Dean Williams comments on Inforum report
September 25, 2013
Margaret Williams, dean of Wayne State University's School of Business Administration, spoke with Michigan Radio and WDET about the Inforum Center for Leadership’s 2013 Michigan Women’s Leadership Index. Inforum and Wayne State University School of Business Administration collected data for the report that discussed women’s representation in high ranking positions. The report found that 28 of Michigan's top 100 public companies have no women as directors, executive officers or in the ranks of the five highest-paid employees. The report says that in 2013 women hold 12 percent of board seats at the top 100 companies. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over the last decade. The report points out that at this rate of change, it would take 170 years to achieve boardroom gender parity
"There's a good likelihood that having more different viewpoints and background represented on the board would indeed improve the performance of these boards," Williams said.
Williams also helped present the report findings at “A Conversation with GM and CEO Dan Akerson,” an Inforum event hosted at Cobo Hall on September 25.