Women Business Collaborative (WBC) has established itself as the leading collaborative and high-growth movement committed to achieving equal position, pay and power for all women in business. Founded in 2019, the nonprofit alliance of business organizations and leaders has grown to include more than 60+ women’s organizations, 40 corporate sponsors and 400+ Council Champions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Women Business Collaborative (WBC) with Ascend, C200 and Catalyst, has released the second annual report highlighting Women CEOs in America: Changing the Face of Business Leadership.  The report, which draws on data and includes the most comprehensive breakdown of women in corporate leadership in the US, was released on October 13th via a live roundtable discussion.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Women Business Collaborative (WBC) – the fastest growing alliance of top business organizations driving impact to create equality for women in business — will convene more than 3,000 participants, including CEOs, thought leaders and the workforce-at-large, at its third Annual Summit  “Empowering Through Gender Equity and Diversity,” taking place virtually, September 21-22, 2021.

This release was published on PRNewsire at 8:12am EST on May 13th, 2021.

CEOs At General Motors, Procter & Gamble, Walmart, & More Honored for Efforts To Diversify Their Companies And Increase Opportunities For Women; Trailblazers Award Honors Magic Johnson, Indra Nooyi, Gina Raimondo & Others For Making Innovative Changes To Further Gender Equity & Diversity

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Women Business Collaborative (WBC), the unprecedented alliance of organizations, companies and individuals working together to achieve equal position, pay and power for all women in business, is pleased to announce eight leading CEO recipients for the 2021 Excellence in Gender and Diversity CEO Award with six iconic recipients for WBC's 2021 Trailblazer Gender & Diversity Award. These awards showcase the top leaders in promoting gender and diversity equity across business.

WBC's 2021 Excellence in Gender and Diversity CEO Award recognizes top officials in major companies for their efforts to diversify their companies and increase opportunities for women in business roles. The 2021 awardees include: Mary T. Barra, Chair and CEO, General MotorsDavid Taylor, Chairman, President & CEO, P&GRonald P. O'Hanley, Chairman and CEO, State Street CorporationDoug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart, Inc.; Jim Fitterling, Chairman and CEO, DowLaurence D. Fink, Founder, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock, Inc.; Tricia Griffith, President & CEO, Progressive Insurance; and Barbara Humpton, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation.

All of the awardees will be honored at WBC's Virtual Annual Summit: Empowering Through Gender and Diversity on Tuesday, September 21st and Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021. Over a day and a half, WBC will highlight achievements in diversity and showcase how the movement is reaching tens of thousands of women, men and organizations across the US and the globe. WBC's Virtual Annual Summit helps celebrate achievements while acknowledging the hard work being done to reach equal position, pay and power for all businesswomen. 

Chair and CEO of General Motors, Mary T. Barra states: "I appreciate WBC's work to highlight gender and diversity equity and for including me among these influential leaders making a difference across industries. At General Motors, we are committed to true accountability in diversity, equity and inclusion and are committed to doing our part to make our company and our world a better place."

Doug McMillon, President & CEO, Walmart Inc. adds, "I'm honored to receive this award and grateful for the impact it represents of Walmart's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts – especially after a year full of challenges that disproportionately affected women and minority groups. This work remains urgent, and both Walmart and the entire business sector must continue to use our resources to create a more equitable society for all." 

And David Taylor, Chairman, President & CEO, P&G shares, "At P&G, we believe in a world with equal representation, equal opportunity, and an equal voice for all individuals, and I am honored to accept this award on behalf of P&G people who are driving this aspiration every day." 

In addition, WBC's 2021 Trailblazer Gender & Diversity Award recognizes business leaders who have implemented innovative changes that further gender equality and diversity, uplifting those around them and cultivating inclusive environments. The 2021 Awardees include: Indra Nooyi, Former Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCo; Joey Reiman, Co-founder and Chair of Brand New World Studios; Gina Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce; Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Chairman and CEO Magic Johnson Enterprises; Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO, TIAA; and Lilly Ledbetter, Author and Equal Pay Activist. Lilly shares what all these Trailblazers represent: "I'll be happy if the last thing they say about me after I die is that I made a difference." 

"What an honor it is to recognize and celebrate these CEOs driving change for gender and diversity along with these Trailblazers contributing to our nation," says Edie Fraser, CEO of Women Business Collaborative. "They all deserve these honors for their remarkable commitment to supporting and advancing WBCs vision of equal position, pay, and power for women in business and our commitment to DE&I."

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Despite some encouraging signs in specific regions, women's participation in the investment management industry has remained stagnant for more than 20 years, according to data presented during DE&I in the Investment Management Industry, a virtual Executive Roundtable hosted by the Women Business Collaborative, the Investment Adviser Association, and Morningstar. 

The data picture of women's underrepresentation in investment management was presented by Laura Lutton, Head of Asset Management Solutions at Morningstar and Sarah Maynard, Global Head of External Inclusion and Diversity Strategies and Programs at the CFA Institute.

Strategies for creating a path forward to accelerate change were offered by three leading asset management CEOs with more than 85 years of combined experience and overseeing more than $4.5 trillion in assets: Yie-Hsin Hung, CEO of New York Life Investment Management; Jenny Johnson, President & CEO of Franklin Templeton; and Michelle Seitz, Chairman & CEO of Russell Investments. The roundtable was moderated by former Oak Hill Advisors Partner Alex Jung and Investment Adviser Association President & CEO Karen Barr.

Globally, the rate of women mutual fund managers is unchanged since 2000 at about 14 percent, according to new data presented by Morningstar's Lutton. There are bright spots – the representation of women in parts of Asia is north of 20 percent and is approaching 30 percent in China. But in the U.S. and U.K. the rate is below the global average.

One point of encouragement is that more women are in the talent pipeline, seeking the professional credentials necessary to be competitive in the investment management industry. The CFA Institute's Maynard noted that between 2015 and 2020, the participation by women in the CFA Program grew from 32 percent to 41 percent.  In real numbers, the number of women candidates for the CFA designation doubled over that period, from 70,000 to 140,000.

Continuing to build reliable data sets is crucial to building strategies for change. Each of the CEO panelists provided insights for accelerating positive change.

Franklin Templeton President & CEO Jenny Johnson said investment management executives need to view the hiring and promotion of women as "an unbelievable opportunity. If you have an underutilized group of very talented individuals, you have to look at it as an incredible investment opportunity. Firms must look critically at their practices to see what they are doing to build a pipeline and ensure advancement opportunities for women.  We must advocate for groups that have been historically underrepresented to start joining investment management firms and to envision themselves in our industry in the future. Firms need to help plant the seed early at the foundation of their careers."

"You have to resource this effort like any major strategic initiative with commitment from the top and embed diversity and inclusion into every step of our processes around talent, in interviews and promotions, to increase the likelihood of achieving the outcome we all desire," said New York Life Investment Management CEO Yie-Hsin Hung. "As women leaders, there's also an opportunity for us to bring more women into our industry by sharing our stories with the next generation and better connecting what we do to making a difference in peoples' lives."

"We have the women taking the exams, graduating from esteemed universities, and applying for jobs. We need to make sure that once they're in our pipeline, we provide opportunities to get them on track for promotions and leadership roles," Said Russell Investments CEO Michelle Seitz. "We need to attract and retain people once they're in the field."

A recording of the executive roundtable DE&I in the Investment Management Industry is available online.          

Women Business Collaborative

Women Business Collaborative is an alliance of business women's organizations working together to achieve equal position, pay and power for all women in business. We are a social movement consisting of millions of diverse, professional women and men, business organizations, public and private companies and the media leveraging the power of collaboration to accelerate change.

Investment Adviser Association

The Investment Adviser Association (IAA) is the leading trade association representing the interests of fiduciary investment adviser firms. The IAA's member firms collectively manage more than $25 trillion in assets for a wide variety of institutional and individual investors. In addition to serving as the voice of the advisory profession on Capitol Hill and before the SEC, DOL, CFTC and other U.S. and international regulators, the IAA provides extensive compliance and educational services to its membership. For more information, visit or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The Company offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, retirement plan providers and sponsors, and institutional investors in the debt and private capital markets. Morningstar provides data and research insights on a wide range of investment offerings, including managed investment products, publicly listed companies, private capital markets, debt securities, and real-time global market data. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with approximately $227 billion in assets under advisement and management as of Dec. 31, 2020.

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From C-Suite to Boardroom – Women's History Month Series to Guide Path to Gender Diversity. Originally published for PR Newswire on 3/08/21 and found on Expert Click. com

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Throughout Women's History Month, the Women Business Collaborative is hosting a series of events to demonstrate how women rise to CEO, C-Suite and Board positions; the best practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) and progress in industries like investment management and staffing; and how we can weave together a movement of women of all colors and backgrounds. The WBC is speaking with CEOs and executives from across industries about the importance of women's leadership and equity across businesses.

"It's exciting to see a new critical mass pushing for greater gender equality and diversity," stated Edie Fraser, WBC's Chief Executive Officer. "With these events, we are looking to harness that momentum and make sure these efforts are front and center this year."

WBC is partnering with RestaurantHER to highlight, celebrate, support and grow the number of women-led restaurants, especially those impacted by COVID. Together, we'll raise awareness and encourage Americans to support local women-owned restaurants throughout the month of March, throughout the year and beyond.

Join us on Monday, March 8th to raise a glass for equality with Women of the Vine and Spirits and participate in what is anticipated to be the largest virtual toast for gender equality in history. Also, on March 8th, WBC and Million Women Mentors are hosting a cross-sector of leaders to discuss how we can actively choose to challenge convention.

On Wednesday, March 10th, C200, Equilar, and the Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership will announce an upcoming report that takes an in-depth look at how a woman's social network has the potential to lead to more women acquiring board appointments. Key finding: 92 percent of board seats are filled through networking.

On Thursday, March 18, WBC, the Investment Adviser Association, and Morningstar Research will co-host an Executive Roundtable to discuss DE&I in the investment management industry. The industry CEOs and leaders on this panel will discuss the latest data on women in the industry and the path forward.                                                                                                              

On Tuesday, March 23, IBM and WBC are hosting a global conversation on how to weave a diverse movement for gender equity. We will discuss how all diverse women and men can work together to build equitable pathways and truly engage to promote women's leadership.

Join us Friday, March 24 for our monthly RT series with CEOs talking about the importance of diversity in leadership and how we got to the strong call to action in 2021 for more diverse women in leadership positions.

Finally, on Wednesday, March 31, we will talk with NetApp and Capital One about allyship in DE&I and what practices work across sectors including the technology and financial services industry.

WBC looks forward to discussing how we are accelerating progress towards women's leadership throughout 2021 in our monthly executive and CEO RT series and chats. Look for more information in Women Leadership Magazine USA's March issue on the WBC and Join us as we are #WBCFasterTogether.

WBC is partnerning with Grubhub for their Restaurant HER initiative — in celebration of Women's History Month and amidst the pandemic, women owned businesses and restaurants need to flourish more than ever.

CHICAGO, March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In recognition of Women's History Month, Grubhub is strengthening and expanding its commitment to grow the number of women-led restaurants, especially those impacted by COVID. It was four years ago with the creation of RestaurantHER that Grubhub first started using its technology platform to drive change and respond to the issues facing women in the restaurant industry. The company pledged to champion and support women-led restaurants, raise awareness about inequality in the industry and help improve things for the better.

As Grubhub kicks off its fourth year of RestaurantHER, we're working with World Central Kitchen (WCK) and the Women Business Collaborative (WBC) to support and help amplify our ongoing efforts for women in the culinary industry.

RestaurantHER comes this year as women have lost the most jobs during the pandemic. In January 2021, women were still down 5.4 million jobs, which makes up 55 percent of total jobs lost. The restaurant industry was among those most impacted by COVID, and a majority of the workforce are women. Before COVID, female restaurant workers (especially owners and chefs) struggled to grow due to lack of sponsorship, funding and even workplace harassment. As a result, there are fewer women at the leadership level in restaurants. And now those numbers are dwindling even further.

"We are hopeful that across the country, RestaurantHER will spark a movement of support for women-owned and operated restaurants," said Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Grubhub. "Women restaurateurs are highly capable business leaders in the industry, and they often face barriers that their male counterparts do not. This month, and every month, at Grubhub, we want to shine a light on women-led restaurants and all the benefits these women bring to their communities through their dedication, their creativity and their cuisine."

Since Grubhub began the RestaurantHER initiative in 2018, we've seen talented and aspiring chefs who have been able to succeed in part because of the resources and programs of RestaurantHER. Our incredible partners and diners have played a significant role in helping Grubhub work toward change. We worked with organizations such as the James Beard Foundation and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs to provide grants and tools for female chefs and culinary leaders to navigate and address the specific challenges they face in the industry. Additionally, Grubhub created a RestaurantHER map where diners can find a women-led restaurant near them.

To continue our efforts, Grubhub is supporting World Central Kitchen's Restaurants for the People program and specifically restaurants that are women-owned and operated. Grubhub will support these efforts through the Donate the Change program during Women's History Month, where diners are invited to join us in helping these women. Grubhub's Donate the Change feature allows diners who opt-in to round up their change on every order. All proceeds will go to World Central Kitchen to provide nourishing meals to help vulnerable communities impacted by the pandemic. Last year, Grubhub diners across the country generously donated a total of $21 million to support various organizations and communities in need through Donate the Change.

"We are grateful for Grubhub's support and belief in our mission, and recognition that restaurants are a key part of the solution to the ongoing health, economic, and humanitarian crises. Their support will specifically help women-owned and operated restaurants that are a part of our Restaurants for the People program, which pays restaurants directly to help keep their business afloat while also providing tens of thousands of meals to people in need," said Erin Gore, Vice President of Development at World Central Kitchen.

Grubhub is also excited to kick off a partnership with the Women Business Collaborative, an alliance of more than 44 women business organizations and thousands of individuals who are committed to gender equality in the workplace. Together, we'll raise awareness and encourage Americans to support local women-owned restaurants throughout the month of March and throughout the year. We'll also form an advisory board in 2021 composed of female restaurant owners to discuss issues in the industry and ways Grubhub and others can help.

"The time is now for all of us to commit to order from women-owned restaurants and tell the stories of our support in every community across this nation. We are devoted to this effort with RestaurantHER and Grubhub," added Edie Fraser, CEO of Women Business Collaborative.

World Central Kitchen will also be Grubhub's donation partner for our popular virtual concert series Sound Bites, which will feature performances by Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Cyrus and King Princess. Fans tuning in will be encouraged to scan customized QR codes that will pop up throughout the show to receive special discounts and Perks, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from King Princess. For every QR code scanned at one point during the live stream, Grubhub will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to World Central Kitchen. The free Sound Bites concert will take place on Friday, March 26 at 7 p.m. ET on the Grubhub YouTube channel.

Grubhub's commitment to support women in the restaurant industry will continue as long as it takes to see equality, and we hope our community of diners will join us by supporting female chefs and owners, and their delicious culinary creations, year-round. Visit the Grubhub app, or to find a women-led restaurant near you.

See the press release on Grubhub's website

About Grubhub
Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is a leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery marketplace with the largest and most comprehensive network of restaurant partners, as well as over 31 million active diners. Dedicated to connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features over 300,000 restaurants and is proud to partner with over 265,000 of these restaurants in over 4,000 U.S. cities. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus and MenuPages.

Published for PR Newswire in February, 2021 — Study also finds that staffing industry lacks diversity, an issue women in leadership are more likely to prioritize

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The WBC Staffing Council – a workstream within the Women Business Collaborative (WBC), in partnership with executives representing staffing industry associations American Staffing Association (ASA), National Association of Professional Staffing (NAPS), Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) and TechServe Alliance,  today announced the dissemination of their initial survey of 489 companies on gender diversity and equity within the U.S. Staffing Industry. The survey found that the percentage of women executives in the staffing industry is not above 20%

In late 2020, the WBC Staffing Leadership Council launched its efforts to accelerate diversity, equity and inclusion in staffing industry.  Their initial efforts called for a coordinated approach to providing the awareness of the status of diversity across the industry, as well as subsequent efforts to guide efforts towards a more balanced environment. The initial survey results largely reinforce our perception of opportunity to improve both representation and compensation equity from a gender diversity perspective.  Key observations from the survey include the following:

There is a profound pay gap between women and men – both within the industry and across the U.S. as a whole.

The staffing industry has a fair balance of men and women across its workforce, however imbalance occurs as leadership levels increase, with an underrepresentation of women in senior leadership roles.

Women CEO's bring a unique perspective to leadership – they are more likely to drive initiatives that create a stronger more balanced culture (including priorities around diversity).

There is a lack of racial diversity across this industry with people of color comprising well under 10% of all staff.

"The data in this survey and dashboard this represents a significant opportunity to drive opportunity for promotion and pay equity in leadership roles" states Edie Fraser, CEO of the Women Business Collaborative.  "The staffing industry supports the employment of nearly 10 million job workers on an annual basis.  By encouraging a more diverse and equitable workforce composition across those businesses supporting this industry, we will by default better represent the workers we employ."

The WBC Staffing Leadership Council has made the results of the survey available for review and analysis through a dynamic data analytics dashboard.  Over the next several months the Council will begin to release a series of insights and observations resulting from our review of the survey results. This work will be done in collaboration with the work along the 9 Action Initiatives of the WBC which focus on ensuring equal position, pay and power for all women across all industries and throughout the pipeline.

To learn more about the WBC Staffing Leadership Council and how you can get engaged, please visit or contact Kip Wright, CEO Genuent, and Co-Chair for the Staffing Council.

About the Woman's Business Collaborative
The Women Business Collaborative is an alliance of 44+ women's business organizations working together to achieve equal position, pay and power for all women in business. We are a business movement consisting of millions of diverse, professional women and men, business organizations, public and private companies and the media leveraging the power of collaboration to accelerate change.

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At the Women Business Collaborative(WBC), we are joining millions of others and the Marriott family, mourning the loss of Arne Sorenson, President, and CEO of Marriott International and recipient of our 2020 WBC CEO Leadership Award for Gender and Diversity Excellence. The outpouring of support of the Marriott workforce and the private sector overall is compelling for this extraordinary leader. Sorenson became the first person outside of the Marriott family to hold the title of CEO. Under his leadership, he expanded the company and was recognized repeatedly as a true champion for all women in the workforce and an exceptional executive.

In a company statement, Marriott International remarked on his ability to steer Marriott’s extensive progress for diversity, equity, and inclusion (2/16/2021).  Sorenson received great recognition for his leadership, being named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive magazine and was placed on Forbes’ list of America’s Most Innovative Leaders and Barron’s list of World’s Best CEOs.  At WBC, we were thrilled to join the list of prestigious awards given to Sorenson, recognizing him as a leader committed to gender equity and creating an inclusive environment for all employees. 


We had the pleasure of spending an hour with Sorenson, where he shared his admiration for Marriott’s tradition of empowering all people–men and women– through opportunity. He remarked, “Today, that commitment includes our Women’s Leadership Development Initiative, which aims to increase the presence of women in management or decision-making positions through mentoring, networking, and new opportunities. We’re working to achieve gender representation parity in global company leadership by 2025.” As a leader, he called on his peers to be authentic leaders. Sharing, “People notice. Over the years, I’ve found the presence of women executives on my team and across the company has attracted more women job candidates. Women can see a concrete path to opportunities here, and that’s critically important.” We hope that other executive leaders will follow in Mr. Sorenson’s footsteps and embrace their responsibility to provide critical opportunities to those often overlooked.
Thank you to two of our WBC board members, Becky Shambaugh, whose firm has partnered with Marriott for over 15 years in growing their women talent and for your championing of Arne for the WBC CEO award, and to Sharon Reynolds for your work with Marriott and its commitment to diversity and equity. 


We are honored to have met Arne Sorenson and recognize his leadership contributions. We believe that executive leadership has the power to reshape our world. With leaders like Arne, we will see our mission of Equal Position, Pay, and Power for all business women come to fruition. 


You can watch Arne Sorenson’s panel discussion at our 2020 Summit Here