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.


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?

Kick Up the Commerce in 2013

We are now fully a membership organization. If you are a Broads Circle member, we invite you to come and join us for our winter and spring events.

If you are not a member, it’s easy to join–just buy an event ticket (the one-time annual general membership dues are included in the ticket price). You will then be a General Member going forward and will get member pricing for tickets throughout 2013. General membership is $30 through March 1st, then goes up to $50.

networkingWe welcome back our Bottom Line Broads, women who have attained a position of leadership and have the ablity to drive revenue and grow capital for other Bottom Line Broads (BLB). We invite you to join us for our first of six BLB Kick Up the Commerce networking events on January 31st, hosted by our new Bottom Line Broads President, Katherine Blair, Partner at K&L Gates. Katherine has volunteered to help us plan and hold the six networking events this year. Our goal is to hold these events on the last business day of the month, every odd-numbered month, so save the dates ladies! These networking events will be open to Bottom Line Broads and Executive Broads, and will be hosted by members at their offices.

Our first Executive Broads Crush the Ceiling meeting will be held on February 27th. We’re delighted to welcome Julie MacMedan, Vice President of Investor Relations for Demand Media, as the 2013 Executive Broads President. Executive Broads are women who lead in corporate roles, while Bottom Line Broads are in top-level service provider roles.

Our goal for 2013 is to help you make more money, and get you more power!!!  Let’s roll and shake up Los Angeles/Orange County with our revenue and capital!  The OC events will be announced soon!

To your success,

Darya Allen-Attar
Founder of Broads Circle

What’s on tap for 2013: Power Networking Plus

Power NetworkingJoin us for 5 Bigger and Better
Power Networking Plus Events:

  • February – Women on Corporate Boards
  • May – Women CEOs of HOT Companies
  • July – Women Raising Capital
  • October – Power Players
  • December – Annual Philanthropy Luncheon

Bottom Line Broads


Who is a Bottom Line Broad?

  • She has Bottom Line Responsibility
  • She can be a Business Owner
  • She is a woman in the C-Suite
  • She can be a current or aspiring Corporate Board Member
  • She can be a TOP level Service Provider
  • She is a Woman Leader
  • She can make things happen for other women
  • She wants to collaborate with other women to build our Collective Money and Power!
  • In short, she Drives Revenue and Grows Capital!

Application and approval is required for Bottom Line Broad membership – apply online here.

What you get for your membership:

  • Post-cocktail event private dinners to build relationships with other Bottom Line Broads and event panelists
  • Members-only networking events bi-monthly
  • Become part of and contribute to a Broads Pod niche networking group that is industry or role-focused

Join us!!  Let’s keep the conversation going!

More Women Are Primed to Land CEO Roles

The Wall Street Journal

In the U.S., a Strong Pipeline of Female Senior Executives Means a Larger Pool Eyed by Recruiters

Anne Sweeney of Disney-ABC is on the CEO radar of many boards,’ says one succession-planning expert.  Companies are grooming more women for the corner office.  With a growing pool of highly qualified women and intensified investor pressure on boards to diversify corporate management teams, companies “are hiring more high-potential women who could be CEO,” says Judith von Seldeneck, head of Diversified Search, a Philadelphia executive-recruitment firm.

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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

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!

Register here

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

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