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Bucking a trend, ed-tech startup Pluralsight adds more women to its board

Financial performance of public companies can increase when more women are on their boards.

Bucking a trend, ed-tech startup Pluralsight adds more women to its board
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On the heels of its splashy IPO, Utah-based Pluralsight added two high-profile female executives to its board.

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The ed-tech startup, which was named one of Fast Company‘s Most Innovative Companies in 2017, added Leah Johnson, founder and CEO of LCJ Solutions, a communications consulting practice, and Bonita Stewart, vice president of global partnerships at Google.

These appointments buck the current trend of female representation on boards at public companies. The tech sector ranks dead last, with female CEOs at only 2.4% of the companies and an average board representation of 16.1%. Currently, only 20.1% of boards globally have at least three women, which is the “critical mass” of women needed to lead to better financial performance, according to research.

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Lydia Dishman is a reporter writing about the intersection of tech, leadership, and innovation. She is a regular contributor to Fast Company and has written for CBS Moneywatch, Fortune, The Guardian, Popular Science, and the New York Times, among others.

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