Diversity Woman Magazine

WIN 2018

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m W i n t e r 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 11 Y ou may know Camila Alves as the fashion model wife of actor Matthew McConaughey. She's fine with that—as long as people also recognize her multiple business ventures. When Alves came to Los Angeles from Brazil at 15 to visit her aunt, she fell in love with the country and decided to stay. After four years of cleaning homes and waiting tables, she moved to New York City to pursue a career as a fashion model. But Alves, now 36, was just getting started. An entrepreneur by nature, she first teamed with her moth- er, an artist and designer, on a line of handbags. In 2010, she parlayed that into a role as the host of the Bravo series Shear Genius, a reality TV show about hairstyling. Next, Alves launched a lifestyle website and blog, Womenoftoday.com. Full of lush photography, it covers food, crafts and decor, beauty and fashion, and fitness and health. e website features practical tips for busy working women (Alves is the mother of three children between the ages of five and ten) and sells affordable products. But she still wasn't finished. In 2016, Alves teamed with Agatha Achindu to bring to market Yummy Spoonfuls, a line of frozen, organic baby and toddler food created by Achindu and sold at Target. Alves says the theme running through her products is her mission to make life easier and enjoyable for busy women. "I love anything to do with cooking, decorating, kid activities, beauty, and fashion, [and] if I can teach something that I have learned and make anyone's life easier, as it did for me, then that makes me happy!" she told People magazine. Camila Alves: The Serial Entrepreneur Etc. The Missing Pieces Report S ince 2004, the Alli A nce for Board Diversity (ABD) has been working to diversify corporate boards. Diverse boards enhance shareholder value, according to the ABD reports. In 2017, in collaboration with De- loitte, ABD released the Missing Pieces Report, a census of 492 Fortune 500 corporate boards, encompassing 5,440 board seats, spanning 2012–2016. Here are some of the major findings. • Fortune 100 companies have a greater percentage of women and mi- norities holding board seats than Fortune 500 companies, 35.9 percent to 30.8 percent. • The percentage of Caucasian women holding Fortune 500 board seats in 2016 increased by 21.2 per- cent since 2012, and the number of seats held by Caucasian men decreased by 6.4 percent. • Representation of African American women on boards is in- creasing at a faster rate than that for African American males. The percent- age of African American women on the boards of Fortune 500 companies has increased by 18.4 percent since 2012, while African American men show an increase of 1 percent. • Overall, women holding board seats have seen an increase of 20.5 percent since 2012, while men experienced a 5.1 percent loss of board seats and Caucasian men experienced a 6.4 percent loss during the same period. Slowly, but surely, corporate boards are diversifying Stars Who Mean Business Upfront >

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