Women on Corporate Boards Law to Be Discussed Oct. 17

A panel discussion on “Women on Corporate Boards,” hosted by the National Assocation of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara chapter, is planned for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6878 Hollister Avenue, Goleta. 

Last year, California Senate Bill 826 was approved. It mandates all public corporations in California have at least one woman serve on their board of directors by the end of this year. 

A lawsuit against the measure has been filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

While critics claim the courts will strike down the new law, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, who co-authored the measure, will moderate the Oct. 17 panel discussion aimed at celebrating the controversial move. 

Panelists include: Kristen Miller, president and CEO of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce; Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search and CEO 2020 Women on Boards; Karen Bogart, president of Smith Bogart Consulting; Kathy O’Dell, CEO-elect of Women’s Economic Ventures. 

The program is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by appetizers and wine at the bistro on the hotel rooftop. To register for the event, see https://nawbo-sb.com/upcoming-events/women-on-corporate-boards/ 

The law not only requires every publicly held corporation in California to have a minimum of one woman on its board by the end of 2019, it also mandates two or more by 2021 for boards of five, and three women by 2021 for boards of six or more. California is the first state in the nation with such a requirement. 

Posted Oct. 4, 2019.

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