The searchable database developed by the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) is an increasing list of 8,000 board ready women, who all meet the standards set by members of the European Business Schools. Member profiles of this database are updated regularly to ensure the women are on the fore front of board member roles and opportunities. Top business schools in Europe, the European Commission and senior executive women have collaborated to ensure the list, and thus the global network, is growing.
Wendy Alexander, Associate Dean, Degree Programmes and Career Services at London Business School states, “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”.
The Global Board Ready Women database on LinkedIn will be managed by the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club, which consists of women who previously held board member roles or are looking for a new challenge. The European Business Schools/Women has enabled the GBRW database to be linked with BoardEx’ Profiles. This means every woman who is part of the database will be able to access the BoardEx database which consists of over 500,000 companies.
Bridget Cosgrave, who achieved her MBA at London Business School in 1988 states, “ 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”.