Smashing the Glass Ceiling: How Can More Female Executives Become Board Directors?

New opportunities for female executives to become board directors are on the rise, but how can female executives best position themselves for when they appear? In today’s highly competitive business environment, it has never been more vital that female executives receive the best possible advice and information to secure their positions as board directors, and prevent themselves from getting stuck beneath the infamous glass ceiling. According to Catalyst’s 2012 census, only 16.6% of board seats are being taken up by women; it is clear that if you want to join this percentage, you must gain as much first-hand knowledge as you can.

When asking existing female board directors of their tactics, several factors occurred repeatedly:

1. Getting boardroom experience outside work e.g. in the community
2. Director-training programs
3. Public speaking and networking events
4. Having a great mentor
5. Making sure you prioritize well (work/home-life balance)

September 22nd marks the next official American Business Women’s Day, and to honor this worthy date, BlueSteps has devoted the entire month of September to facilitate the discussion of success factors for female executives on gaining board seats.

As part of this discussion, BlueSteps, sponsored by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), will be holding a complimentary executive seminar called 'Boardroom Diversity: New Opportunities for Female Executives'. To understand the obstacles that you may encounter when seeking a board seat, and how they can be overcome, this truly is an unmissable event.  With global and local factors affecting the success of women in the board room, as well as the challenge of attracting the attention of a retained search firms that can place you in the role you desire, our team of experts will guide you with insights and tips that will help you develop a strategy to secure a board position. The executive seminar will also include a live Q&A session, so you will be able to pose your questions to our panelists during the seminar.

This webinar will cover:
  • New opportunities - Gender Diversity in the boardroom
  • Developing a strategy to get your board seat
  • What to include on your board file
  • The board recruitment process
  • Board specific challenges and concerns
  • Current trends in the executive job market
  • How to leverage relationships with executive search consultants
This seminar is free to all executives looking for board opportunities, and takes place Tuesday, September 24th, 2013 at 12 noon until 1pm ET.
For more information about the seminar, click here.

About BlueSteps
BlueSteps is the exclusive service of the AESC that puts senior executives on the radar screen of over 8,000 executive search professionals in more than 75 countries. Be visible, and be considered for up to 75,000 opportunities handled by AESC search firms every year. Find out more at www.BlueSteps.com.

Complimentary Webinar Recording: Expert Tips for Finding Your Next Board Seat

This webinar covered:
- How to develop a strategy to get a board seat
- How the board recruitment process actually works
- What are the current challenges and concerns for boards
- What qualities are sought after in a board candidate
- How diversity issues are affecting the board room
- And more...

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About the author

This article was written by Lisa Marsh, Marketing Manager at the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC).

About the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants

Since 1959, the AESC has set the standard for quality and ethics in executive search and leadership consulting worldwide. Because AESC members must commit and adhere to the AESC's industry and government recognized Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines, clients can be assured that AESC members are able to serve as trusted advisors for their most important engagements. As the voice for executive search and leadership consulting worldwide, today the AESC is comprised of more than 350 member firms, representing 8,000 executive search professionals in 75 countries. To learn more about the AESC and its membership, visit www.aesc.org.

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