Steelcase, among others, honored by the Women's Forum of New York

The Women's Forum of New York accelerates the advancement of women on boards across all industries and strives to achieve gender balance on corporate boards by 2025.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich -- Steelcase, a global design and thought leader in the world of work, is recognized by the Women's Forum of New York and honored the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award. 

The company was greeted today at the Women's Forum of New York's signature event, the 2023 Breakfast of Corporate Champions, for the composition of its board, with over half of its seats held by women. The forum's signature event celebrated 233 total companies of the Fortune 1000 and S&P500 whose boards are comprised of at least 40% women. Steelcase was one of 78 specially recognized for having 50% or more women. Other specially recognized furniture-based companies included Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Willams-Sonoma. 

The Women's Forum of New York accelerates the advancement of women on boards across all industries and strives to achieve gender balance on corporate boards by 2025. To achieve this goal, the Women's Forum is driving change from the top by convening and honoring CEOs and board leadership and acknowledging their pivotal role in prioritizing gender parity as a business imperative. 

Steelcase was honored with the ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award by the Grand Rapids Chamber in September for supporting, developing and honoring women leaders. The award is given to local organizations for creating a culture that encourages women to achieve their full leadership potential and give back to the larger community of women and girls by supporting leadership initiatives.

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"We are honored to be recognized on a national and local level, along with so many other great organizations, for our work in fostering inclusion and creating a culture where women can thrive," said Lizbeth O'Shaughnessy, senior vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel and secretary of Steelcase. "As leaders in the world of work, we help create places that impact the experiences of millions of people every day. That's why we work to build a strong sense of community and belonging, where all people feel seen, heard and valued, for ourselves and our customers."

Steelcase promotes inclusion for all by building community and belonging with equitable access to opportunity in the workplace and the world. This happens through twelve business inclusion groups, its internship program, formal mentorships, its global employee assistance program, inclusive design practices, wellbeing programs and more.

Steelcase has also been recognized as a Best Employer for Women by Forbes, a Best Employer for New Grads by Forbes, one of America's 50 Most Community-Minded Companies by Points of Light, one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune, a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and one of the 2024 Best Companies to Work For by the US News and World Report.

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