Women Engineers were a big resource for companies. Highlights included Marissa Mayer (computer science) - pictured, CEO of Yahoo appointed to Yahoo Board and Wal-Mart Board; Ursula Burns, (mechanical engineer), CEO of Xerox appointed to Exxon Mobil Board; Linda Hudson, (systems engineering) CEO of BAE Systems appointed to Bank of America Board; Kristina Johnson, (electrical engineering), former U.S. UnderSercretary of Energy appointed to Cisco Board; Grace Lieblein, (industrial engineer), General Motors Brazil President appointed to Honeywell; Kimberly Snyder, (computer science), CEO and a Member of Panavision Board of Directors; Uma Chowdry, (engineering science), former SVP and Chief Science and Technology Officer at E.I. du Pont de Nemours appointed to the Baxter International Board; Amy Chang, (electrical engineering) pictured right, Global Head of Product for Ads Measurement and Reporting at Google appointed to the Informatica Corp Board: Diane B. Greene, (mechanical engineering) CEO of VMware appointed to the Google Board.
Women were appointed to CEO jobs and added as a member of their company's Board. Examples include Marillyn Hewson at Lockheed Martin; LuAnn Via at women's retailer Christopher & Banks Corp; Kimberly Snyder at Panavision; Andrea Ayers at Convergys Corp; Margaret Laub at Intelligent InSites; Marissa Mayer at Yahoo; and Peyton R. Patterson at BNC Financial Group.
Tech companies appointed more women to their Boards. Examples - Facebook, Zynga, Adobe Sysytems, Netflix, Scripps Network Interactive, Qualcomm, and Google.
Other important issues discussed on NewsonWomen this year included 5 Ways to Reach the Corporate Boardroom.
All of this shows that we are making progress even if the macro number of 16% of Fortune 500 companies directors being women does not reflect it. To change that number we need more than lists of candidates. Lists have been around for awhile and haven't provided a solution. The solution we need is "commitment"! Fortune 500 companies need to commit to making their next Director appointment a woman! That would move the needle and impact the 16%. 500 new women directors, for the women who buy their products, support their services and work at their companies! That is what is needed. That would make a Happy New Year!