Why Women on Boards? Quotes from Leaders


John Hickenlooper, Colorado Governor

Governor John Hickenlooper’s Women on Corporate Boards Day Proclamation Excerpt “. . . research shows that companies with women on their boards are significantly more profitable than those without women on their board, and . . . high-performing publicly-held companies advance our economy and the standing of our state, both nationally and internationally, and the participation of women board members is critical towards these efforts.”

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View Governor’s Letter to CEOs



Kent Thiry, CEO & Board Chair, DaVita

Kent Thiry, CEO & Board Chair, DaVita

Goal:  Majority Minority by 2017 Met

“We hope to be a role model for other companies.  If we can do it, other companies can too.  A diverse board is important for two reasons.  First, it better represents the company’s employees.  Second, it improves the quality and thoughtfulness of decision making.  We’ve been so thrilled with the quality of women and men of color that have been interested in joining.  We’re planning on continuing the process.”



Noreen Doyle, Board Chair, Newmont

Noreen Doyle, Board Chair, Newmont

5 Women on Newmont Mining Board

“The case for diversity is clear:  Boards with more women outperform in terms of profitability, governance and teamwork.  It’s hare to imagine any team succeeding if every player brought the same skills to the field.  The same is true of Boards.  Diversity of thought, experience, background and gender creates the strongest possible leadership model for Newmont — it also helps us recruit the best and brightest from the broadest talent pool to run the business.  Diversity and inclusion isn’t just a nice idea — it’s a business imperative.”



Kevin Wilson, CEO & President, Heska

Kevin Wilson, CEO & President, Heska

3 Women on Heska Board

“It’s important to have a good representation of women on our Board because it is representative of our customers . . . 50% to 55% of companion pet vets are women.  It’s encouraging just how effectively we’ve been able to identify top quality women candidates. . . . Having multiple women on our board has been important to our bottom line and candidly our whole entire operations.”

See Heska CEO’s video about their gender diverse board


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