Kansas City, Mo., November 14, 2017. Today, Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) was honored by the Women’s Forum of New York at the fourth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions for achieving at least 25 percent female representation on their board. The company, which has a representation of 25 percent women on the board, was applauded as a corporate game changer who is making special efforts to advance women in the boardroom.
In addition, Latino Leaders magazine has recognized three Latino members of the KCS board of directors in its September/October 2017 edition. Latino Leaders magazine highlights KCS directors Lu M. Córdova, Antonio O. Garza, Jr. and David Garza-Santos among 100 Latino directors in its special 2017 Corporate and Board Edition.
KCS president and CEO Patrick J. Ottensmeyer.said:
“KCS embraces the tremendous value that comes from the diversity of our board and throughout the company, which is why we are so proud to be recognized by these two organizations.”
Janice Reals Ellig, CEO, The Ellig Group and Chair of the Women’s Forum of New York at the fourth biennial Breakfast of Corporate Champions event, said:
“We congratulate KCS and their work towards achieving a greater gender balance in their boardroom. KCS knows that more women on boards is smart business and their continued success is an inspiration to others.”
The event brought together an audience of over 600, including CEOs and board directors along with business leaders, government officials, thought leaders and influential media in special recognition of forward-thinking companies.
This year’s Breakfast of Corporate Champions kicked off with a call to action from tennis legend Billie Jean King, who founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative with Teneo four years ago, to foster more inclusive leadership including more representation of women and diversity in corporate America. The highest honor, the Muriel F. Siebert Leadership Award, will be presented to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors for under her leadership, the company became the first major industrial corporation to achieve gender parity on its board.
The awards presentation was followed by three executive panel discussions moderated by highly respected reporters in the media industry. Rebecca Jarvis of ABC News moderated the Gender Diversity Creates Shareholder Value panel, Susan Chira of The New York Times moderated the Getting to Parity by 2025 panel, and Andrew Ross Sorkin of CNBC moderated the CEO Panel: CEO Game Changers. Each panel discussed details about why and how top US companies can be game changers who make real progress in the path to parity. This year’s program concluded with a keynote by Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, encouraging attendees and associated companies to take action in the path to gender parity by 2025.