The stated aims of the roundtable are to create "peer group exchanges" focused on diversity, explore the benefits of a centralized database of diverse candidates, engage investors, create a library of resources for governance committees, and establish best practices for director performance assessments. Although databases such as Equilar's Diversity Network already exist, they are fragmented and somewhat decentralized, leading to arguments that there simply isn't a sufficient pipeline of diverse candidates to increase diversity at the majority of boards—an argument the roundtable seeks to put to bed once and for all.
S&P 500 companies are increasingly looking beyond the traditional "current or retired CEO" board candidate, according to recent research by Spencer Stuart. This includes candidates who are younger, more diverse, and actively employed (often with a tech background). Although CHROs have historically been underrepresented on boards, this new push could indicate a change in trend. Interested directors and executive can contact WCD and the Nominating and Governance Chair Roundtable at firstname.lastname@example.org.