Written by Claire Cain Miller for The New York Times. Originally published on October 8, 2013.
“There has been quite a kerfuffle over Twitter’s lack of gender diversity at the top, including my Saturday New York Times story about the issue and a stream of tweets in response from Dick Costolo, its chief executive.
Twitter executives have said they care deeply about the issue, but have found it challenging because of the small pool of qualified technical women. And, as Mr. Costolo said on Twitter, the company does not want to appoint a woman just to check a box.
I asked various tech insiders, executive recruiters and academics studying tech or corporate governance for nominations. One of them, Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, a professor specializing in chief executive leadership and corporate governance at the Yale School of Management, said he came up with at least 20 names in 10 minutes and could easily name 20 more.
As a start, here is a list of 25 women who could serve on Twitter’s board, from industries like tech, media, entertainment and advertising. Surely at least one would bring value beyond a checked box.”
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