Big Increase in Women on Silicon Valley Boards

Many More Women Directors in the 2018 Lonergan SV150

Susan Lonergan, August 22nd, 2018

As of this point in the 2018 proxy sea­son, women direc­tors fill 19% of the board seats on the Lon­er­gan SV150 (board com­po­si­tion data for com­pa­nies with­out a 2018 proxy fil­ing to date came from their web­sites). Com­pared to our study of Sil­i­con Val­ley boards pub­lished in the 2015 Who Runs Sil­i­con Val­ley Board edi­tion, this is an increase of six per­cent­age points. A relent­less focus on gen­der diver­si­ty in the Sil­i­con Val­ley has yield­ed a change in recruit­ment at the board lev­el. In 2017, the por­tion of new board seat appoint­ments filled by women was 32%. The pace for 2018 to date is 35%.

  • Board seats filled by women: 153 in mid-2015 ris­ing to 237 today 
  • Per­cent women held seats: 13% in mid-2015 ris­ing to 19% today 
  • Num­ber of Lon­er­gan SV150 boards with no women direc­tors: 42 in mid-2015 drop­ping to 24 today 

Susan Lonergan

Operating Partner & CFO, Lonergan Partners

Editor of Who Runs Silicon Valley series


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