Next OnBoard

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

Kayla Draffin

Governance Chair

Corporate HR Business Partner, Equifax

Alexis Isom

Events Chair

Business Development Analyst, Aon Risk Services, Inc.

Dorrie Paradies

Membership Chair

Marketing Strategy Analyst at UPS

Maddie Thykeson

Marketing Chair

Marketing Analyst, Gratus Capital

Kate Allan

Governance Chair-Elect

Senior Manager, Jabian Consulting

Leigh Ellis

Events Co-Chair Elect

University Relations Project Manager, Equifax

Reem Krisht

Events Co-Chair Elect

Strategy Manager, ADP

Andria Smith

Membership Co-Chair Elect

Sustainability Program Manager, UPS

Amanda Arboleda

Membership Co-Chair Elect

EY Consultant in the People Advisory Services Team

Nikita Bansal

Marketing Chair-Elect

Senior Strategy Director, Equifax

Interested in joining the Next OnBoard Leadership Team? Email Kayla Draffin at 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.

Previous Recipients

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.

Previous Recipients

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

Upcoming Events

Check back soon for upcoming events!

Game Time:
Winning in Corporate America as a Woman with Elba Pareja-Gallagher

Location : Equifax Headquarters (1550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)

Event Layout : Speaker followed by “Speed Dating” style networking

Date : Wednesday, October 5th, 2022

Time : 6:00PM

Event Registration :

$25 for members

$35 for guests

Registration Deadline : Friday, September 30th, 2022

Event Info: 

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:

Past Events

Stories of Women Leaders’ Success

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

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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 We look forward to working with you to advance OnBoard’s mission.