Michigan Women's Commission Commends 25 Michigan Companies with 20% or more Women on their Boards of Directors

Contact: Vicki Levengood levengoodv@michigan.gov

Lansing, MI—Citing information from the website “2020 Women on Boards”, the Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) is issuing letters of commendation to 25 Michigan companies where 20% or more of the seats on their boards of directors are held by women.

“Research is clear – female representation on corporate boards has a positive impact on the business landscape,” said Mary Engelman, Executive Director of the MWC.  “This is why we have made advocating for more women on corporate boards across the State one of our key areas of focus.” 

The 25 Michigan companies and the percentage of women represented on their boards include:

  • General Motors Corp., Detroit, MI - 45%

  • Kellogg Corp., Battle Creek, MI - 42%

  • CMS Energy Corp., Jackson, MI - 40%

  • Stryker Corp., Kalamazoo, MI - 40%

  • Herman Miller Inc., Zeeland, MI - 36%

  • La-Z-Boy Inc., Monroe, MI - 33%

  • Rockwell Medical Inc., Wixom, MI - 33%

  • Steelcase Inc., Grand Rapids, MI - 33%

  • Ally Financial Inc., Detroit, MI - 30%

  • Kelly Services Inc., Troy, MI - 30%

  • Wolverine World Wide Inc., Rockford, MI - 30%

  • Altair Engineering Inc., Troy, MI - 29%

  • Diplomat Pharmacy Inc., Flint, MI - 29%

  • Sun Communities Inc., Southfield, MI - 29%

  • SpartanNash Company, Grand Rapids, MI - 27%

  • Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., Novi, MI - 25%

  • Credit Acceptance Corp., Southfield, MI - 25%

  • Gentherm Inc., Northville, MI - 25%

  • Penske Automotive Group, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, MI - 23%

  • Lear Corp., Southfield, MI - 22%

  • Meritor Inc., Troy, MI - 22%

  • Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI - 21%

  • Independent Bank Corp., Grand Rapids, MI - 20%

  • MBT Financial Corp., Monroe, MI - 20%

  • Visteon Corp., Van Buren Twp, MI - 20%

“It is important to recognize these companies as examples for other Michigan businesses to follow,” said MWC Chair Chris Etienne. “Making sure women are appropriately represented on corporate boards of directors is not just about doing the right thing.  It is about valuing the expertise, insight and point of view of women, which is beneficial to a company’s bottom line.”

The 15-member Michigan Women's Commission was created by statute in 1968 and has been dedicated to advancing women’s issues in the State of Michigan for the last 50 years. Commission duties include reviewing the status of women in Michigan, directing attention to critical problems confronting women, recommending ways of overcoming discrimination, enabling women to develop skills, conducting surveys, and recognizing women's accomplishments and contributions to Michigan. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and serve three-year terms. Areas of special focus include Women on Corporate Boards, Michigan's Women Veterans, and Human Trafficking and Sexual Assault in Michigan.

 

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