UC Davis Annual Study of California Women Business Leaders
The UC Davis Graduate School of Management has issued its 11th annual Study of California Women Business Leaders. Here’s a summary of a few key findings.
The good and the bad:
- Good: The number of female CEOs rose from 14 to 17, for a 21 percent increase this year, and a 55 percent increase since 2006. Good: Companies in the study with women at the helm have on average 38 percent more women leaders (excluding the CEO) than those with men at the helm. The bad: these 17 CEOs still account for only 4.3 percent of the CEOs at the 400 companies
- Good: Technology companies have come a long way. Excluding utilities, which are regulated, the industry with the highest percentage of women directors is technology software. Five Silicon Valley companies made the top 25 on the UC Davis list. (Arista Networks Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., NETGEAR Inc., Verifone Systems Inc., and Yahoo! Inc.). The bad: 30 Silicon Valley companies still have no female highest-paid executives and board directors.
Amanda Kimball is a research specialist collaborating on faculty research projects. She authors the School’s annual “UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders.” Kimball spent time in a PhD program for Economics at UC Davis, where she earned her master’s degree in 2003, with concentrations in microeconomic theory and industrial organization. She has a background in business and economics, including having worked for Capital One, the Investment Company Institute, and the Corporate Executive Board.