About Next OnBoard
OnBoard created Next OnBoard in 2014 to engage motivated early and mid-career professionals as they travel the path to senior leadership and perhaps board service.
Next OnBoard provides its members with opportunities to connect with senior executive women and men interested in OnBoard’s mission, learn about board governance, and expand their professional networks. Next OnBoard advances OnBoard’s mission by identifying and engaging motivated professionals early in their development to senior leadership.
ENGAGE young professionals in OnBoard’s mission early in their careers
LEARN about board governance
CONNECT with senior professionals
BUILD a network of accomplished peers
Meet the 2021 – 2022 Leadership Team
Interested in joining the Next OnBoard Leadership Team? Email Kayla Draffin at firstname.lastname@example.org. to learn more about available positions and how you can get involved.
Next OnBoard Annual Award
Next OnBoard Outstanding Member of the Year 2021 Recipients
Katie Hoppenjan (UPS), Nela Powell (Formation Capital, LLC), and Maddie Thykeson (Gratus Capital) were selected as the 2021 Next OnBoard Outstanding Members of the Year for their many contributions serving on Next’s leadership team. Katie Hoppenjans served as our Membership Chair and continuously improved the experience for new and existing members. Nela Powell served as our Governance Chair guiding the leadership team to a successful year. Maddie Thykeson served as our Marketing Chair managing social media and outreach for NOB. Thank you to these incredible women for volunteering their time to lead Next OnBoard!
Outstanding Member of the Year Award Description
This award recognizes an honorable member of Next OnBoard who exemplifies what it means to be a “Nexter”. The recipient is an early career professional who serves as an outstanding role model for advancing OnBoard’s mission to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards in both public and private for-profit corporations.
Making Connections Award Description
Making connections is all about recognizing the Nexter who recruits the most Next OnBoard members to engage young professionals early in their careers as they learn about board governance, connect with senior professionals and build a network of accomplished peers.
Next OnBoard Newsletter
Next OnBoard publishes a quarterly newsletter to give a recap of past events and teasers to upcoming ones, provide updates to its members on benefits such as the mentorship program or event discounts and encourage social media following and women on board success stories.
Next OnBoard Events
Check back soon for upcoming events!
Winning in Corporate America as a Woman with Elba Pareja-Gallagher
How do you win in the post-COVID world where our working environment has been turned upside down? You win by differentiating yourself. The perfect opportunity is found in a new space rising in importance – sustainability. Regardless of what you do or in what industry, you need to know all about it because it’s the essential language of business today. Join Elba Pareja-Gallagher, gender equity advocate and sustainability expert, as she connects the dots between leadership and sustainability to advance your career. Elba’s talk will be followed by a “speed dating” style networking event (discussion prompts provided).
Includes wine and light refreshments
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Lace Up Your Sneakers & Step into Your Leadership Shoes Location : A virtual event on Zoom Date : Wednesday, August 10, 2022 Time :
A virtual event hosted by Next OnBoard in partnership with AON and Black Professional Network
Why You Should Start Preparing Now
Panelists: Tanya Counter, Area Vice President, Salesforce; Rachel Perry, Resident Managing Director, Aon; Carla Pinckney, Sr. Bus. Development Mgr./Sr. Program Mgr., Colonial Pipeline Co.; Sophia Shoate, President of US Sales, UPS; and Moderator Diana Murphy, Executive Coach, Diana Murphy Coaching, LLC
Elba Pareja-Gallagher, Founder, ShowMe50
Panelists: Lyn Turknett, Co-founder and Co-Chairman, Turknett Leadership Group and Susan Hitchcock, Executive Director of Women’s Initiatives and Board Member, Turknett Leadership Group. Sponsored by Turknett Leadership Group.
Join Next OnBoard and Support the Mission
Next OnBoard membership is open to early and mid-career professionals who support OnBoard’s mission
Next OnBoard provides connections with senior leaders and accomplished peers. Members receive targeted education about board governance along with the opportunity to calibrate their experiences with the career paths of existing board members and senior leaders. The peer connections formed through Next OnBoard provide ongoing opportunities for professional growth, shared learning, and engagement.
OnBoard’s mission is to increase the number of women on public and private boards in Georgia and building a pipeline for candidates ready now and in the future is important to that mission. It is never too early in a career to start building the credentials, experience, skills and networks needed to advance to senior leadership that can then lead to public and private board service.
Next OnBoard was created to engage high potential professionals early in their careers to inform and educate these young women helping them on the path to senior leadership roles and to the potential of board service in their future.
The benefits of membership are accentuated when combined with involvement as a volunteer or leader of a Next OnBoard Committee. We welcome the opportunity to help you find a niche in our organization. To get involved in a Next OnBoard Committee, please email email@example.com. We look forward to working with you to advance OnBoard’s mission.