Tuesday, 20 July 2010 14:47

Software Boards Report - Gender Diversity Featured

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Little gender diversity

Ninety-two board members are male, and five out of the six female board members serve at companies outside the U.S., indicating technology is still a male-dominated industry.

This is not very representative of the Silicon Valley picture that has between 51 percent and 54 percent of their companies with at least one female on their board. However, the smaller companies (between $250 million and $1 billion) have less female representation than the larger ones. Eighty-nine percent of companies in the Silicon Valley Index over $5 billion have at least one woman on their boards. Twenty-two percent of companies between $250 million and $500 million and 33 percent of companies between $500 million and $1 billion have a woman on their board.

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Dora Vell

Dora Vell is the Managing Partner of Vell Executive Search, a boutique executive search firm in Boston focused on recruiting technology executives and board members. Vell has successfully completed numerous board member and C-level executive searches, including CEOs, COOs, CIOs, and Vice Presidents - at both public and private companies.

Prior to founding the firm in 2005, Vell was a Partner at Heidrick & Struggles' Technology practice for seven years.  Before her career in executive search, she worked at IBM for 11 years, managing software engineering organizations of 100 people and software sales organizations with revenues of $150 million. She has also served as an executive assistant to the CEO of IBM Canada for one year.

Vell holds seven worldwide software patents. She has published several Business of Leadership reports on governance and leadership and has been quoted in numerous articles including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Fortune, Agenda Week, MSNBC, Mass High Tech, the OPUS for the World Economic Forum, Boston Business Journal, The Globe & Mail, CIO Magazine, and IEEE. She also has been a featured speaker on leadership at numerous conferences and at Columbia University's MBA program.

Vell is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Boston CEO Roundtable. She has served on the boards of Framingham State, Entrepreneur's Organization, Goodwill, Mary Centre for developmentally handicapped adults, garage.ca, and RBC Capital Partners.

She has received an MBA from the University of Toronto, a Master in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Carleton. She has also completed the MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program.


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