Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women's Leadership Index and the Future of Our State

Oct. 17 Event Presented by the Inforum BoardAccess™ Initiative

Sep 30, 2011, 15:24 ET from Inforum

DETROIT, Sept. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Research shows that diversity makes good business sense. What can be done to unlock the benefits that diversity adds to shareholder value and profitability?

On Oct. 17 at the Westin Hotel, Southfield, Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership (ICL) host a panel of distinguished executives who will address actions to boost the number of women on Michigan's corporate boards to create a competitive edge. The event will be presented by Inforum BoardAccess™ Initiative, created to help develop qualified women candidates for seats on public and private corporate boards of directors.

The event, titled "Claiming Corporate Leadership: Michigan Women's Leadership Index and the Future of Our State," also will include the release of ICL's biennial Michigan Women's Leadership Index (MWLI), which evaluates the progress of women's leadership at Michigan's top public companies. As in 2009, the research for the MWLI is being conducted by the Eastern Michigan University College of Business.

Leading the discussion on Oct. 17 will be Rebecca Blumenstein of the Wall Street Journal. She is deputy managing editor, international editor, and a leader of the Journal's ground-breaking Women in the Economy Task Force.  A Michigan native, Blumenstein is a graduate of the University of Michigan.


   -- Dennis Archer, independent corporate director, former Mayor of Detroit

       Perspective: The challenge of diversity on boards

   -- Cynthia Brinkley, vice president, global human resources, General Motors

       Perspective: Tone at the top is critical in building a pipeline of women leaders

   -- Meredith Miller, chief corporate governance officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

       Perspective: Why institutional shareholders encourage board diversity

   -- Donald R. Parfet, lead director, Kelly Services; founder and general partner, Apjohn Group

       Perspective: Entrepreneurial and VC experience enhances board culture

   -- Holly Van Deursen, independent director, angel investor, former Group VP of BP

       Perspective:  European-style quotas and angel investing as paths to board service

Event Details


Monday, Oct. 17, 2011


Registration, 11:30 a.m. Luncheon and panel 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Westin Hotel, Southfield


Inforum members, $50; nonmembers, $65; table of 10, $575

For more information and to register online: visit
Event sponsored by Ernst & Young

About Inforum
Inforum is Michigan's leading business forum for women, with more than 1,800 members from a cross-section of Michigan's business community.  The mission of the organization is to strengthen the business environment by creating opportunities for women to lead and succeed.  Founded as the Women's Economic Club in 1962 in Detroit, Inforum has affiliates in Grand Rapids and Lansing, Michigan.  For more information, visit or call 877.633.3500.

About Inforum Center for Leadership
Inforum Center for Leadership, the educational and research arm of Inforum, accelerates careers through unique leadership development programs that allow women to challenge themselves, take risks, and reach the next level. Inforum Center for Leadership also conducts and publishes research on women's leadership influence in Michigan.  

About Eastern Michigan University College of Business
Eastern Michigan University's College of Business (COB) is a cutting-edge and innovative organization that strives to equip today's students for tomorrow's global environment. The COB continues to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an accreditation that establishes EMU's COB as among the best in the country. EMU's COB offers outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs. 

SOURCE Inforum