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March 2015

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March 2015

More Women in Corporate
Seats of Power

Headhunters? More like skirt-chasers. A lot of what this staffing firm has been doing centers on helping companies bring more women into their boards of directors as required by the January 2011 Copé-Zimmermann Law.

It set January 1, 2017 as the deadline for reaching a 40% quota of women on these bodies. The relentless countdown is on at Leyders Associates: Sunday, March 8, 2015 is International Women’s Day, which leaves them exactly 664 days before the time is up.

Medium-to-large enterprises and publicly traded companies have already had to maintain a 20% quota since 2014, but the law also requires SMEs with over 250 employees and €50 million in turnover plus a portion of the public sector to get their ducks in a row.

“There’s going to be a need to find thousands of women directors for SMEs, foundations, public institutions and chambers of commerce. A lot of them didn’t realize the law also applied to them,” says Lucille Desjonquères and Michel Dumont of the staffing firm Leyders Associates who spearheaded Women in the Heart of Boards.

March 2015

Equality in the Workplace

“We believe in the virtuous circle. In order to staff over 1,000 women directors, we appoint advisors who are mainly unemployed executives or young retirees. Every time we place a woman director, we donate a portion of our commission to a foundation for at-risk women. Everybody wins.”

Lucille Desjonquères, founder of Women in the Heart of Boards

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