2020 Women on Boards Initiative with Kathleen Duffy and Sharon Lechter
On one day in cities across the United States and throughout the world, thousands of C-Suite and senior level executives will discuss and explore the benefits that gender diversity brings to corporate boardrooms.
The goal: to raise awareness and continue the momentum of today’s national and global brands committing to 20 percent or more of their board seats held by women.
Last year 2020 Women on Boards Initiative celebrated achievement of the 20% goal. The national organization continues its efforts to communicate with organizations and raise awareness about the importance of Gender Diversity on Boards.
Duffy Group CEO Kathleen Duffy and renowned author, keynote speaker, and business strategist Sharon Lechter had an engaging conversation with Karen Nowicki, owner of Phoenix Business RadioX, about the 2020 Women on Boards initiative and the need for board diversity. The campaign is dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards by 2020. Kathleen and Sharon serve as Co-Chair and Chairman respectively for the Phoenix initiative.
Duffy Group, Inc. is a premier executive recruitment firm known for delivering the highest quality services to their clients while ensuring value for their recruiting dollars. Acting as a virtual extension of your Human Resources team, they can assist you in identifying and hiring the right talent in order to achieve your business objectives. An extensive global network allows Duffy Group to source and recruit candidates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe and Asia.
Becoming one of most respected recruiting firms in the country did not just happen. It was Kathleen Duffy Ybarra’s single-minded dedication to helping individuals find joy in their work that became her life mission. She, in fact, embodies her fundamental value: that people deserve to be enriched by the activity they focus at least 500,000 hours of their lives on. As President of Duffy Group, Inc., Kathleen’s mission is to exemplify “Recruitment Redefined” for each client’s particular needs and continue to build their reputation as the best in the business.
Her commitment to serving candidates and clients alike motivated Kathleen to develop the Recruitment Research model, which enables Duffy Group, Inc. to harness marketplace intelligence, work as a discrete (and transparent) partner and deliver quality candidates with up to 50 percent savings over traditional recruitment fees.
Kathleen has served as the National District Coordinator for National Charity League and President of the NCL Moon Valley chapter, supporting many Phoenix area non-profit organizations, including: Make-A-Wish Arizona; Back to School Clothing Drive; Desert Mission Food Bank; St. Vincent de Paul; and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Kathleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Arizona State University. An avid Sun Devil, she served as Chair of the ASU Alumni Association National Board of Directors and Council, member of the ASU Board of Trustees serving on the Arizona Leadership Counsel and the ASU President’s Club, and founding member of the ASU Greek Alumni Advisory Board. In addition, Kathleen is also a member of the Chapter Advisory Board for Kappa Delta Sorority.
As an entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist, international speaker, mentor, licensed CPA and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, Sharon Lechter is the premier expert for financial literacy and seeker of success. She is the co-author of the international bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad, and has written 14 other books in the Rich Dad series and built the empire into the world’s leading personal finance brand. Starting in 2008, she began working with the Napoleon Hill Foundation to help re-energize the brand and has released three bestselling books in cooperation with the Foundation, including Think and Grow Rich-Three Feet from Gold, Outwitting the Devil, and Think and Grow Rich for Women. Sharon has also released Save Wisely, Spend Happily, in cooperation with the American Institute of CPAs.
Sharon is a highly sought-after mentor and has worked with major brands like Disney and Time Warner and served on the first President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy. As CEO of Pay Your Family First, she has dedicated entrepreneurial efforts to the creation and distribution of financial education books, games, curriculums, and other experiential learning projects. Everything about Sharon’s career centers around impacting others to improve their financial IQ, access untapped potential personally and in business, and be the best.