WIB-Chicago held an exceptional event on February 27, featuring Sharon Ayd, an accomplished healthcare industry executive and corporate board member. Sharon shared her experiences and advice on becoming and being a woman on a company board. The story was personal - Sharon walked through her motivations for joining a board, talked about obstacles and discouragements of the process as well as emphasized the need for more female board members. Sharon also talked about the role of Executive Women In Bio’s exclusive development program - Boardroom Ready - that was one of the tools that started her corporate board member adventure. Words of advice and encouragement from Sharon resonated well with the audience. The subject sparked many questions and comments with an extended Q&A session. The uplifting message of the evening was that the landscape in corporate boardroom is chaining also. Some countries require female participation at a certain percentage on the boards of publicly listed companies. As of the end of 2019, California requires all publicly traded companies with headquarters in the state to have at least one woman on their boards. With more female board members companies can address needs of female costumers more efficiently. At the same time, women can put their expertise to work and reinforce the trend of incorporating diversity representing society.
WIB-Chicago could not be more grateful to Sharon and to our sponsors, especially Medmarc, that made this event possible! We have the highest hopes for many Women In Bio to join and serve on board boards so that companies are diverse and successful like never before!