37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL Oct 30-Nov 3, 2024

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 30-November 3, 2024


In the summer of 2020, Merline Saintil, a former tech COO, and Robin Washington, a former CFO, were some of the few Black women on corporate boards. Frustrated by the lack of diversity, the two embarked on a journey to create an organization that would expand the opportunity and exposure of Black women who can impact boards of directors across America. Thus began the Black Women on Boards organization. Today, it boasts more than 200 members.

Director Deborah Riley Draper traces the origins of the path to diversity in corporate America’s most powerful positions, from Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black woman to sit on a board in 1971, to various compelling stories of modern Black women now a part of BWOB. This inspiring documentary displays the power of a grassroots campaign to change the rigid landscape of Corporate America and provide opportunities for future generations of young women of color.

Discussion with executive producer Shannon Nash, Dean Nicole Thorne Jenkins (UVA) and Irma Shrivastava (R2 Strategic Solutions). Moderated by Amanda P. Cowen (UVA). 

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