Exabeam Announces Support of FirstBoard.io to Increase Women Leaders on Technology Boards

Exabeam CMO Sherry Lowe is among the founding members working to establish greater diversity and inclusion in C-suites and boardrooms

FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ExabeamExabeam, the security analytics and automation company, today announced its support of FirstBoard.io, a curated network of highly qualified and diverse technology leaders seeking corporate director roles.

“Having industry-leading companies like Exabeam support the goal of increasing diversity in the boardroom is critical to really pulling our mission forward,” said Rita Scroggin, founder of FirstBoard.io. “We are grateful to have an exceptional veteran executive like Exabeam CMO Sherry Lowe as a founding member. Sherry is committed to FirstBoard.io’s mission to find opportunities for women leaders ready to offer their extraordinary skills and experiences to tech industry boards.”

In partnership with several leading companies, FirstBoard.io focuses on removing persistent obstacles that have prevented women from being chosen for executive boards and the C-suite, and by doing so, fosters greater success for companies across the tech industry.

The numbers speak for themselves. Higher corporate financial performance has continually been attributed to greater diversity in both management and board-level seats. Credit Suisse Research Institute found that shares of companies with more than 20% female management outperformed organizations with less than 15% female management by 5%. In addition, a study published in the Harvard Business Review noted that after companies appointed women to the C-suite, openness to change increased by 10%.

Yet, until a mandatory diversity requirement is enforced, the default choice to fill the boardroom or the C-suite remains white men. Beyond exclusion, contributing to the challenges for women leaders to be chosen for board seats is, in general, a lack of visibility of the women who are ready for the roles.

“As women, we are responsible for helping other women rise through the corporate ranks,” said Lowe. “Exabeam has established programs explicitly for recognizing women leaders, and that is why our sponsorship of FirstBoard.io is a great fit. I believe in this mission, and we are committed to elevating women leaders and highlighting the value they can bring to the boardroom and the C-suite.”

While the tech industry has made some strides to improve diversity and inclusion practices, there is far more work to be done. Chief marketing officer (CMO) positions across industries are largely held by women, for instance. In fact, 14 women round out the top 25 of Forbes’ Most Influential CMOs list, yet CMOs are often missing from technology company boards.

Lowe continued, “The benefit of having female board members is obvious in that they bring different perspectives and skill sets required for real success. If you only hire one type of person, you will only get one type of view of the world. People of all backgrounds and perspectives are needed, along with representation of all functional areas across the business. Board meetings are more effective when the people in the room also understand what it takes to run an effective global marketing program, which is directly interconnected with how to strengthen the company’s external brand and culture for both moral and long-term recruitment purposes.”

Exabeam fosters a corporate culture that champions women, men, and diversity for all. This sponsorship is the latest addition to the Exabeam Cares program, dedicated to improving local and global communities through investing in give-back programs, primarily focused around education and diversity. The overarching program also partners with the ExaGals program, which focuses on supporting and empowering the women of Exabeam, as well as women in the technology community at large, with career development, education and personal growth opportunities.

About FirstBoard.io

FirstBoard.io is a curated collective of diverse technology leaders who have been in key operating roles at startups and private and public technology companies. FirstBoard.io is an invite-only community of highly qualified women who have been selected based on criteria including technical depth, operational leadership and go to market experience, amongst other criteria. FirstBoard.io does not charge its members a fee. For more information on members of the FirstBoard.io mission, please visit https://www.firstboard.io.

About Exabeam

Exabeam is a global cybersecurity leader that adds intelligence to every IT and security stack. We are reinventing the way security teams use analytics and automation to solve threat detection, investigation, and response (TDIR), from common security threats to the most critical that are difficult to identify. The Exabeam Security Operations Platform is a comprehensive cloud-delivered solution that leverages machine learning and automation using a prescriptive, outcomes-based approach to TDIR. It is designed and built to help security teams detect external threats, compromised users and malicious adversaries, minimize false positives, and make security success the norm. For more information, visit www.exabeam.com.

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Fenway Health, Harvard, MGH, & Brigham and Women’s Researchers Find Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes

BOSTON, July 22, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — A research letter published in JAMA Dermatology finds that gender-affirming hair removal for transgender and gender diverse people is associated with improved mental health outcomes. It uses data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey and is the latest in a series of secondary analyses of the groundbreaking survey showing that transgender and gender diverse people who receive gender-affirming health care have improved mental health outcomes.

“Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes” reports that gender-affirming hair removal was associated with lower odds of past-month severe psychological distress, past-year suicidal ideation, and past-year smoking. The research reinforces findings from the only other empirical investigation on the topic published in 2019 in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment.

“To date, there has been limited evidence of the mental health benefits of gender-affirming hair removal procedures, which are desired by nearly 90 percent of transgender and gender diverse people in this sample,” said study senior author Dr. Alex S. Keuroghlian, who directs the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Gender Identity Program. “This is likely one of the reasons why less than five percent of health insurance plans cover procedures such as electrolysis or laser hair removal. We hope that our research study will convince health insurers of the need to cover these gender-affirming treatment recommendations by clinicians.”

Of the 11,857 survey respondents assigned male sex at birth, 4,927 had undergone hair removal whereas 5,652 desired hair removal but had not received it. After adjusting for sampling biases related to age, race, and ethnicity, gender-affirming hair removal was associated with a 38 percent reduction in past-month severe psychological distress, 28 percent reduction in past-year suicidal ideation, and 24 percent reduction in past-year tobacco smoking.

“Our findings add to the growing body of research suggesting the mental health benefits of gender-affirming health care treatment for transgender and gender diverse people,” said research study lead author Michelle Lee. “Gender-affirming hair removal is particularly important given that hormones alone are often insufficient in removing undesired hair and because hair removal is sometimes required in preparation for gender-affirming surgeries.”

The letter was authored by researchers at The Fenway Institute, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. It was based on data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality which surveyed over 27,000 transgender people in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, U.S. territories abroad, and U.S. military bases on a multitude of questions about their lives.

“Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes” is the latest in a series of papers using data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey to evaluate factors affecting the mental health outcomes of transgender and gender diverse people. Prior papers include “Factors Leading to ‘Detransition’ Among Transgender and Gender Diverse People in the United States: A Mixed-Methods Analysis,” published in 2021 in LGBT Health, “Association Between Gender-Affirming Surgeries and Mental Health Outcomes,” published in 2021 in JAMA Surgery, “Pubertal Suppression for Transgender Youth and Risk of Suicidal Ideation,” published in 2020 in Pediatrics, and “Association Between Recalled Exposure to Gender Identity Conversion Efforts and Suicide Attempts,” published in 2019 in JAMA Psychiatry.

“Association Between Gender-Affirming Hair Removal and Mental Health Outcomes” is available online here: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/article-abstract/2782063

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Diligent’s Modern Leadership Initiative Adds New LGBTQ+ Leadership Partners to Expand Visibility into Diverse, Board-Ready Talent

Collaboration aims to fill director seats with openly LGBTQ+ executives, who currently represent less than one percent of leaders in the Fortune 500

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Diligent Corporation, the global leader in SaaS governance, risk and compliance, announced the addition of three new LGBTQ+ partners – Gaingels, Harvard Business School (HBS) LGBT Alumni Association and Out Leadership – to its growing Modern Leadership initiative which was created to further increase diverse representation at the executive and board levels for global businesses.

The initiative, launched in June of 2020, was developed to provide senior leaders with the resources, partnerships, and technology needed to build more diverse and inclusive boards and executive teams. Modern Leadership now has over 50 global partners, which are collectively contributing to Diligent Director Network — the largest and most diverse community of highly-qualified, board-ready directors and executives globally, accompanied by an expansive list of open board opportunities.

The new LGBTQ+ organizations joining the Modern Leadership initiative are:

  • Gaingels – Gaingels founders are connected to a global network of LGBT/Ally investors to have better access to capital, investors’ business acumen and contacts to recruit more diverse talent into its portfolio companies. Gaingels’ members include venture capitalists, exited entrepreneurs, and leading angel investors from twelve venture capital funds, nine angel groups and over a dozen Fortune 500 companies.
  • HBS LGBT Alumni Association – The HBS LGBT Alumni Association leverages its alumni community to influence the national LGBT agenda and conversation. HBS LGBT provides a forum for increased engagement to its current students, through programs such as its LGBT Fellowship and a soon-to-be-launched mentorship program.
  • Out Leadership – The global LGBTQ+ business network has been instrumental in making LGBTQ+ equality a priority in global C-Suites. The network now counts more than 70 of the world’s leading companies across 13 industries as members who are leading the conversations that inspire multinational companies to grow business through inclusion.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Diligent’s Modern Leadership initiative in its pursuit of a diverse and transparent marketplace,” said Todd Sears, Founder & CEO of Out Leadership. “This initiative is radically changing the way boards identify and recruit employees through a more diverse network of talent. They are the perfect partner in the fight to advance LGBTQ+ equality and elevate visibility in the workforce for our community.”

“A diverse and inclusive workforce starts at the top of the organization with its leadership and Board,” said Brian Stafford, CEO of Diligent. “With connections to more than 700,000 board members and leaders around the world, Diligent is committed to partnering with the LGBTQ+ community and allies to ensure boards and executive teams look more like the world we live in.”

Diligent is committed to enacting change at the board level by helping executives connect with more diverse candidates to fill leadership opportunities. To learn more about Diligent’s Modern Leadership initiative, please visit https://diligentmodernleadership.com.

About Diligent Corporation

Diligent is the largest governance, risk and compliance (GRC) SaaS provider, serving more than one million users from over 25,000 organizations around the globe. Our modern GRC platform ensures boards, executives and other leaders have a holistic, integrated view of audit, risk, information security, ethics and compliance across the organization.

Diligent brings technology, insights and confidence to leaders so they can build more effective, equitable and successful organizations. We empower 79% of the Fortune 500, 90% of the FTSE 100 and 83% of the ASX 200 to improve their bottom line, keep pace with stakeholder expectations and create lasting, positive impact on the world.

For more information visit www.diligent.com.


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