Advocate, Inspire & Connect – Women & Boards

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OnBoard Seeking New President

OnBoard Inc. is seeking to engage a new President to steward the organization as the leading authority for women on Georgia public company boards and a catalyst to increase female directors on all for-profit company boards. The tenets of Advocate, Inspire and Connect form the framework of OnBoard. The organization is based in Atlanta, Georgia and the new President would ideally start in June 2020.

Why is OnBoard doing a search?

The current Executive Director is stepping back from this role, which she has filled for a number of years.  Concurrent with that, the board of directors of OnBoard has decided to create a President role that replaces the ED, but with some strategic changes to help the organization continue to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards.

What is the new role?

The role of President has three key aspects: (1) building and sustaining external relationships; (2) oversight of the organization; and (3) managing internal operations.  The role demands strategic thinking as well as operational expertise. 


Begin accepting candidate applications and resumes – February 5, 2020

Application deadline – February 29, 2020

Click (Word or PDF) for an application and here for a description of the President’s responsibilities.

Michelle Jarrard Named 2019 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Recipient

Michelle Jarrard, board member of Georgia based Crawford & Company (NYSE: CRDA) was honored as the 17th Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award recipient at OnBoard’s Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 13, 2019. Crawford & Company is the world’s largest publicly listed independent provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies and self-insured entities with an expansive global network serving clients in more than 70 countries. Ms. Jarrard is also a Board Director and Compensation Committee member of Lazard, the global investment bank and asset management firm, and of Axion Biosystems and was a board member of QUEST Renewables until earlier this year. The OnBoard Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans award is given annually and is sponsored by KPMG. Michelle’s bio and press release.

New Women on Boards

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) a leading transportation provider offering less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, and logistics services, announced the appointment of Susan Ward and Donna E. Epps to the board. Ms. Epps is a retired Deloitte LLP partner, Ms. Ward, is retired United Parcel Service, Inc. Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Ms. Ward is a member of OnBoard and a graduate of the OnBoard Development Program.  

Jabil Inc. (NYSE: JBL) announced Kathleen A. Walters has been appointed to the board of directors. Ms. Walters was an executive at Georgia-Pacific Corp (GP) from 2004 until her retirement in June 2019, serving her last 12 years as the executive vice president and group president, leading the consumer products group. Ms. Walters is a longtime member of the OnBoard Advocates List.

No ALL-Male Boards in Georgia’s TOP 50 Companies by Revenue.

Cheri Husney, president of OnBoard presented the results of the 2019 study at OnBoard’s annual dinner November 13, 2019 announcing that there were no all-male boards in the Top 50 Georgia public companies by revenue. In addition to this milestone, she announced that the 2019 OnBoard study continues building momentum from last year with again all new highs in the major statistics. For example, the number of women held board seats in Georgia public companies is now 17.4%. Cheri also noted that the fill rate, the percentage of open seats filled in the last year rose to a record 35%. This leading indicator bodes well for the continued progress of increasing the number of women on board. More details can be found in the Study Brochure and in the Atlanta Business Chronicle article authored by Maria Saporta in the Nov 8th edition.

New Women on Boards

Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) has announced the election of Teresa White, president of Aflac U.S., to its Board of Directors. White has served as president of Aflac U.S., the operating U.S. insurance businesses for Aflac Incorporated.

The 2019-2020 Advocates List Campaign Is Underway

As we celebrate our 27th year, we invite you to join a select group of women and men executives, managing partners and corporate directors who have accepted the invitation to be an OnBoard Advocate. Advocates support our mission to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards. This year with new benefits including membership. Want to know more? See the Advocates Brochure or the official invitation or to Join now. Current Advocates are invited to a special Advocates Only reception in early August. Invitations have been sent to your email address. New Advocates, who join by August 2nd will also be invited to attend. Your invitation will be sent to you. RSVP’s are required. Also, please see the profiles of three of our current advocates and why they support OnBoard.

Scholarship Opportunity for the New Brenau University Executive Women’s MBA Program

OnBoard has partnered with Brenau University in offering a $10,000 scholarship towards the University’s Inaugural Executive Women’s MBA (EWMBA) program! OnBoard members, Advocates and friends are invited to apply. It is a great opportunity for any woman who would like to position herself for continued professional growth through earning a top-ranked Executive Women’s MBA. Brenau welcomes applications from female candidates with a minimum of five years management experience who are looking to advance to the C-suite. More information on the programMore information on the scholarshipApplication for the scholarship. Deadline for the scholarship is August 30, 2019.

Women on Boards

Carol-Tome_Bio_952x1328Sovos Brands, a food and beverage company, announced the appointment of Carol Tomé to its board of directors, where she will also chair the company’s audit committee. Carol is currently chief financial officer of Home Depot (NYSE: HD). Her retirement later this year was just announced.

Cheryl Bachelder has joined the board of Chick-fil-A.

OnBoard Announces the 2019 Executive Leadership Honor Roll

The OnBoard Executive Leadership Honor Roll recognizes women who are in executive leadership positions. It is awarded annually to 3 Georgia based women leaders to highlight OnBoard’s mission to increase the number of women in executive leadership. An honor roll honoree is a Georgia based woman in a significant leadership role within her organization. She is a role model of career achievement and is building the credentials that place her in the pipeline, either now or in the future, for corporate board membership. The 2019 honorees are:

Susan Gambardella VP, CCNA Convenience Retail
The Coca-Cola Company
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Crystal Hanlon Northern Division President
The Home Depot
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Brandi Thomas Vice President – Corporate Audit
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
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New Women on Boards

Heather H. Wilson has joined the board of Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX). Ms. Wilson, the chief data scientist of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) will also serve on the board’s Technology Committee.