CHICAGO, Oct. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSII), the leadership advisory firm providing executive search and leadership consulting services worldwide, is proud to sponsor the launch of the San Diego chapter of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD). WCD is a global network of powerful and influential women linked to provide a forum for Chairs of Boards, committee chairs and senior directors to discuss issues that arise for companies around the world. The WCD San Diego Chapter will be launched by Lauren Doliva, Global Head, CHRO Practice, Heidrick & Struggles, Deanna Flores, Principal, KPMG, and Karin Eastham, Director, MorphoSys AG, Geron, Trius Therapeutics, Amylin Pharma, and WCD San Diego Co-chair. The chapter launch is sponsored by Paul Hastings LLP, represented by Leigh Ryan & Teri O'Brien, Partners. Heidrick & Struggles and KPMG are Global Founding Partners for WomenCorporateDirectors. "This launch is an important opportunity for San Diego area women leaders and directors who actively serve on public and private boards to network, collaborate as well as build meaningful connections with counterparts globally and locally, said Lauren Doliva, CHRO Practice, Heidrick & Struggles. "WCD provides a critical platform to discuss best practices and data that will help advance a woman's role on corporate boards everywhere. As a firm, Heidrick and Struggles is proud to share WCD's support and dedication in the boardroom." "Boosting women's numbers in the boardroom is a major topic of discussion globally, and having a WCD Chapter in San Diego will strengthen this dialogue,"said Deanna Flores, Principal, KPMG. "The opportunities created and knowledge gained for San Diego women directors through WCD's vast network will be invaluable." WCD San Diego members will join a global network of over 1,600 women directors of over 1,850 public and large privately held companies on six continents. Members share information and insights to ensure best practices in corporate governance around the world.