About the Alliance for Board Diversity

About The Alliance for Board Diversity

Founded in 2004, the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) is a collaboration of four leadership organizations: Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics). Pat Prout and Betsy Bruening, partners at The Prout Group Inc., an executive search firm, were founding strategic advisors for the Alliance. They later merged with Diversified Search Group, which now serves as a full ABD partner. The partners have a unified value proposition:  To serve as a one-stop shop for companies, investors, the media, and the public interested in advancing gender and ethnic/racial diversity on corporate boards.

  • Our Vision
    • Corporate Boards Reflect America
  • Our Mission
    • Increase the Representation of Women and Minorities on Corporate Boards
  • Our Goal
    • 40% Women and Minorities on Fortune 500 boards by 2020
  • Our Strategic Pillars
      • Advocacy for Greater Gender and Racial Board Diversity
      • Build the Demand within Corporations for Women and Minorities to Strengthen their Boards
      • Showcase the Supply of Talented Women and Minorities to Fill Strategic Needs on Corporate Boards