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AESC joins IMD, other top business schools, corporate women and professional organizations in the Global Board Ready Women initiative

July 4, 2013

The global Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) and their BlueSteps.com service join forces with the European Commission, leading business schools including IMD, corporate women and professional organizations from around the world to mobilize around the GBRW – Global Board Ready Women initiative in support of gender diversity on corporate boards. 

The AESC is also offering all 7,500+ female executives of the Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) database, identified as board-ready by the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative and the Forte Foundation, complimentary membership to BlueSteps, the career management service of the AESC, developed uniquely for senior executives and board candidates. 

"Any additional support to foster the number of qualified women on the board of companies will greatly increase the diversity and, if managed well, also the performance of boards," insisted IMD Professor Bettina Buechel

"We have to break the Catch 22 situation where boards can continue to say no to women on the grounds that 'they don't have any boardroom experience'," said Vice-President Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner. "It's time we put to bed the myth that there aren't enough qualified women to sit in company board rooms. There are—and organisations like the Association of Executive Search Consultants are working to prove it together with the European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative, the Forte Foundation, and their counterparts around the world within the Global Board Ready Women searchable database."   

Read about IMD's participation in the Global Board Ready Women initiative.

About IMD
IMD is a top-ranked business school. We are the experts in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education. 

Why IMD? We are 100% focused on real-world executive development; we offer Swiss excellence with a global perspective; and we have a flexible, customized, and effective approach. 

We work with our clients – individuals, teams and organizations – to resolve their issues, build capabilities and prepare for the future. Delivered from our campus in Switzerland and key locations worldwide, our programs and services combine practical experience, thought leadership and a global mind-set. (www.imd.org)    

About the GBRW- European Business Schools/Women on Board initiative:
Started by the European Business Schools/Women on Board Taskforce and supported by the European Commission, Forte Foundation and the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors' Club, Global Board Ready Women has grown to become a global initiative. Working with more than 180 leading business schools and professional organizations from 70 countries from around the world, the Global Board Ready Women searchable database has been created in an effort to identify and promote Senior Women Executives and Professionals who meet the strict criteria to create a global and diverse corporate governance for the 21st century. The Global Board Ready Women searchable database is on Linked-In and administered by the Financial Times Non –Executive Directors Club. 

About The Association of Executive Search Consultants
The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC) is the worldwide professional association for the retained executive search and leadership consulting industry. The AESC promotes the highest professional standards in retained executive search and leadership consulting through its industry recognized Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines. For more information, visit www.aesc.org.



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