Nov 6 2012
|Being a member of a board of directors is a highly sought after position of respect and accomplishment. With a rapidly changing business environment and changing demographics in the workforce, experts anticipate that there will soon be a deficit in the number of qualified candidates for board roles, especially for females. According to a survey released by Heidrick and Struggles, Harvard University and the WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) organization last month, 45 percent of male directors believe that this lack of qualified candidates is the reason behind the small number of women around the table. Only 18 percent of female board members agree with this theory.|
There have, however, been various efforts to increase the number of women who are given roles on boards of directors. In September, 2011, for example, the European Business Schools/Women on Boards initiative was launched aiming to increase gender diversity on boards of directors. One of these initiatives was the "Global Board-Ready Women" searchable database which provided corporations with a resource to find female candidates to appoint to their boards. In addition, a BlueSteps membership allows members to indicate their board interest in their career profile. The BlueSteps database is used by top search firms, all members of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), as a tool to find executive-level candidates.
In the midst of changing mandates, regulations and new initiatives, now is the time to start preparing yourself with the skills and experiences necessary to be a successful candidate in the selection process.
BlueSteps would like to invite you to join us for a one hour seminar Claiming Your Seat on the Board: Opportunities for Female Executives during which a panel of career experts and board-level recruiters will discuss how you can prepare yourself to be considered for board roles.
This article was written by Dora Phillips of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).
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