in the percentage of board seats held by women. Findings from the 2016 GDI report will be presented at the National Conversation this year.

For more information, visit https://www.2020wob.com/take-action/national-conversation-board-diversity.

About 2020 Women on Boards

Founded in Boston in 2010, 2020 Women on Boards is the national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020.  2020 Women On Boards is well known for its research on the gender composition of boards of directors, including its proprietary Gender Diversity Directory, which ranks companies on a W (winning) to Z (zero) scale.  2020 Women On Boards leverages this research with its one-day National Conversation on Board Diversity, held annually in November throughout cities in the U.S. and the world, when thousands of C-Suite and senior-level executives discuss and explore the benefits that women bring to company boardrooms.  For more information visit www.2020wob.com.