Sanderson Farms will be recognized by the Women’s Forum of New York at its Breakfast of Corporate Champions on November 7, for achieving at least 30 percent female board representation. This benchmark biennial event brings together more than 600 thought leaders and change-makers, including CEOs, Board Directors and government officials, in support of one shared goal – achieving 50/50 gender parity in the boardroom by 2025. 

With a corporate board comprised of 35 percent women, Sanderson Farms exceeds the national average for female-held board seats, which is currently 23.4 percent.

“Our female leadership has played a crucial role in our accomplishments as a company, and we couldn’t be more proud of their contributions,” said Joe F. Sanderson, President and CEO of Sanderson Farms. “We are grateful to the Women’s Forum of New York for honoring our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.”  


“On behalf of the Women’s Forum of New York and our more than 500 members who have achieved at the highest levels in every professional sector, we salute Sanderson Farms for actively enhancing its boardroom diversity and increasing its percentage of woman-occupied board seats to 35 percent,” said Janice Ellig, CEO of the Ellig Group and Chair and Founder of the Breakfast of Corporate Champions. “Sanderson Farms is part of a growing number of forward-thinking companies which are raising the bar and accelerating the U.S. towards the goal of gender parity by 2025.”

Sanderson Farms will join 323 S&P 500/Fortune 1000 companies in being honored at the 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions on November 7 in New York City. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA, and Maggie Wilderotter, former Executive Chair and CEO of Frontier Communications, are Co-Chairs for this year’s event. They will be joined by an impressive line-up of leading CEOs and Directors who will speak on why gender balance in the boardroom is a strategic business imperative and how to accelerate the path toward parity, including:

  • Michele Buck, President & CEO, The Hershey Company
  • Michael Corbat, CEO, Citigroup
  • Mary N. Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty, Inc.
  • Hubert Joly, Chairman & CEO, Best Buy Co. Inc.
  • Margaret Keane, President & CEO, Synchrony Financial
  • Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
  • Patricia F. Russo, Non-Executive Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
  • Meg Whitman, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard 

The 2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions takes place on November 7 at Cipriani 42nd Street, in New York City, from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. To learn more about the event, review sponsorship opportunities or purchase tickets to attend, visit: