The Board Challenge + Global Gateway Advisors Win Award for Advancing Representation in Corporate Boardrooms

Global Gateway Advisors is honored to receive a 2022 Big Apple Award from The New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-NY), alongside our client The Board Challenge.

The award, for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in the Workplace: Government, Associations & Non-Profit Organizations, recognizes our campaign to accelerate increased representation for Black leaders in the corporate boardroom.

In the midst of a pandemic and historic social justice movement, Brad Gerstner (CEO, Altimeter Capital), Sukhinder Singh Cassidy (founder, theBoardlist) and Guy Primus (CEO, Valence Community) recognized public sentiment and created The Board Challenge, debuting a pledge for U.S. corporations to add one Black director to their boards within one year and amplify the call for other organizations to increase board diversity.

A group photo of The Board Challenge, with Times Square in the back ground.
The Board Challenge at Nasdaq.

Read our case study here.

By connecting Black candidates to new board opportunities and driving corporate accountability through a broad public awareness campaign, The Board Challenge supported the appointment of 21 Black directors to U.S. corporate boards within the first two years of the program. One-third of new independent directors on S&P 500 boards in 2021 identified as Black, up from 11% in the 2020 class and 8% in 2015, according to SpencerStuart’s Board Diversity Snapshot. More than 75 partners including Best Buy, Eventbrite, Lyft, Nasdaq, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Uber, United and Zillow signed on to support The Board Challenge.

This year, more than 100 PRSA entries were evaluated by diverse and inclusive teams of senior-level communications practitioners representing a wide range of disciplines and expertise. More than 70 judges reviewed and scored the entries using an online portal and then convened for roundtable deliberations to ultimately determine the winners.

We are thrilled to be recognized and help our clients drive such meaningful and impactful work!