Advocate, Inspire & Connect – Women & Boards
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Three OnBoard members/advocates have recently joined boards. Michele Sarkisian, President, P3 Advisors joined the Revelry Group board. Terri Jondahl, Chairman/CEO, CAB Incorporated, joined the board of Sunbelt Packaging Inc. and Rebecca Blalock, Managing Partner at Advisory Capital LLC joined Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HASI). Becky is also a member of the board of Aspen Aerogels, Inc. (NYSE:ASPN).
March 28th was the first major luncheon of the year with Martha Brooks as our speaker. Here is just a little of the wisdom she shared: Boards want people who are extremely self-confident (with a voice), collaborative, and collegial; Strategy could be the single most important focus of the board, not just CEO succession like some think; Watch who the board listens to because it can be very telling; Use the social time around meetings to build relationships because it will help the board operate more effectively; Boards look for P & L experience. Always take the bigger job and get variety when you can; Don’t take a seat if you don’t like and respect the CEO, unless the board plans to do something about it; A good match between you and a board is worth waiting for.
Many have asked, “What is the Advocates List?” It is a select group of women and men executives and corporate directors who have accepted the invitation to support OnBoard at a leadership level financially and through lending their name as being passionate about OnBoard’s mission. Now and in future communications, we will profile a sampling of our current advocates. Use this link to meet four of them: Wayne Bradley, Jeff Neppl, Ryanne Pennington and Mimi Thigpen.
Rosalind Brewer has joined the board of Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX). Roz was most recently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sam’s Club, and executive vice president of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She is a former president and current Advocate of OnBoard.
Jeanne P. Jackson joined the Delta Air Lines’ board of directors (NYSE: DAL). She is senior strategic advisor to the chief executive officer of NIKE, Inc. and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of McDonald’s Corporation and Kraft Heinz Company.
The 2017 OnBoard Development Group class will accept up to 10 women who are board ready for for-profit boards. The six sessions starting in April help the participants to raise their visibility for board candidacy. 2016 participant Terri Johdahl, CEO of CAB Incorporated, said: “You really do an awesome job on (OBDG)…What a wonderful service you are providing for aspiring women board members”. Application deadline is March 6, 2017. More information and application form.
February 22nd kicks off the first event for OnBoard with the traditional evening reception sponsored by Baker Donelson. Registration deadline is February 17th. The 2017 events for OnBoard are outlined here. The first event of Next OnBoard, is being held February 1st but if you missed it, there will be more events to come for this group. Both OnBoard and Next OnBoard events are added to the websiteas soon as the dates are finalized.
Connie Engel has been elected to the board of Brand Group Holdings Inc. the bank holding company for The Brand Banking Company. She is a partner at Childress Klein Properties.
Anne Hydrick Kaiser has been elected to the board of directors of State Bank Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: STBZ) and its subsidiary bank, State Bank and Trust Company. Anne is the vice president of Community and Economic Development for Georgia Power and leads the company’s efforts to recruit new industry to Georgia and help existing industries grow.
Manulife Financial Corporation (MFC:NYSE) appointed Pamela O. Kimmet to their Board of Directors. Ms. Kimmet is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Cardinal Health, Inc., a health care services company. Prior to July 1, 2016, Ms. Kimmet was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.,
Linda Klein was just inducted as the 2016-2017 American Bar Association President. She is a former board member and president of OnBoard and an Advocate since the inception of the Advocates List in 2006. OnBoard congratulates Linda in being elected to lead the ABA, one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.