The Women Advisors Forum opens Monday with food for this thought: That gender equality is the basis for intelligent investing.

There is “considerable evidence that gender diversity and the advancement of women is a key driver of business success—that companies that integrate gender diversity and women’s empowerment into their business models are likely to be more successful than their less enlightened competitors,’’ says Joseph Keefe, president and chief exeucitive officer of Pax World Management LLC. “Investing in companies that advance and empower women, in other words, is simply a smart investment strategy.’’

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