Sumru Erkut, Ph.D.; How Women Directors Influence Corporate Governance: The Critical Mass Study

Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., senior research scientist and associate director at the Wellesley Centers for Women, presented findings from the Critical Mass Study. This project was an examination of both the impact of the presence of women on Fortune 1000 boards of directors as well as the number of women directors that creates a critical mass for that impact. This was the first research study that tried to answer the question of whether it makes a difference how many women serve on a board.

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