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Katayun Jaffari, left, and Kyle Uhlman, right, of Ballard Spahr. Katayun Jaffari, left, and Kyle Uhlman, right, of Ballard Spahr.

There has been much discussion and focus in recent years on the lack of diversity inside corporate boardrooms. Public companies in particular have been seeing a wave of pressures to increase the diversity of directors sitting around the boardroom table. Champions of diversity have echoed that the ongoing lack of boardroom diversity is not only problematic in an increasingly diverse society, but that boards risk missing the opportunities for concrete improved business results and enhanced overall board effectiveness if they lack diversity. This article considers the current landscape and rising pressures for corporate boardroom diversity. The article also highlights some of the challenges faced by companies trying to diversify and offers some tools that companies may find effective as they endeavor and respond to the pressures and challenges.

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