Ever since California enacted legislation in 2018 requiring a certain number of female board directors for publicly-held corporations with principal executive offices in California, board diversity continues to be a significant topic.  Maryland, Massachusetts, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Washington, New Jersey, Michigan and Pennsylvania have introduced or passed legislation or resolutions related to board diversity.  Likewise, in November 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2019” (H.R. 5084) related to, among other things, board diversity.

Teri Wilford Wood, a member of the Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Practice Group, recently spoke on the topic of board diversity, providing additional insight on the issue.  Given the significant level of activity in this area, we anticipate board diversity will remain an important topic in 2020.

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Photo of Alyssa M. Toft Alyssa M. Toft

Alyssa M. Toft is a Principal in the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She defends employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal court, including cases involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, hostile work environment, defamation, and drug…

Alyssa M. Toft is a Principal in the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She defends employers in single and multi-plaintiff actions in state and federal court, including cases involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, whistleblowing, hostile work environment, defamation, and drug testing violations.

Ms. Toft also represents clients in non-competition, non-solicitation, and trade secrets lawsuits. She litigates cases at the appellate level and has served as an adjunct professor for an appellate legal writing course at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Toft regularly advises clients on a wide range of employment and compliance issues.

During law school, Ms. Toft served as an intern in the Minnesota Governor’s Office. Following law school, Ms. Toft clerked for Justice Christopher J. Dietzen at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Ms. Toft also served one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), a nonprofit in New York City, where she provided policy and strategic planning guidance.