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The key to more female CEOs: More female board members

The key to more female CEOs: More female board members

Finance
The number of female Fortune 500 CEOs is shrinking You've seen the headlines about the lack of female leadership, the challenges women overcome to reach the C-suite and the dwindling numbers of women at the top. Some companies are testing out structured mentoring, empowerment programs and ambition summits to fix the problem and correct gender imbalances. But other experts say this may not be a bottom-up problem as much as a top-down one, which begins with a startling lack of diversity on company boards. Related: Why it matters so much every time a woman CEO leaves A majority of companies in the S&P 500 have at least one woman on their boards, but only 25% have two, according to a recent study from PwC. In order for boards to appoint more female CEOs, there first ...
How motherhood made them better CEOs

How motherhood made them better CEOs

Finance
YouTube CEO: Longer maternity leave keeps women at work For years, entrepreneur and business journalist Sarah Lacy said people throughout Silicon Valley encouraged her to start her own business. But it wasn't until she had a child that she decided to do it. "I raised money for my first company with my newborn baby in the room with me. I felt like I never had confidence to take that step before," said Lacy, who founded Pando, an investigative journalism site covering the tech industry, six years ago. Last year, she started another company, Chairman Mom, which seeks to provide a judgment-free social platform for working mothers. Motherhood "made me way more ambitious," said Lacy, who writes about her experiences in her book "A Uterus is a Feature, Not a Bug: The Working Wo...