CATA CEO, John Reid, reaches theBoardlist in Canada Lead, Joanne Fedeyko, to discuss how to get involved with this new CanWIT (Women in Tech) partnered initative to address the lack of women participation in Boards of Directors.
TheBoardlist is an opportunity for Canadian women in all industries to create their own pathway to the boardroom. Through my work connecting Canadian companies into Silicon Valley innovation, it is a business imperative for Canada to lead on the global diversity stage. We encourage women to consider a board position much earlier in their careers and to seek out mentors and career coaches to help them in their journey. (Joanne Fedeyko, CEO @ Connection Silicon Valley and Advisor, and CanWIT (Women in Tech) National Spokesperson launching theBoardlist Canada)
The Board List is serving a major gap in our global ecosystem, rallying and bringing talented men and women together. The opportunity for Canada to add our talent to the global roster is a valuable foundation for women to be profiled at all stages of their board growth. CATA Women in Tech is thrilled to join forces with The Board List to help advance Canada’s innovation advantage. Women are key to our economic strength, and the technology sector is lagging in attracting, retaining and developing women leaders in STEM. (Dr. Cindy Gordon, CEO SalesChoice, and Board Director/National Spokesperson for CanWIT (Women in Tech)
It is disappointing to report how Canadian boards are trailing on gender parity. Corporations need to adopt a gender neutral position, similar to Canada’s cabinet. ( Fawn M. Annan, President and CMO,ITWC, publisher of ITWorldCanada.com & CanWIT (Women in Tech) National Spokesperson)
theBoardlist is a curated talent marketplace for the tech community to recommend, discover and connect highly qualified women leaders with opportunities to serve on private and public company boards.
Our vision is that 100% of tech company boards use gender diversity as an opportunity to realize greater company performance. By our estimate, 75-78% of private funded tech company boards have no women. Yet we know that board diversity is a proven driver of business performance. We also know that creating diversity earlier in a company’s development allows us to create a more diverse and productive culture now, not later.
Together with leaders in the tech community, we have access to thousands of women leaders with the talent, track records and thoughtfulness to be great board members. However, until now there has been no way to discover and share highly endorsed candidates for tech boards of every stage (Series A through public).
theBoardlist leverages the power of our community by inviting CEOs, leading executives and investors to help identify and nominate female board candidates in a private, peer-to-peer platform and to use theBoardlist to identify outstanding Board-ready women for open board seats.
As a connected and valued business leader in Canada, we invite you to sign up and refer great women. Here’s how: Register and nominate board-ready women using this link: http://tinyurl.com/mkvuu55
About CanWIT (Women in Tech)
Interact with your Women in Tech Peer Group Now: linkedin.com/groups/CanWIT-Women-in-Tech-GLOBAL-3307815/about
CanWIT (Women in Tech) is a CATAAlliance initiative designed to promote mentorship, STEM disciplines, Innovation advocacy and successful women led enterprises in Canada.
CanWIT crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets.
Among it key programs are, the Sara Kirke Awards for recognizing women entrepreneurs, Social Groups for peer information exchange, Video Sharing Channels for sharing of best practices, Competitive Innovation nation advocacy and member events on topics of the day.