California Insurance Commission Dave Jones provided great leadership in establishing, internal to his organization, a Diversity Task Force to assess how well insurance companies and insurance supplier firms were doing in the state with regards to governing board leadership diversity.
Imagine if all state departments followed their lead and provided the same, annual benchmark information about board diversity.
Insurance Diversity Initiative: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/diversity/
Task Force Members: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/diversity/35-news/upload/Press-Release-Announcement-of-2015-16-Insurance-Diversity-Task-Force.pdf
Diversity Survey instrument: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/diversity/02-tf/upload/GBD-2014-Survey.pdf
Quick Facts: http://www.insurance.ca.gov/diversity/40-res/upload/Statistics-Insurance-Diversity-Initiative.pdf
December 2014 Survey Results:
o Total companies surveyed: 206 with premiums of $100 M plus each
o Total number of board members: 1,153
o Average members per insurance company / group: 10
§ Only 18.6% of board members are women: 214
§ 21 companies have 0 women on their governing boards: 155 men, 0 women