Board Member, Thrivent Trust Company
Women have successfully chipped away at the glass ceiling for the past few decades. However, there is one area where progress has been more limited—female membership on corporate boards of directors.
Board gender diversity is generally defined as women representing 30 to 40 percent of outside board members. I have been fortunate to have career experience with two great companies that have already achieved this parity: SECURA Insurance and Thrivent Trust Company.
At SECURA Insurance, 30 percent of the board members are women. According to David Gross, SECURA President and CEO:
The role of women has become so critically important in all aspects of our business. We look at gender diversity at all levels, from our board of directors, to my executive team, to our leadership team, and for all associates. We currently have 30 percent of our board members who are women, and although we do not manage to a percentage, we know that this diversity helps us so greatly as a board and as a company.
At Thrivent Trust Company, 50 percent of the outside directors are female. According to Jesse Ostrom, Thrivent Trust Company chairman of the board, president, and CEO:
While I don’t naturally see or define board members by their gender, as I reflect on the topic, I realize that given the collaborative nature of the board environment, this balance of female representation on the Trust Company board has served us well. ...