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December 2019


It's hard to believe 2019 is coming to a close. We have had a wonderful year at Next OnBoard, thanks to our wonderful members and supporters. We've spent the year together learning about board governance, connecting with senior professionals and building a network of accomplished peers, all while having fun and making new friends!

It's been an impactful year as well. We've had many events, including our annual wine tasting, networking and leadership panels. Our mentorship program is going strong and continues to be a great way for Next members to connect with accomplished women in leadership.

We can't wait to see you in 2020. Until then, we wish you a wonderful holiday season!


As this year comes to a close, we will miss our 2019 Committee Chairs, but we are excited to welcome in our 2020 Chairs. Here's what they are looking forward to in 2020:


"I really love working with such a great group of women throughout the year, and am excited to be leading the group next year! Being on the leadership team of Next OnBoard has given me a way to engage in an area I'm passionate about, and to work with such a fun group of professional, passionate women in Atlanta. It has been great seeing all the new ideas that this year's incoming chairs brought to the group, and I'm so excited to continue to grow in 2020!"
Katie Hull, 2020 Governance Chair


"I am so excited to continue leading the marketing efforts for NOB next year and engage with young professional women in the Atlanta community!"
Kayla Draffin, 2020 Marketing Chair


"Can't wait to plan more events for next year and continue growing our powerful network of women!"
Mallory Walker, 2020 Events Chair


"I'm so excited to reconnect with current members and welcome new members to Next OnBoard in 2020!"
Emily Pugatchenko, 2020 Membership Chair

Do you want to get more involved with Next OnBoard?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Chair-Elects and committee volunteers for Marketing, Events and Membership. Chair-Elect and Committee Volunteer positions are open to Next OnBoard members only. Each committee offers the opportunity to advance OnBoard's mission with the help of some amazing OnBoard senior executives and other accomplished and fun early-career professionals. Committee Chair leadership is a two-year commitment: one year as Chair-Elect, followed by one year as Chair. Committee Volunteers should anticipate at least a one year commitment. Please feel free to nominate yourself or your peers.

Take the survey here:

End of the Year Social

In November, we gathered at L'Occitane for a casual evening of mingling and shopping. Set in the Shops of Buckhead, L'Occitane was the perfect venue for us to network while sipping champagne and sampling their luxurious body and skincare products. Guests were even treated to a 20% discount to get a start on their holiday shopping. Our annual Winter Social is a great way to wrap up a successful year with Next OnBoard.

OnBoard Annual Awards Dinner

Each year, OnBoard hosts their Annual Awards dinner to celebrate the year's work and the recipient of the OnBoard Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award. This award recognizes exceptional women serving on for-profit corporate boards. This annual event is a great opportunity for Next members to connect and network with OnBoard member, while supporting the important mission of advancing more women into board leadership. This year's award winner is Crystal Hanlon, President of the Norther Division of Home Depot. You can read more about Crystal and her contributions here.

Be sure to check out Next OnBoard's event page for more information as we plan our events for 2020!

Still on the fence about joining Next OnBoard?

Get the next decade off to a strong start by growing your professional network. Here are just a few of the many reasons to become a member today.

  1. Discounts to Next OnBoard and OnBoard events throughout the year, plus a complimentary headshot at the Happy Hour & Headshots event.
  2. Exclusive access to our mentorship program where you will be matched with an experienced professional and a small group to connect with and learn from throughout the year.
  3. Apply for leadership and committee positions to enhance your professional experience and skills.

Learn more about the benefits of membership here.

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The Board Fact

In 2018, 15.4% of Georgia public company board seats were held by women, up from 13.8% in 2017. This represents 17 net women board seats added for women. We're making huge leaps forward, but there is still work to be done. Learn more about our Next OnBoard's mission here.

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