Although women are sorely underrepresented in the corporate boardrooms and top executive offices of the 400 largest public companies in California, there are firms that incorporate a significant percentage of women in their leadership.
Our Top 25 list highlights the companies with the highest percentage of women leaders. At each of these companies women occupy at least 25 percent of the board seats and highest-paid executive positions.
The success of these companies demonstrates that achieving balanced gender leadership is far from impossible. We encourage companies of all sizes to follow their example. The quotes shown on this page reflect their enlightened leadership, as well as advice from other industry thought leaders focused on boosting the number of women in leadership.
Leadership Lessons for Companies
John D. Goodman
Chief Executive Officer, The Wet Seal, Inc.
Ranked No. 1 in 2013-2014 Study
“The Wet Seal, Inc. is proud to be recognized for the number of women in its top executive ranks and on our board of directors. As a retailer of women’s apparel, Wet Seal is committed to empowering, developing, and recognizing women whether they are our customers, employees, or members of the communities in which we operate. Our people are our lifeblood and it’s the rich diversity of our employees and customers that set us apart – at Wet Seal we are passionate about creating opportunities for people at every level.”
- John D. Goodman
President, Chief Executive Officer, Director, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Ranked No. 3 in 2013-2014 Census
“Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is proud to be a leader in diversity and consider this to be at the core of our business practices. We work to create an environment that attracts great talent, and we seek to motivate, inspire and recognize high performance among all employees.”
- Laura Abler
Dean Steven C. Currall
Dean and Professor, UC Davis Graduate School of Management
“To compete in today’s global marketplace, successful companies need leaders from a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience to make critical strategic and operations decisions… We challenge the business community in California—and the country—to improve on its past and forge a path toward greater diversity in top leadership across gender, ethnicity and experiences.”
- Dean Steven C. Currall
“There has been significant discussion recently about women “leaning in” and an outpouring of executive leadership support for greater gender equality. A new women’s movement is emerging in which women advocate for one another and have the ability to influence at the highest levels.”
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