"NRF is proud to be part of a partnership that not only increases gender diversity in the boardrooms of retailers but in every industry theBoardlist serves."Matthew Shay
NRF President and CEO
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation and theBoardlist, a talent marketplace for executives and board directors, today announced a strategic partnership intended to improve gender diversity in corporate boardrooms in retail and other industries.
“NRF is proud to be part of a partnership that not only increases gender diversity in the boardrooms of retailers but in every industry theBoardlist serves,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Our member pool of deeply qualified female leaders will benefit from theBoardlist’s proven platform for accelerating opportunities for women at the highest levels of business.”
"NRF is the definitive voice in retail and it's wonderful to see it taking a leadership role in driving diversity in the boardroom,” theBoardlist CEO Shannon Gordon said. “We are excited to welcome their community to theBoardlist and look forward to supporting NRF candidates for new board opportunities."
Through the new partnership, NRF and theBoardlist will work to expand the network of senior leaders and board directors working to discover and promote outstanding board-ready women to achieve more balanced corporate governance.
Female retail executives from thousands of NRF associate and retail member companies will be able to join theBoardlist’s private network and be considered for board searches from private and public companies across the country. NRF members will also be able to search and leverage theBoardlist system to fill board seats.
The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com
theBoardlist is a curated talent marketplace that connects highly qualified women leaders with opportunities to serve on private and public company boards. Starting with the technology industry and now expanded across many verticals, theBoardlist offers public and private companies a platform to accelerate opportunities for women to achieve at the highest levels. Follow theBoardlist on Twitter @theBoardlist.