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Corporate Diversity, Women and Leadership

Dec. 12, 2012

Ina Paiva Cordle

Women Leadership

About 25 women attended a Women Executive Leadership luncheon meeting on Wednesday in Miami, as part of the 2020 Women on Boards nationwide campaign to increase the representation of women on corporate boards to 20 percent or greater by 2020.

According to Women Executive Leadership, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women into corporate leadership positions, 43 percent of the 100 largest public companies in Florida had no female representation on their boards in 2010, 39 had one female director, 12 had two female directors and three had three female directors. Tupperware Brands in Orlando was the only Florida company with four female directors.

During the meeting in Miami, held at Holland & Knight's offices, Romaine Seguin, president of UPS Americas, spoke about her experience as a director and discussed the importance of women's representation in corporate boardrooms.

At UPS, three of 12 outside board members, or 25 percent, are women, she said. Women bring such attributes as risk assessment, leadership skills and diversity, said Seguin, who challenged the group to work toward 25 percent female board representation by 2025.

The meeting in Miami was linked via teleconference to meetings in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa. Similar meetings were also held on Wednesday in 22 other cities around the country, in Canada and Italy.

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Source: (c) 2012 The Miami Herald

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