Advice on Landing Your First Board

After 20 years working for Gap Inc., joining a board gave me the opportunity to broaden my perspective using a different lens, share my expertise while learning about how other organizations operate and ultimately, has given me another outlet to ensure my own thinking stays current.  My advice for anyone wanting to join a board is to start small – join a non-profit board, then a start-up, working up to sitting on a board in a company that is more complex, perhaps global or publicly traded.  To find your first board opportunity, expose yourself to new opportunities, let your network know you are interested in sitting on a board, find an organization that interests you.  For companies that successfully diversify their boards with women, this can mean increased independence, innovation, and good governance, which can ultimately lead to better performance.

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