Recently, I had the good fortune to attend Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity, a symposium and book launch hosted by Aaron Dhir at Yale Law School. Lounge readers may remember that Aaron participated in our recent What’s The Return on Equality? mini-symposium here at the Lounge, in which he discussed some of the findings from his interviews with Norwegian directors that form the basis for his book.
I won’t say much about the book right now (though I may come back with a more detailed discussion later), other than to say that I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in this subject matter. Although I am significantly more skeptical than Aaron when it comes to directors’ assertions regarding the business case for boardroom diversity, the material he’s collected is a real contribution to the field and really essential reading.
The book launch and symposium was a great event that included many folks whose work in this area I’ve admired for some time. And, as is particularly appropriate for the topic, it was a highly diverse group on a number of fronts, with academics from law, economics, sociology, political science, and psychology represented, as well as directors, business leaders, and others active in this space from the non-academic side. It was one of the better events I’ve attended.
The photo is of our group at the end of an excellent day’s discussion.