NEW YORK— November 14, 2017 – Today, 19 Paradigm for Parity® member companies were saluted for their leadership in appointing women to serve on corporate boards of directors at the Women’s Forum of New York Annual Breakfast of Corporate Champions. The companies were recognized as the 2017 Corporate Champions for having at least 25% of board seats held by women. 

“We are proud that so many Paradigm for Parity® companies are fulfilling their commitment to gender parity by ensuring women are represented on their Boards of Directors,” said Ellen Kullman, Co-Chair of the Paradigm for Parity® coalition. “These companies understand that the only way parity will be achieved is if steps are taken to level the playing field – and that includes filling both board seats and the C-suite with qualified, talented female leaders. We are committed to working with these 19 leading companies and others that are like-minded with a goal to achieve true gender parity in corporate leadership by 2030.”

Below are the 19 Paradigm for Parity® companies that were honored today: 

 Companies with 40 percent of board seats held by women: Voya Financial, Inc.

Companies with 30 percent of board seats held by women: Accenture, Frontier Communications Corporation, The Hershey Company, KeyCorp, ManpowerGroup, Newmont Mining Corporation, Principal Financial Group, Inc., and Synchrony Financial

Companies with 25 percent of board seats held by women: American Electric Power Company Inc., Anthem, Inc., Bank of America, Coca-Cola Company, Edison International, Ingersoll-Rand PLC, Nordstrom, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Willis Towers Watson

To learn more about the honorees and the event, click here.

About the Paradigm for Parity® Movement

The Paradigm for Parity® coalition is composed of CEOs, senior executives, founders, board members and business academics who are committed to achieving a new norm in corporate leadership: one in which women and men have equal power, status, and opportunity.

The coalition created the Paradigm for Parity® 5-Point Action Plan for corporations to accelerate the pace of gender equity in senior executive roles. This unique agenda defines bold and specific actions that, taken together and simultaneously implemented as a package, will catalyze change and enable today’s business executives to secure the best leaders of tomorrow.

The five points are:

  • Eliminating or minimizing unconscious bias in the workplace;
  • Significantly increasing the number of women in senior operating roles, with the near-term goal of at least 30% representation in all leadership groups;
  • Measuring targets and maintaining accountability by providing regular progress reports;
  • Basing career progress on business results and performance, rather than physical presence in the office; and
  • Providing sponsors, not just mentors, to women well positioned for long term success.

60 companies to date have committed to follow the Paradigm for Parity® 5-Point Action Plan to achieve parity in leadership levels by 2030. Visit or follow us on Twitter using @p4parity to learn more about this exciting initiative.