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The convergence of new technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and advanced manufacturing with socioeconomic and demographic shifts will create new approaches to how work gets done over the next five years - transforming labor markets and presenting both challenges and opportunities for businesses and the workforce.

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Shareholders are becoming more involved in efforts to get gender issues on the minds of companies, specifically to include more women on their boards. A big push for that effort is coming from the Thirty Percent Coalition, the Women’s Inclusion Project and other initiatives, says Michael Passoff, CEO of Proxy Impact, a San Francisco-based proxy voting service for mission-based investors. Several dozen companies are being engaged on the issue of increasing board gender diversity through shareholder letters, dialogues and resolutions, he says. “Proxy access resolutions are also raising the issue with several dozen more,” he says.

Overall, the future appears bright for investing through a gender lens. “At some point, there will be explosive growth of AUM,” says Ellis of Morgan Stanley. “We can’t all forecast when, but investors are certainly starting to gravitate toward it.”

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By Joann S. Lublin

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Glass ceilings are shattering all over—except in the boardrooms of 76 U.S. public companies that have had no female directors for the entire past decade.

The protracted persistence of all-male boards emerges from an exclusive analysis for The Wall Street Journal by Equilar Inc. The governance researchers tracked the 1,500 largest Russell 3000 concerns without female board members in any of the past 10 years.

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  • On average, S&P 500 directors have 2.1 outside corporate board affiliations, although most directors aren’t restricted from serving on more.
  • The number of boards with no female directors dropped to the lowest level we have seen; six S&P 500 boards (1%) have no women, a noteworthy decline from 2006, when 52 boards (11%) included no female members. Women now constitute 21% of all S&P 500 directors.
  • Among the boards of the 200 largest S&P companies, the total number of minority directors has held steady at 15% since 2011. 88% of the top 200 companies have at least one minority director, the same as 10 years ago.

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Article originally published in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation 

As 2016 draws to a close, shareholder proponents and proxy advisors have begun laying the groundwork for the 2017 proxy season. Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis recently released their U.S. voting policy updates which address a range of issues including directors’ outside board service, restrictions on the submission of binding shareholder proposals, governance provisions at newly public companies, and

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