March 5: 4th Annual Women on Corporate Boards

Sitting pretty on a public company board:
should she care what the shareholders really think?

Women on Corporate BoardsPlease join us for a substantive discussion of an illustrative case study at roundtables followed by a moderated panel discussion with Robin Abrams, Larraine Segil, Beth Bronner, Katherine Blair and keynote speaker, Moira Conlon.

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Post-Event Bottom Line and Executive Broads Private Dinner
Panel will discuss at the dinner:

  • Pathways for getting your very first private company board of directors seat.
  • If you already have private company experience, how do you move up to a public company board?
  • Does it pay to sit on a corporate board, in terms of current income and future economic opportunities?

Nonprofit Board Service: Is it time for you to lead?

Yvonne BellBy Yvonne Bell
Director of Development, Center Theatre Group – L.A.’s Theatre Company and Broads Circle Premium Member

I was really impressed with the recent Broads Circle event, Women on Corporate Boards – key questions were discussed, including “How do I get on a corporate board?” to “What can it do for my career?”  It reminded me of the importance of women serving on nonprofit boards and the important role this experience can play, both professionally and personally.

It is for this very reason that I was honored to be asked to put together a session on what it means to serve on a nonprofit board.  However, I didn’t just want to do a panel; I wanted people to walk away with new contacts and solid opportunities on how to take that next step and become involved with a nonprofit that inspires them.  Even though I thankfully missed the whole “speed dating” scene, I wanted to make the breakout sessions work a bit like speed dating to give nonprofits as well as attendees the opportunity to make some key introductions and to determine if there was a “click.”  If so, candidates and non-profits would have a chance to exchange contact information and have a subsequent exploratory conversation.  Admittedly, I have not done anything like this before, but I am really hoping that it works.  Having worked at nonprofit organizations for my entire career, I know the importance of Board Members to the goals of nonprofits, and equally, I know the fulfilling and rewarding experience it can give the individual.  Continue reading

Board Women?

Tracy WilliamsTracy Williams,  President and CEO
Olmstead Williams Communications, a public relations boutique

Ready to serve on a corporate board – mid market would be a great place to start

My ears perked up at Tuesday night’s “Women on Corporate Boards” event at the Omni in Downtown Los Angeles when one of the panelists said boards “even need PR people.”  We were also told we need to broadcast our interest on serving on corporate boards.  Another tip for women interested in serving on boards was that a good director is someone who asks the “Why” questions, according to Edith Perez, who serves on Con-Way Inc.’s board.  That is the cornerstone of a PR practitioner’s job – or it should be.  With two important attributes down, I should be a shoe-in, right?  We learned that it’s important to have served on non-profit and possibly government commissions, check.

The panelists – Gabrielle Greene, Whole Foods board member; Janet Kerr, La-Z-Boy board member; Edith Perez, Con-Way Inc. board member; and Wendy Webb, Jack in the Box board member – gave reason to hope in the way that accomplished, extremely well-educated and gracious people always do, with an “if we can get a board seat, so can you.”  However, the reality is that women represent only 16 percent of membership on corporate boards.  Edith Perez said she hoped that the number would reach 30 percent in her lifetime.  But Edith is much too young to make that a happy number: the European Union has already required the quota for women on boards to reach 30 percent by 2015.  Looking around the room, I saw a sea of untapped talent that corporate America would be wise to consider.  Board recruiters, take note: you can access an impressive list of female candidates here.  Go ahead, give them a call.  Studies show that adding women to your corporate board will also add to your bottom line.

Olmstead Williams Communications
10940 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1210
Los Angeles, CA  90024
310.824.9000
http://olmsteadwilliams.com

Extraordinary Exceptionalism

Broads CircleHave you ever been to a Broads Circle event?  If not, what’s holding you back?  Please take a few moments to answer 3 quick questions and give us your feedback.  Click here to take the survey  

At Broads Circle what we care about is Helping Women Make Money!!!  In an era of financial crises, it has not been easy even for the ‘best of the best’ to grow capital and drive revenue.  But we feel a change in play for women who have the motivation and ambition to drive revenue and grow capital, a time that offers extraordinary opportunity to achieve exceptional results in all metrics for women:

  • Revenue: bottom line money, money in the pocket
  • Capital Transactions: women enjoying liquidity events
  • Power Women Capitalists: women sitting in power seats in the C-Suite and in the corporate Boardroom

The Broads on Boards 2042 Manifesto:  Calling all women captains of industry and other brilliant women!  Let’s take on the challenge that we will work our way into those corporate board seats, until we get to parity by 2042!  No excuses!

March 20:  3rd Annual Women on Corporate Boards
Sponsored by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
Broads on Boards is hosting this event downtown LA.  If you want to power network with the women who sit at the table in corporate boardrooms, come to this event at the Omni Hotel and learn from corporate Board Directors of Lazy Boy, Jack in the Box, Conway and Whole Foods.  Ask them if they think that women can conquer 50% of all American corporate board seats by 2042.  Register by March 18 to avoid late registration fee!

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June 5:  Driving Revenue at the Legal Speed Limit! – Sponsored by Latham & Watkins

Women General Counsels discuss sitting in the C-Suite and how to make sure you are driving revenue and growing capital within the law.  Our panel will discuss how to push the pedal to the metal on revenue and capital growth and still play fully within the law, in an increasingly regulated and legally complex global business environment.  We are currently working on putting this panel together–stay tuned for more details.   Continue reading

Broads on Boards Workshop

Fay FeeneyBy Fay Feeney
CEO, Risk for Good
Broads Circle Advisory Board Member

Join us on April 17th for lunch and the opportunity to put your plan together for reaching for that board seat or big client or the corner office.  It all begins with the vision of what you want to see happen.    We’ll be focused on how you can align your unique network to open the boardroom doors for you.  If opening the boardroom door is something you’ve thought about, we’ll work with you to put together a plan.  If getting a new client or job is more to your liking, our lunch will be the perfect place to begin your planning.

We’ll be able to use our time together to learn from Joy Chudacoff about having a plan and from Rochelle Moulton about crafting your marketing message.  With a plan and a clear message, Money and Power become attainable goals.  Mark your calendar to join us for this unique opportunity to create your future.

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Fay Feeney
CEO, Risk for Good
Fay@Risk4Good.com
Fay is an engaged member of the governance communities of Web 2.0 (Linked In, Twitter & Facebook) and a regular attendee at governance education.  She holds the Director Professional Governance Fellow 2011 certificate from NACD.

Broads Circle is Growing!

Broads CircleBroads Circle is all about money and power for women. Driving revenue and growing capital is our mission, vision and passion.  So, Broads Circle is all about you. It is about what you need to grow your bottom line,  drive your revenue, and grow your capital. This group is about the relationships and strategies that will allow you to:

  • Leverage your money and power
  • Win that piece of business that will transform your game
  • Get that deal that is a career builder
  • Get that CEO, CFO, COO job
  • Get on that for profit corporate board
  • Take that company public
  • Raise capital for your startup
  • Sell that business for a great multiple
  • Be that self-made woman major philanthropist

In order for women to get to revenue and capital parity, we must all lean forward and help each other as strong advocates. We hope that you will use this group, the power networking events, the Broads on Boards events, the Broads Pods groups, and the Monthly Huddle lunches to expand your network, and become an absolute Rock Star in your world!!! Come and be a part of Broads Circle! Continue reading

Happy New Year!!

Darya Allen-AttarI have decided that the word for me in 2012 is STRATEGIC!!!  In 2012, which promises to be a complex year, I will be working on strategic growth of my business and assets, strategic positioning and strategic alliances. It is part of my realization that with the complexity that this year promises, time and resources are particularly limited, and that I need to plan, position and deploy resources carefully, and execute brilliantly to make this year count.  Plan, position and pounce!!!

Let’s tackle the challenges and sieze the opportunities together!   Building relationships and having authentic conversations is what makes my life fun, and we got to do that at the January Broads Circle members-only Monthly Huddle – Meet the CFOs.  At this lunch, we created the first Broads Pod! The CFO Broads Pod was created with new members Berenice Officer, Dogswell; Dawn Olsen, VCA Antech; Jen Petrovich, Body Armour; and Anne Plechner, CFO Consulting.  If you know of other members (or potential new members) who are CFOs and would like to join the CFO Broads Pod, please let us know.

The February Monthly Huddle is Meet the Investment Bankers and women in private equity, and will be on February 8th.  Hope to see our members there!  If you know of any women general counsels, please invite them to Broads Circle, as our March Monthly Huddle will be Meet the GCs.

Broads Circle is going to Orange County!  Our first event in OC will be held on Feb 15th.  Broads Circle is looking for C-Level women leaders in the OC to join the panel.  We have formed an OC advisory board to help plan and produce our events in OC. If you know of any OC professional women who would like to get involved with Broads Circle OC, please contact us. Continue reading

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