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Diverse boards lead to success

The representation of Black women in our boardrooms is insufficient. It is a highly visible problem, but it is not talked about – at least not enough. Yetunde Hofmann, board-level executive leadership coach and mentor, asks why and shows how to resolve the issues

Mental health awarenessThe number one issue faced by the Black woman leader in the boardroom is often the fact that she is the only one – and the darker her skin, the more evidently alone she is. This is the elephant in the boardroom.

There has been progress regarding the appointment and integration of women: more than 33% of board positions in the FTSE 100 are now occupied by women. However, less than 3% would be described as Black. And the fact that only 1.5% of senior positions held in UK businesses today are held by Black people makes their position starker still.