Barry Lawson Williams
Recent projects by a retired Corporate Board Director
A 2020 project to capture the corporate board experiences of 50 seasoned black directors for the benefit of new black corporate directors and aspiring black candidates.
A 2015/2016 project indicating the extent to which qualified black candidates were being overlooked in board succession planning for major Bay Area corporate boards.
A 2013/2014 project to identify the views of younger black professionals regarding financial planning.
"In this episode, Ian and Nique are joined by Barry Lawson Williams to discuss the importance of building black representation on corporate boards across the United States. When it comes to corporate America, Barry’s life exemplifies the vision, character, and insight worthy of a career business executive who has served on 14 public company boards. A few years ago..."
"People worry about AI systems making decisions. What if they make an error? Worse, what if the machines are biased and create disparate impact? We have already seen Google’s hate speech detector have a racial bias problem and Amazon’s AI recruiting tool that was sexist. Most people agree that diversity and inclusion (D&I) are core to building trustworthy, responsible AI..."
"In this episode, Byron Loflin, Nasdaq Global Head of Board Engagement, is joined by Barry Lawson Williams, retired Managing General Partner, Williams Pacific Ventures, Inc., who shares his boardroom experiences as a Black director, insights about building an effective board, and the meaning behind his Black Corporate Directors Time Capsule Project..."
"Women, once a rarity on corporate boards, have made real gains in recent years following concerted campaigns by big investors to increase gender diversity and state legislation that set targets. Now, after the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests spurred by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, the racial make-up of boards is getting a closer look..."
"Nike has been talking this talk for the past quarter century: Diversity, inclusion, equality. The company's ads, which famously encouraged America to "Just Do It," have celebrated disabled athletes, female participation in sports and Colin Kaepernick, the outcast NFL player who protested racial injustice in 2016.
This year, after George Floyd, a Black man, died under the knee..."
"C-Suite recently sat down with Barry Williams, a retired board director, who has served on 14 corporate boards during his illustrious career. Williams recently published the “Black Corporate Directors Time Capsule Project” to capture insight from 50 seasoned African American directors on their experiences serving on corporate boards. Williams discussed findings from the study..."
"After taking up the challenge of increasing board gender diversity, companies are now increasingly facing the challenge of achieving board racial diversity. Recent social unrest over systemic racial injustice has pushed racial inequity into sharp relief, leading many companies to consider actions they could take to implement the needed systemic transformation. Because..."
"Over the course of several decades, Williams, who ran his own consulting and investment company for many years, has served on 14 public company boards, including prominent institutions such as Sallie Mae, Navient Corporation, and PG&E, where he was the lead director. While on boards, it was not unusual for Williams to be the lone Black member..."
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