Corporate Board Services Allies

Making Change Together

Catalyst is proud to work with the following organizations, which share our goal of increasing the number of women on corporate boards.

Catalyst works with the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) to promote parity in the boardroom. This collaboration between Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP), with the support and guidance of Diversified Search, produces the Missing Pieces: Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 Boards census every two years. This report details the number of Fortune 500 board seats held by whites, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Hispanics, by gender. The ABD holds a database of qualified women and minority men board candidates, to which all member groups contribute. 

Catalyst also works with professional network groups such as DirectWomen, an innovative initiative of the American Bar Association and Catalyst. DirectWomen is the only program specifically designed to identify, develop, and support a select group of accomplished senior women attorneys to provide the qualified directors the boards of United States companies need, while promoting the independence and diversity required for good corporate governance. In addition, DirectWomen presents the Sandra Day O'Connor Board Excellence Award to women lawyers who have served with distinction as independent directors of public companies while working to advance diversity among board positions. Read our Q&A with the 2013 Sandra Day O’Connor Award Winners.

Professional network groups provide an excellent opportunity for candidates to express their interest in serving on a board to peers, and develop the professional ties that often help secure a first or additional board seat. This list includes just some of the groups that can informally aid candidates in their search for board appointments.  

Candidates interested in board service can also seek out opportunities to further their knowledge of corporate governance issues. This list serves as an introductory compilation of organizations and institutions that offer programs for individuals who want to to increase their readiness to serve on a board.