LBS backs initiative for board ready women

London Business School has today welcomed the launch of an initiative designed to help promote and connect board-ready women with executive search firms, companies, investors and those looking to make board appointments.

The Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) searchable database has been developed in response to global corporate governance needs for more gender diversity on publicly quoted company boards in Europe. Women in the group can ensure that their profiles and experience are kept up to date while companies and recruiters can easily search and identify those candidates whose experience most closely match their requirements and contact them directly.

During the past 18 months, Europe’s leading business schools have been working with the European Commission and Senior Executive Women to produce a growing list of now more than 8000 Board Ready Women. A full list of participating business schools can be found here -

"At London Business School, we're wholeheartedly committed to enabling equality at board level within companies and organisations. Hence we're thrilled to support the much-needed Board Ready Women initiative, which will help women who are aspiring to be on, or who already serve on a board, connect with companies, recruiters and peers. I encourage all London Business School women to join the list, share their experience and follow the debate", said Wendy Alexander, Associate Dean, Degree Programmes and Career Services, London Business School.

The "Global Board Ready Women" searchable database list and forum will be administered by the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club on the global business platform, LinkedIn. The group consists of women who already serve on a board or who are ready to take on a new mandate.  All women listed in the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) searchable database are suitable to be considered for publicly listed company board-level positions and meet a clear set of criteria defined by members of the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative.

"As alumnae, our links to LBS are often grounded in personal relationships with classmates and professors, and fundraising initiatives. Therefore it is a pleasure to see the School engaging in something new, the Global Board Ready Women database, a global initiative to enhance career prospects for all women graduates. The Global Board Ready Women database is an excellent tool for alumnae already active in, or aspiring to roles in corporate governance. The list is a global network to increase gender diversity in corporate governance worldwide", said Bridget Cosgrave, MBA1988, London Business School.

In addition, the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative has arranged for each of the individuals selected for the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) searchable database to be linked with BoardEx ‘s Profiles and to access BoardEx’s database of more than 500,000 corporations and companies.