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New book reveals secrets for women seeking corporate board membership

“Pursuing a board position is not the same as looking for a job. Interviewing for a job requires you to demonstrate your leadership skills, while interviewing for a director’s position requires you to demonstrate how well you’d fit into the board’s culture.”

To uncover the secrets behind the deliberations of nominating committees and determine how successful female directors have been able to thrive in the boardroom, Calderon and Stautberg set out on a global fact-finding mission. They interviewed dozens of chairmen, CEOs, search executives, succession experts and other directors willing to share their lessons learned.

“We’re opening the & lsquo;black box’ of the director selection process and also revealing what it takes to be a high-performance director today – a job that is tougher than ever before,” says Stautberg, CEO and co-founder of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD), the largest global membership organization of women board members.

“There are many unspoken rules about how a board really gets things done,” says Calderon, a global lead partner at KPMG LLP and board member of KPMG’s Global Delivery Center Ltd in India. “But we are also seeing women helping to drive change in the boardroom and adding extraordinary value with their candid and open discussion about the strategic direction of their companies.”

Available in both electronic and print format, Women on Board tackles today’s most pressing questions for women pursuing board seats and how to be effective in the role of director. Topics include:

•             Do’s and don’ts for the board nominating committee interview

•             How to become the best candidate among a slate of powerful contenders

•             Building a “board-able” r&eacutesum&eacute – and taking the right jobs to position oneself in the best way

•             “Rules” for getting things done on a board – inside and outside meetings

•             Special tips for serving on the board of a family business

•             Developing one’s CQ – “cultural quotient” – as an essential skill for board service around the world and

•             How advisory boards can bridge key skills gaps on a board.

Sandi Peterson, group worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson and a director of Dun & Bradstreet, advises that top-tier global companies heed Calderon and Stautberg’s advice: “Women on Board provides a roadmap for high-performing women leaders to join high-performing boards. It is a must-read for every sitting board director, man or woman, and for everyone who aspires to a corporate board seat.”


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