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Own your career path and discover how you can hit your career targets with advice and insights from executive recruiters in our webinars and from career advisors in our interactive workshops.

Are You Ready to Join a Board of Directors?

Joining a board can be a difficult process. It takes strategic planning, careful preparation, and expert knowledge to better position yourself for when new opportunities arise.

With executive search professionals conducting a large amount of board searches today, if you would like to be considered, there is no better way to prepare than to learn from those responsible for sourcing new board candidates.

Join our panel of senior executive search professionals, from leading global search firms, as they give exclusive advice and answer audience questions.

This webinar will cover:
  • 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...


Jose Ruiz - CEO, Alder Koten
Jose serves as Alder Koten's CEO providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm's future. He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures. An important part of his time is also spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles' Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico. His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose is a bi-weekly contributor at writing about executive leadership and career development.


Nichole McCulloch - Managing Partner, The Ashton Partnership
Nichole is the Managing Partner for The Ashton Partnership and leads the Energy and Natural Resources Practice. Nichole specializes in placing individuals in both board and executive roles globally across all corporate functions, having completed searches and sourced candidates in over 30 countries. She focuses on identifying and placing candidates both as expatriates as well as sourcing national candidates and assisting in the repatriation of nationals, in businesses across developed, emerging and frontier markets. Nichole is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and sits on the executive committee for Women in Mining (UK), chairing their international committee. Before her career in executive search, Nichole had supported the campaigns for two US presidential elections, in addition to holding management positions with a number of US based firms. Before joining The Ashton Partnership LLP, she established the global Energy and Natural Resources practice for an executive search firm based in the UK focusing on sustainability and risk management.


Charles King - Vice Chairman of Board Practice, CTPartners
Charles H. King is a Vice Chairman of CTPartners. Prior to joining CTPartners, he served as Managing Director of the CEO & Board Service Practice at Korn/Ferry International. As a recognized expert in the field of corporate governance, he has led director training programs throughout the US, and his remarks have appeared in all of the major business media. Charles has been named to the Directorship 100 list of the Most Influential in Corporate Governance. A graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a BS in electrical engineering, Charles earned his MBA in finance from the Yale School of Management.

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