The Chicago Campaign of 2020 Women on Boards—a national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to at least 20% by the year 2020—brought together a powerful group of speakers to address how we collaborate with public companies in Chicagoland to help them increase the number of women on their board.
November 15th saw over 250 attendees at the 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity in Chicago. To foster the important conversation of diversity on boards, the Chicago Campaign of 2020 Women on Boards has curated a program that allows for knowledge sharing among attendees.
This year’s conversation on board diversity included awarding Abbott (NYSE), the global healthcare company, an Ambassador Award for having greater than 20% women on its board for the entire seven years that 2020 Women on Boards has been tracking nationally these statistics via its Gender Diversity Index.
Abbott’s award—recognizing its nearly 40% women board representation—was accepted by Abbott Board Director Sally Blount, the Michael L. Nemmers chair in Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she served as dean for the past eight years.
Blount was also a 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Campaign Keynote Speaker for The 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity.
The photo above shows Sally Blount receiving Abbott's award, along with 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Chair Kathy Graham, Chicago Co-Chair Hajara Al-Amodi, and Chicago Co-Chair Rebecca Wing.
Read the full Press Release about the 2020 Women on Boards Chicago event.