Leading women business executives discuss the global perspective of women on the board.
Renée B. Adam s is a professor and Commonwealth Bank Chair in Finance
at the University of New South Wales. She held previous appointments at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the University of Queensland. She is also the director of the Financial Integrity Research Network, a research associate at the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a Financial Market Group affiliate at the London School of Economics. Adams has written papers examining the information flow between managers and boards; gender diversity on boards; governance problems in banks; group decision-making on boards; and the governance of central banks. She is the founder of the Financial Economics Women Network (FEW), a support, development, and lobbying group for female academics in finance and economics.
Beth A. Brooke is global vice chair for public policy at Ernst & Young and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board, with public policy responsibility
for the firm’s operations in 140 countries as well as for its diversity and inclusiveness efforts. Brooke has been named five times to the list of Forbes’ “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” and was named 2009 Woman of the Year by Concern Worldwide. During the Clinton administration, she served with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund efforts. A member of the International Women’s Forum, Brooke has been actively engaged in numerous international advocacy, civic and business organizations.
Andrea Roane joined Washington, D.C.’s W*USA Channel 9 in 1981, where she currently co-anchors “9 NEWS NOW,” from 4:25 to 7 a.m. A multi-Emmy and Gracie award winner, she has covered news from across the U.S. and around the world. She has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, and politicians, including former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; former First Ladies Rosalynn Carter and Laura Bush; Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; country artist and star of “The Voice,” Blake Shelton; and Elmo. Widely recognized for her commitment to women’s health, in 2006 Roane was named one of The Washingtonian magazine’s “Washingtonians of the Year,” for her continued work on breast cancer awareness through her “Buddy Check 9” initiative.
Susan Vinnicombe is professor of organizational behavior and diversity management and director of the International Centre for Women Leaders at the Cranfield School of Management in England. Her particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women’s leadership styles, and issues involved in women
developing managerial careers. Vinnicombe has written 10 books and over 100 articles, reports, and conference papers. She has advised many governments on how to increase the numbers of women on corporate boards. Vinnicombe was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her “services to diversity” in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List in 2005. She is a judge on The Sunday Times Best Non-Executive Directors of the Year.