Just over a week after Tina Tchen resigned as CEO of Time’s Up, the beleaguered gender equality group has now seen a large chunk of its board quit – voluntarily.
“Time’s Up is ready for new leadership, and we want to move forward with strength into its new iteration,” said outgoing board members Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, Jurnee Smollett, Christy Haubegger, Hilary Rosen, Michelle Kydd, Katie McGrath and interim board chair and super lawyer Nina Shaw in a statement posted online today.
“We have great confidence in the talent and dedication of our interim CEO Monifa Bandele as a leader,” they added. See the full statement from the outgoing Time’s Up board members below.
The outgoing board members all resign of their own choosing, we hear. However, we must not forget that this latest decision comes as Time’s Up tries to get back on its feet amid a series of scandals and missteps.
Board members Ashley Judd, Gabrielle Sulzberger, Colleen DeCourcy and Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will remain on the board for the foreseeable future to “help ensure a smooth transition”.
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The complete declaration:
“TIME’S UP was created to support the goal of safe, fair and dignified work for all women.
“It is crucial to us as a board that the organization remains at the service of this seismic global work to demand fairness and disrupt systems that promote discrimination, harassment and abuse. We see the current crisis within TIME’S UP as an important opportunity for growth and currency.
“TIME’S UP is ready for new leadership, and we want to move forward with strength into its new iteration. We have great confidence in the talent and dedication of our interim CEO Monifa Bandele as a leader. As announced, Monifa will oversee a comprehensive organizational assessment program, working with an external consultant, and input from our stakeholders: survivors and those working for survivor justice and gender equality. in the workplace and beyond.
“To mark the establishment of a new TIME’S UP, the organization will have a new reconstituted board of directors. To that end, existing board members will step down over the next 30 days, giving our CEO the opportunity to refocus leadership suited to his mission and needs. In doing so, we are committed to ensuring that TIME’S UP has sufficient financial resources to accomplish its important work. And we asked four existing board members: Colleen DeCourcy, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Ashley Judd and Gabrielle Sulzberger — to stay during this time to ensure a smooth transition.
“TIME’S UP belongs to all women. Its mission must continue – until we live in a world in which no woman will ever have to say #timesup again.”
Tchen resigned last month as President and CEO of Time’s Up.
“Now is the time for Time’s Up to evolve and move forward because there is so much more work for women to do,” Tchen, former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, said in a statement. on social networks. “It is clear that I am not the leader who can accomplish this right now.”
His resignation came after nearly two years at the head of the heavy Hollywood organization.
Her leave can be attributed to her involvement with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who resigned following a sexual harassment scandal in which former Time’s Up board chair Roberta Kaplan and Tchen, had mingled. Kaplan left Time’s Up on August 9, and Cuomo announced on August 10 that he would be stepping down.
Deadline reported that a number of Time’s Up executives believed Tchen should quit or at least step back during an independent investigation after the gender group was hit by a spate of systemic scandals. Yet the next day, following these virtual meetings with Time’s Up global management and the founding signatories, Tchen insisted that Deadline “it is not my intention to resign as chairman and CEO of Time’s Up “.