In today’s landscape, the importance of board diversity and inclusion is increasingly under the spotlight. On Wednesday, March 13, WiB and TEMPO Madison‘s Project Reach had the privilege of putting together a thought-provoking discussion where TEMPO’s experts shared invaluable insights into navigating the board journey. Here are some key takeaways that could pave the way for your own success in the boardroom:


Empowering Insights from MSCI: Research spanning from 2011 to 2016 conducted by MSCI shed light on the tangible benefits of gender diversity in boardrooms. Companies with three or more women on their boards consistently outperformed their counterparts with zero female representation, demonstrating a clear correlation between diversity and improved financial performance.


The Evolution of Board Dynamics: Boards are no longer mere overseers of CEOs; they now play a pivotal role in managing the entire organizational ecosystem. Mentoring between board members and other employees fosters a culture of growth and collaboration, driving collective success.


Crafting Your Board Journey: Embarking on a board journey requires strategic planning and self-reflection. Start by identifying your motivations and the unique skills you bring to the table. Deliberately align your board aspirations with your industry expertise, and be prepared to step outside your comfort zone to seize new opportunities.


Patti Epstein’s Wisdom: “You never know who next to you will serve on the same board as you.” With this simple yet profound statement, Patti Epstein emphasized the significance of networking and forging meaningful connections. In the world of board appointments, relationships often open doors that qualifications alone cannot.


Harnessing the Power of Networking: As echoed by our speakers, networking remains the cornerstone of board appointment processes. Leveraging platforms like Dane County’s board vacancies database or Women in the Boardroom can show you board vacancies; however, traditional methods such as sending letters of interest to nominating committees still hold significant sway.


Embracing Mentorship and Persistence: Finding your value proposition and securing board positions may take time, but the guidance of mentors and the support of peers can be invaluable along the way. Embrace the journey with patience and persistence, knowing that each step brings you closer to your goals.


In conclusion, unlocking board opportunities requires a strategic blend of networking, skill development, and perseverance. By embracing these insights and charting your unique path, you can position yourself for success in the dynamic world of corporate governance. So, are you ready to take the first step towards your boardroom aspirations? Start networking, crafting your narrative, and let your journey begin!


TEMPO Madison was established in 1981 by three visionary women, TEMPO Madison stands as a beacon of empowerment, breaking down barriers to advance women in leadership roles. Their pioneering efforts underscore the transformative impact of female representation at the highest levels of decision-making. You can learn more about their organization here.


Helpful Resources from this Event:

Women in the Boardroom

Governor Evers webpage

Milwaukee Women Inc

TEMPO Powerpoint

Additional Resources from Project Reach