…d news is that the bill has no stipulations about how it is implemented which means we have choice. Let’s use this as an opportunity to ensure that the slates of candidates presented for any board role (or any role for that matter) represent intersectional diversity. There is no reason that the women that are placed on boards as a result of this legislation can’t b…
We can also look forward to the “discovery” of qualified women who have not yet had the opportunity to serve on a board. Within theBoardlist community, women who have board experience have served on an average of three b…
…e workplace. However, that does not mean that we should stop encouraging boards to #BeABetterBoard. One of the best ways to fight sexual harassment in the workplace is to ensure equal and diverse representation in the boardroom. When half of the workforce is made up of women, then our boards should reflect that, too. Here at theBoardlist, we are committed to making that a reality.
Taarini’s success is a reminder that strong and qualified women do not come out of nowhere. They come from strong communities that believe they have intrinsic value and are willing to invest in them. Looking for ways to raise the next generation of leaders and board members?
…round them, “where are the women?” when it comes to board elections and C-suite level appointments. Additionally, we should also ask ourselves the more fundamental question, “what can we do to raise the next generation of women qualified for these positions?”
In any event, I would come back to the most startling observation I’ve had on boards over the last 10 years that I’ve served, is that you can put together the most brilliant group of people, but unless they are led effectively, you will not have an effective boardroom. When we talk about the things I showed you on the previous slide, how do those get solved if you’re an operator? Somebody leads.
Learn how to sell a vision. The idea of learning how to sell can be uncomfortable for some. But building a company requires you to be able to sell a vision effectively — to prospective employees, customers , angel investors and partners. Great selling is based on substance — a depth of knowledge around your subject matter can help you feel confident and demonstrate your passion for your idea, and also how it will scale. You are also selling yourself as a leader, so take the time to write down your key strengths, areas you will need to augment with other talent , and learn to speak about yourself confidently but also with substance.