February 21, 2018

Three Women on Every Board! That’s Progress?

I blogged a few weeks ago about BlackRock’s desire for a quota of two women on every board. I’m glad that BlackRock is advocating for two women on every board – but I’m sad that an investor has to advocate for such a thing as quotas at all. There should be more than two women on every board – but ideally it should happen naturally, just as gender diversity has happened in so many professions over the past 40 years or so. We’ll get there – but unfortunately it’s pretty clear that it won’t happen “naturally” as progress is moving at a glacial pace.

Anyway, Allen Matkins’ Keith Bishop told me about this bill recently introduced in California that would require at least three women on a board when the authorized number of directors is six or more. This bill would apply to public companies with their principal places of business in California, to the exclusion of the law of the state of incorporation…

The SEC’s Home Page Redesign: Mobile Friendly

As someone who studies site design (yes, I design all of our sites), I am always curious when the SEC redesigns its home page. It’s only been 2 years since the last redesign – and the prior redesign was four years before that.

The new design of the SEC’s home page is particularly suited for viewing by mobile devices. Since studies show that a majority of online traffic comes through mobile devices, it’s logical that the SEC would go this route. I changed the design of this site’s home page so it was optimal for mobile – and many folks weren’t happy so I reversed course & went back to the old design!

The SEC’s redesigned home page continues to cater to retail investors – as well as tout the new Chair’s objectives that he discussed in his first speech a few months ago. For those of us that rely on the SEC’s rules, regulations & guidance, the tabs at the top continue to be of the utmost importance…

Just Announced! The “Section 16 Forums”

In response to those doing Section 16 work who have told us that they want to network with those similarly-situated, we are holding two “Section 16 Forums.” Hosted by Alan, these are one-day events for all Section 16 practitioners – not just beginners.

This pair of “Section 16 Forums” are:

Washington DC on Tuesday, June 19, 2018
San Francisco on Tuesday, June 26, 2018

You can “register now.” The cost is only $295.

Broc Romanek