Cynthia King Vance brings board expertise to the Clayman Institute

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Cynthia King Vance brings board expertise to the Clayman Institute

by admin on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 2:25am

Cynthia King VanceAccording to recent surveys by the Stanford Business School Alumni Association, about 46 percent of male GSB graduates have served on for-profit boards compared to just 14 percent of women.  This number is consistent with national figures; women hold about 14.8 percent of board seats in Fortune 500 companies. Stanford’s Clayman Institute has a long history of tapping into the expertise of smart women as advisors.  

Our new member of the Advisory Council, Cynthia King Vance, brings a wealth of board leadership to the Institute. She currently serves on several non profit boards including New York Public Radio (WNYC and WQXR), Montefiore Medical Center, SCO Family of Services, ICD and Citizen’s Budget Commission. Vance brings extensive corporate and non-profit experience to the Institute. She was a consultant in with McKinsey and, in London, launched  TV channels UK Gold and UK Living as CFO and Commercial Director and also served as a founding non-executive director of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (part of the National Health Service).

Vance is optimistic about bridging the Institute to other organizations. “I hope to connect the Institute’s work with other organizations with which I am affiliated to help spread the word, increase the scale or provide synergies,” said Vance. “My experience in media and currently with public radio may help with broadcast and digital strategies.” Vance has been involved in several initiatives to increase the engagement and voice of women.  She was a founding member of Princeton’s Women in Leadership alumni committee, launched a multi class reunion survey exploring career paths (including gender differences), and served as chair of Harvard Business School’s Women’s Association of New York.  She also co founded NeXXt Phase, a network focused on  informing and supporting women as they redefine and relaunch themselves many times over the course of their career and changing family circumstances.

When asked why she decided to join the council, Vance said ”I have been surprised by the enduring impact of gender.” After learning more about the Institute, Vance “was enthusiastic to learn that Stanford was supporting research in this area to highlight issues and inform the conversation.” Looking to the future and the impact the Institute can have in the field, Vance reflects on the Institute’s opportunity to “play a pivotal role among the fragmented organizations in this field.” She believes the Institute can contribute toward gender equality in “thinking creatively about how to widen the audience and reach decision makers and influencers in the public policy and private sectors, as well as the public.” Vance is a graduate of Princeton University, with a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and of the Harvard Business School (MBA).

Welcome, Cynthia!