Nasdaq’s Winning Women series seeks to share the insights of successful business women from inside the boardroom and C-suite. In the first of our series on Winning Women, Caren Merrick, Nasdaq company director and entrepreneur, spoke with fellow veteran board member and expert on corporate diversity and inclusion Janet Hill. During the interview, Janet shared…
When I began writing a blog on leadership and growth in 2014, I wasn’t thinking of how one might join a corporate board. Yet as I’ve been out and about speaking, and publishing weekly blog posts, the #1 question I’ve been asked is “How do I join a corporate board?”
What amazed me most was that the people who were asking were already quite successful and leading in extraordinary companies. It was obvious to me that they would be a real asset on any board. I realized that there isn’t much information available for busy leaders on how they can advance to a board.
Over the years I’ve had dozens of informal conversations with friends and colleagues on how to be suggested and selected for board service.
Based on those conversations, my own board experiences, what I learned from professional board training, and my experiences as an advisor to Women in Technology’s Leadership Foundry (a selective training program for hundreds of women), I wrote several articles and also developed a handout with action steps to achieve the goal of serving on a board.
Eventually I began advising larger groups in live workshops and received such positive feedback, I decided to offer a video workshop online.
Now, when someone asks, “How do I join a corporate board?”, I point them to these resources. Occasionally, I will lead a workshop called Accelerate Your Path to Board Service for companies and business groups. If you would like more info, please contact me.
Below are some of my articles on how to become board worthy and board ready.