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A National CEO-Sponsored Database of Board-Ready Women



CEO/Board Chair Sponsorship Form

Database Access Form

Please forward all completed sponsorship forms and requests for access to database to Rita Crotty, Executive Director of Women’s Forum at ceosponsorship@womensforumny.org.


The Women’s Forum of New York invites CEOs, executive search firms and board nominating committees with active director searches to participate in our Women’s Forum Corporate Board Database – a unique way to recommend and access a growing cadre of  board-ready women.

In 2011, the Women’s Forum of New York launched the Women’s Forum Corporate Board Initiative, in an effort to increase the pool of qualified women candidates for corporate boards. On November 2, 2011, the Women’s Forum sponsored the first “Breakfast of Corporate Champions” where we celebrated those companies in the tri-state area (NY, NJ and CT) who had at least 20% women on their boards.

At this event it was announced by Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the Partnership of New York City, that the Partnership and its 2011 Co-Chairs, Terry Lundgren, CEO/Chair of Macy’s and Ken Chennault, CEO/Chair of American Express, would encourage its members to generate the first list of CEO/Board Chair sponsored board-ready women.

The Women’s Forum of New York took these names into their database and continues to receive names from CEOs and Board Chairs establishing the Women’s Forum Corporate Board Database.  This national database, housed and administrated by the Women’s Forum of New York, is accessible free of charge to “only” Board Nominating Committees and Search Firms, verified as such.  The intent is to increase the pool of board-ready women candidates who have the sponsorship of CEOs/Board Chairs. 

We believe that this endorsement will help to increase the number of women who are not yet on boards and demonstrate the rich pipeline of women who are ready to serve.  The time for this acceleration is now!  Today, despite their importance as shareholders, citizens, customers and employees, women hold only 16% of Fortune 500 board seats – a level increasing at less than 1% per year.

What is unique about this database is that every candidate will be recommended by a CEO or Board Chair – providing a built in level of vetting. These recommendations will be available only to nominating committees of corporate boards and executive search firms actively seeking qualified board candidates.


We invite qualified CEOs and Board Chairs to download and complete the above CEO/Board Chair Sponsorship Form. Nominating committees and search firms should download the Database Authorization Form which confirms their active search. CEOs will receive confirmation that their recommendation has been received and nominating committees and search firms will be provided access to the database after authorization.



Rita Crotty | Executive Director | Women’s Forum of New York

55 West 39th St., Ste 12N | New York, NY 10018

T 212-447-9107 |F 212-447-0925 |ceosponsorship@womensforumny.org




The Women's Forum is New York's premier organization of women leaders comprised of the highest women achievers across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts.

We advance women's leadership three ways:

  • through our core programing which provides personal and professional enrichment to our members
  • through our Education Fund which provides education awards to high potential women whose careers have been derailed by adversity
  • through our Corporate Board Initiative which expands and extends the contribution of women leaders through participation on corporate and civic boards


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