Board Member Search Firm Seeks More Board Stakeholder Representation
06 Feb

Board Member Search Firm Seeks More Board Stakeholder Representation

I met with a senior executive woman recently and she concurred that the representation of women board members is about equal to the representation of women in senior management roles in companies.
By focusing on representing STAKEHOLDERS, women have a much…

Women Board Members Increase in 2015? A Board Search Firm Responds
21 Jan

Women Board Members Increase in 2015? A Board Search Firm Responds

As a board search firm who works with privately held companies to recruit board members, we are constantly discussing the topic of adding women to the board of directors. According to a recent Washington Post article, women hold 19% of…

Below the Surface – Board of Directors Search Firm
10 Dec

Below the Surface – Board of Directors Search Firm

On Monday, December 8th, it was announced that Trudy Rautio the CEO of Carlson Companies was appointed to the Board of Directors of Cargill Corporation. It could be construed that this was a diversity addition to the Cargill board as…

The Board of Directors Poker Game
24 Nov

The Board of Directors Poker Game

A board of directors is similar to a poker game. They both meet on a regular basis, there is a variety of individuals involved, they are primarily men, the number of members need to be present to make it meaningful and…

Companies With Three or More Female Directors Achieve Better Financial Results
13 Nov

Companies With Three or More Female Directors Achieve Better Financial Results

Here is proof that diversity pays dividends! There have been numerous studies and reports on the advantages of having women on your board of directors. In the Wall Street Journal article Female CEO’s Make Room for Female Directors spells it out and…

Brutally Honest Conversation about Board Diversity with Board Members
31 Oct

Brutally Honest Conversation about Board Diversity with Board Members

This week I had two interesting conversations that with current board members about:

Board Diversity
Value of a highly functional board of directors

The board diversity conversation happened ironically after a board meeting that I attended. One of the company executives that was in…

Using a Recruiter to Build a Better Board of Directors
24 Oct

Using a Recruiter to Build a Better Board of Directors

In a recent interview with Enterprise Minnesota Magazine the question was is it always better to recruit a board member blindly or by using a board of directors executive search firm. My response was I’m not sure there is a perfect…

Building a Board of Directors
15 Oct

Building a Board of Directors

Over 20 years ago I formed my first company. It was an imposing task as I had never formed a corporation or built a board of directors. I hired a lawyer and spent a significant amount of time and money “doing it…

Board Diversity is a Success in the Boardroom
14 Oct

Board Diversity is a Success in the Boardroom

Board diversity is always a hot topic, especially when a board seat becomes available on a company board. The truth is that diversity is evolving.  Diversity goes far beyond gender and race but unfortunately that is what is easiest to measure…

Recruiting Women for the Board of Directors
30 Sep

Recruiting Women for the Board of Directors

More companies are looking for talented people to add as a board member to shape their company. The same companies are favoring board member candidates with experience as CEO’s or chief financial officers. In a recent Wall Street Journal article…