Who's on the board?
The diversity of the workforce should be reflected at the most senior level. It’s true that almost all businesses need an ultimate decision maker, but the reason most companies are run by boards is that people able to look at problems from different angles tend to come to better decisions than any individual could.
For that reason, most companies tend to fill their board positions with execs and non-execs who cover off multiple areas of a company’s activities. That’s why finance, law and marketing are regularly represented on boards. While these functions are undoubtedly vital to any business, the people charged with ensuring what is generally a company’s most important asset – its people – are rarely considered to be very important themselves.