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SB-826 California Legislative Information

SB-826 California Legislative Information

Last year SB826 went into effect, requiring publicly-traded companies with California headquarters to have at least one woman on their board.

KPMG Report: The Women Changing California Boardrooms

KPMG Report: The Women Changing California Boardrooms

A study by KPMG Board Leadership Center Senior Advisor Annalisa Barrett assesses the early impact of California’s board gender diversity mandate.

California Secretary of State Reporting

California Secretary of State Reporting

The Secretary of State's office is tasked to review and issue reports regarding the corporations' compliance with the laws provisions.

Understanding California’s Women on Corporate Boards Law
Understanding why it is so important to include women on corporate boards

A 2016 study by MSCI found that United States’ companies that began the five-year period from 2011 to 2016 with three or more female directors reported earnings per share that were 45 percent higher than those companies with no female directors at the beginning of the period.


 A 2012 University of California, Berkeley study called “Women Create a Sustainable Future” found that companies with more women on their boards are more likely to “create a sustainable future” by, among other things, instituting strong governance structures with a high level of transparency.


Credit Suisse conducted a six-year global research study from 2006 to 2012, with more than 2,000 companies worldwide, showing that women on boards improve business performance for key metrics, including stock performance. For companies with a market capitalization of more than $10 billion, those with women directors on boards outperformed shares of comparable businesses with all-male boards by 26 percent.


A 2016 McKinsey & Company study entitled “Women Matter” showed nationwide that companies where women are most strongly represented at board or top-management levels are also the companies that perform the best in profitability, productivity, and workforce engagement.


Goldman Sachs announced they will no longer take companies public without "at least one diverse board member", with a focus on women. They spell out why in their Commitment to Board Diversity.


A Harvard Business Review Study on Diversity is cited by many investors in pressing companies to diversify their boards.


Since 2018, based on research indicating superior market performance, the investment firm BlackRock recommends at least two women directors serve on boards of companies in which it chooses to invest.


Find out more about serving on a corporate board

African American Board Leadership Institute

Ascend Pinnacle

Black Corporate Directors Conference

How Women Lead

Latino Corporate Directors Association

National Association of Corporate Directors



Women Corporate Directors

Women on Boards 2020

Explore CA-based, women-founded board placement resources

Beyond Board




Him for Her


The Boardlist


Rich Talent Group


The Toft Group

Discover diverse talent for other roles and non-profit organizations

Inclusv is a databank of diverse political talent

Boardsource is a resource for nonprofit boards


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