The InterOrganization Network (ION)

Executive Alliance is a member of ION, the InterOrganization Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. Representing approximately 10,000 women, ION helps build awareness, opportunities and connections by creating a national voice for its 14 regional member organizations. In order to qualify for ION membership, Executive Alliance has demonstrated its commitment to advancing women in leadership positions on corporate boards through various initiatives focused on corporate governance, mentoring and philanthropy, including conducting and publishing Executive Alliance's Census of Women Board Directors in Maryland.

Celebrating its 12th year, ION is a national consortium and stakeholder organization whose mission is to increase the number of women appointed to corporate boards and the executive suite. With 15 current members representing more than 50 percent of the 28 million women in management and professional roles across the nation, ION is the only confederation of regional organizations in the U.S. engaged in this work. Through shared research, its annual Status Report, best practices, thought-leadership and board search referrals, ION provides a national platform and voice for collaboration, education, advocacy and outreach for the advancement of women across corporate America.

ION publishes an annual census of women on boards and in the executive suites of public companies in its members’ geographical regions while working to advance women in the nation’s largest companies. Each ION member organization publishes an annual study on the status of women directors and executive officers of public companies in their respective regions. Collectively, ION publishes an annual census summarizing the regional findings, and, thereby, reflects the national status of the progress made by women in corporate leadership positions and board seats across the regions.

ION Publications:

Follow the Leaders: It CAN Happen Here, ION’s 9th Annual Status Report on women executive officers and directors of public companies (Released in December 2012)

ION’s 8th Annual Status Report: Gender Imbalance in the Boardroom: Opportunities to Change Course

ION’s 7th Annual Status Report: How Change Happens

ION’s 2010 Status Report Guys Who Get It: Business Leaders that Understand the Value of Diversity at the Top, includes the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Donald Fry

The Women in Technology press release about Few Women on Corporate Boards in Washington, D.C. and Virginia

ION’s Newsletters

ION Members:

ION’s member organizations offer a wide range of programs and services to support women on their leadership journeys, just a few of which we’ve highlighted below. For more information on programs in your area or membership options, check out the organizations websites and social media links.


The mission of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is to create an environment and the resources conducive to our members’ business success. CWCC is the premier organization that provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances. CWCC offers training and support for women interested in board service through the Women’s Leadership Foundation.

Board and Leadership Development:



OnBoard Inc., formerly the Board of Directors Network (BDN), was founded in 1993. Today, the group has grown into a prestigious organization as the leading authority on women in the boardrooms of Georgia public companies and a catalyst to increase the number of female directors on public and private for-profit company boards.  OnBoard is the publisher of the annual study of women’s progress on Georgia public boards and C-suite positions, the first such study of its kind. OnBoard:

• advocates for the advancement of women in corporate boardrooms and executive suites;

• inspires women to sharpen board and leadership skills while highlighting exceptional women with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award and Executive Leadership Honor Roll;

• connects qualified women with board opportunities in addition to helping members strengthen their professional networks.

OnBoard is a founding member of ION.


Executive Alliance’s mission is to accelerate the success and leadership of accomplished women by expanding their impact and influence through advocacy, education and mentorship.

Executive Alliance Advocates:  through its census studies, Women of Excellence luncheon, alliances with search firms, partnerships with private and public entities, collaboration with executives involved in the board selection process, and its affiliation with ION.

Executive Alliance Educates:   through programs, workshops and events supporting leadership development and addressing the opportunities, challenges and issues women face in the board selection process.

Executive Alliance  Mentors:  through its Impact Mentoring program for emerging leaders and networking opportunities for its members.


The Boston Club’s mission is to impel the advancement of women to top leadership positions across all sectors of the economic landscape, driven by the core belief is that more women in significant & visible leadership roles will mean better business performance & strengthened economic health in our communities. The Boston Club’s initiatives serve a diverse membership of over 600 members. Its signature programs which include:

• Distinguished Leaders Series – a series of discussions with influential & innovative community leaders

• Corporate Board Committee – advocates for more women on boards and serves as a source of exceptional board education & outreach into the business community

• Corporate & Community Salutes – highlight the work of the Club’s committees, feature a nationally recognized speaker, and recognize companies and organizations who are leading the way. 


Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of a few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies.  


Central Exchange provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential. With more than 500 programs a year, CX offers a wide variety of leadership development and networking opportunities, including the Leading Edge V2 and Emerging Leaders programs, as well as the win|win campaign, which works to boost gender diversity on boards.

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FWA’s mission is to accelerate the Leadership and Success of women in finance by advancing careers, fostering alliances, and preparing the current and next generation of professionals. The FWA’s diverse activities focus on furthering knowledge through outstanding programs, expanding horizons through briefings with industry and government leaders, and contributing to our community through scholarships and mentoring, internships and community services. Notable annual events include a Distinguished Speakers Series, a Women of the Year Award dinner, and an International Conference. The FWA’s Directorship & Corporate Governance Committee educates and advocates for women’s advancement into the boardroom.


WELD’s mission is to develop and advance women’s leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. The organization provides women with specific tools and skills to enhance their individual economic status and helps mobilize women to become more active participants in the leadership of area businesses, civic organizations and government. WELD provides programs, events, and a community to support leadership development and business growth.


As the region’s premier women’s organization, the Forum of Executive Women actively works to promote its mission: to leverage the power of executive women in the Greater Philadelphia region to expand the impact and influence of women leaders.


Milwaukee Women Inc. works to increase the number of women corporate directors and executive officers. The group carries out annual research and produces a biennial report on the gender diversity of the boards and c-suites of Wisconsin’s 50 largest companies. With the goal of increasing the number of women directors on Wisconsin boards to 25%, MWi promotes awareness on the benefits of gender diversity and offers educational programs to increase the number of qualified women board candidates.





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