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Jill Griffin – Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board
Jill Griffin, author of Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board – 7 Actions to Build Your Career, Elevate Your Leadership and Expand Your Influence, talks about how to get on corporate boards, testing one’s readiness and the importance of having more women serve on corporate boards. Griffin says that being on a corporate board may give someone an ‘elite status’ — as they have to be appointed. They must also test their readiness before joining as it requires approximately 250 hours a year to serve. She compares being on a board to “getting an MBA every year” because she feels “I’m surrounded by people smarter than I am.”
Her book gives guided steps on how to actively prepare if you’re thinking about joining a corporate board. Griffin stresses that people need to do their research to see which boards have (or may have) openings that are relevant to one’s industry. She also talks about what women need to do get themselves on corporate boards; and believes the problem is the pipeline at the top. Since the pipeline doesn’t include many women, Griffin’s advice to women is: go in early, stay late and network because that’s where the most opportunities take place. The more networking they do, the better their chances to be seen and, eventually, appointed to corporate boards.