In March, 2018, WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD), convened a group of board leaders from top global companies to challenge the continued barriers to diverse board representation.

During a second session, held in New York in October, 2019, N&G Chairs took an expanded view of the initial discussions and received updates from the working groups. The summary, WCD Convenes Thought Leaders to Drive Change in the Boardroom, can be found on this page.

The Nominating & Governance Chair (N&G) Roundtable – composed of 18 male and female, ethnically diverse board chairs, CEOs, and nominating and governance committee chairs, was represented by companies ranging from Aetna and McDonald’s to Alaska Air and Levi Strauss.

As a result of the initial peer exchange, the group has developed an action plan with five workstreams designed to actively address the issue:

Nom & Gov Action Plan for Increasing Diversity
1. Convene Nominating & Governance peer group exchanges focused on board diversity
2. Explore the value of a centralized database of diverse directors and board candidates
3. Architect a strategy to engage investor groups and alliance organizations
4. Develop a library/resource for Nominating & Governance committees
5. Benchmark and establish best-in-class individual board member performance assessments. 

If you are interested in participating in future peer exchanges or if you wish to contribute content, please contact WCD at

2019 N&G Roundtable

Previous N&G Documents