No Seat at the Table A Discussion of Women and Corporate Boards

Venue: Bossone Center at Drexel University

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 29, 2007
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In his recent book No Seat at the Table: How Corporate Governance and Law Keep Women Out of the Boardroom (NYU Press), Professor Branson lays out the evidence that women continue to be underrepresented on the boards of directors of America’s public companies. Branson is not alone in pointing to systemic causes for the persistence of this imbalance. Even among those firms that have recruited women directors, he sees evidence of “tokenism” and a pattern of recruitment that suggests that corporate America sees women as less capable of serving as its leaders. At the same time, there is a growing literature that suggests that female voices in the boardroom are important not only as a matter of fairness but as a matter of good business. Women are seen to bring perspectives that are important to good decision making in a business. Not only do they better understand the woman’s view – be it female employees or customers – but they are seen to bring a world view to issues such as trust, governance and responsibility and an approach to discussion and decision-making that adds value that cannot come from men alone.


Elva L. Bankins
President, The Forum of Executive Women
Sr. Vice President, CEO Resources, Inc.

Joan MacLeod Heminway
Professor of Law
The University of Tennessee College of Law

Vicki W. Kramer
Principal, V. Kramer & Associates

Ellen C. Wolf
Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, American Water
Member of the Board, C & D Technologies, Inc.


Between 31st & 32nd Streets on Market
United States

Additional Information

The Conference is being held on Thursday, November 29th, beginning at 2 pm. The location is the Bossone Center at Drexel University on Market Street between 31st and 32nd Streets in Philadelphia, PA. The program is scheduled to last three hours, and a reception will follow. Other than for those seeking CLE credits (see below), the Conference is free and open to the public. However, registration is required. The Drexel College of Law is a provider of Continuing Legal Education approved by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and has applied for approval of the Conference program for three (3) hours of substantive CLE credits in PA. Persons interested in receiving CLE credits should so indicate when registering and will need to pay a $25 CLE Fee on the day of the Conference and comply with certain attendance record requirements. The fee will be payable in cash or check made payable to “Drexel University College of Law.”