Better World Leadership: New Study by Business Author Alice Korngold Shows the Value of Nonprofit Board Service in Advancing Diversity and Inclusion, Innovation, and the U.N. SDGs.

Study conducted with the World Environment Center and leading companies.
Nov 2, 2017 1:00 PM ET

Alice Korngold, President and CEO of Korngold Consulting, and author of two highly acclaimed books on board governance, service, and global problem-solving, releases a new study evaluating the leadership development value of nonprofit board service. The study also shows how companies can enhance nonprofit board-matching services for their employees.

"Experts have long said that you can't "train" for diversity and inclusion. The truth is that people have to experience the value of diversity. This study shows that nonprofit board service provides unique opportunities for business people to appreciate what can be accomplished when you work together with people from diverse perspectives towards a mission that is meaningful,” said Alice Korngold, who is heading up this initiative with the World Environment Center. Companies supporting and participating include American Express, Datamaran, HP Inc., Johnson Controls, PIMCO, Symantec, and The Dow Chemical Company.

Business and civic leaders are calling for new ways to develop talented executives who are equipped to solve the greatest challenges facing our communities and the world. Investors and the public call for companies to grow shareholder value by advancing diversity and inclusion; developing human capital for innovation; and fostering economic development and achieving the U.N. SDGs. This new study reveals how companies can drive success towards these essential goals by helping to involve their employees on nonprofit boards.

The study is available at 

Alice Korngold, President & CEO, Korngold Consulting, LLC, provides strategy advisory services to international companies and global, national, and regional nonprofits. Her areas of expertise are board governance, sustainability and corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and measurement and ratings. In addition to authoring books, book chapters, and articles, Korngold has conducted outcome measurement studies related to leadership development and CSR for three decades. She has founded and built highly successful social enterprises, and trained and placed several hundred business executives and professionals on nonprofit boards. She is a Visiting Professor at York University. More information is available at

The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and operations in emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics with a specific focus on the preparation of business leaders to implement sustainability; and honors industry excellence through its annual Gold Medal Award. An independent non-profit organization, WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please visit

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