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MEDIA MENTIONS: KATHY GRAHAM CONGRATULATES NIELSEN-MASSEY FOR AWARD AT THE 2020 WOMEN ON BOARDS EVENT

Last month, Nielsen-Massey was awarded the 2020 Women on Boards Ambassador Award at the 7th Annual National Conversation on Board Diversity.

The photo shows Lynn Clarke, Chairman of the Board, along with Beth Nielsen, the Company’s Vice President of Culinary, proudly accepting this accolade and receiving congratulations from Kathy Graham, 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Chair.

Nielsen-Massey is a private family-owned company that's 111 years old. They have over 20% women on their board and an independent Board Chair, also female. Kudos to a company that makes the best vanilla extract (my favorite) and understands the value of diversity!

Nielsen-Massey posted on LinkedIn: "We are truly honored by this recognition and proud to advance the mission of 2020 Women on Boards, which is to increase the percentage of women on U.S. corporate boards to 20% or more, by the year 2020. Congratulations to all who were recognized."

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MEDIA MENTIONS: 2020 WOMEN ON BOARDS EVENT IS A BIG SUCCESS

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.

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MEDIA MENTIONS: WHY YOUR BOARD SHOULD INCLUDE A WOMAN—OR TWO

Photo here shows PDA members at the 2020 Women on Boards Chicago November 2018 event: (Left to Right) Ken Hoganson, PDA CEO and Founder; Rebecca Wing, PDA National Operating Officer; Cindy Burrell, PDA Board Member; Kathy Graham, PDA Chief Marketing Officer; Vince Williams, PDA Diversity Initiative Leader; Andy Feltovich, PDA Member; Mary Ann Hynes, PDA Member.


Business columnist Jim Kendall in the Daily Herald recently featured PDA CEO and Founder Ken Hoganson, PDA Board Member Cindy Burrell, and PDA CMO Kathy Graham in his timely column "Why your board should include a woman—or two." His column begins:

"Ideas and insights matter, which means there are some extremely practical reasons that the board of directors of your small or mid-size business should include a female member—or two, or more."

"The reasons why come from Kathy Graham, founder of The HQ Companies Inc., a Chicago group of four related businesses that deal in talent assessment and management, and related growth strategies; Cindy Burrell, president of Chicago-based Diversity in Boardrooms, a consulting firm that seeks to match business needs and potential board members; and Ken Hoganson, founder and CEO of the Private Directors Association, which provides support intended to help privately owned businesses create value-producing boards."

"Collectively, and very much condensed here, their reasoning looks like this:
An atypical approach. The presence of a woman, or women, on your board will break up the group thinking that often drives many decisions. Diversity of thoughts and points of view matters.
Funding. Outside investors increasingly look for diversity in an organization, especially at the board level, before they write a check.
Perceptions. Depending on the business, chances are that women are 40 percent or more of your customer base. Women board members provide a different read of the thinking not only of consumers but of female employees and customers.
Image. Board gender diversity will especially please millennials who, as a group, tend to care about what businesses advocate."
Read the full Jim Kendall column.