Women Board Directors – Is There Value?

As I have represented executives for their interest in corporate boards seats for the last eleven years, there continues to be the question of whether being female is actually of value to the board.  My counsel to my clients has been, that gender diversity alone is not a differentiating value.  Through subjective and analytic evaluation,… Read More

The Great Pause: Creating a Post-Pandemic World

The Chinese symbol for crisis combines the symbols for danger and opportunity. The current crisis presents terrifying risks and extraordinary opportunities to our country, our organizations and the field of HR. Given the current landscape, peacebuilding offers some insights and tools to think creatively about options for a post-COVID-19 world. Sadly, the current issues affecting… Read More

Understanding Board of Directors Compensation

Along with the mystery of how to land the first board seat, comes the second mystery – understanding board of directors’ compensation.  As potential clients of Summit Executive Resources consider the path to independent directorships, we are often asked for our insights into what components and how much is in board of directors’ compensation.  Although… Read More

Corporate Culture After Covid-19

A new survey of global leaders shows potential paths for the future of work and the social contract between employers and employees. Every founder’s and leader’s assumptions, strategic plans, and visions for their companies’ futures have been profoundly changed by Covid-19. As the virus lingers, its economic impact will affect corporate culture for years. How will things change,… Read More

What Boards Want: Great Board Candidates

We have previously explored how to time board candidate selection and many board candidates are eager to hear whether they have been selected amongst a very competitive base of board talent. Albeit it may be slow moving, I believe that board succession agendas are shifting away from the good old boys’ club network and toward… Read More

Board Health, Balance & Timing

Given today’s rapidly changing corporate environment that is fraught with risks, regulations and high demands from investors, the board’s job is more challenging than ever. To ensure the highest level of performance, boards must assess their own board health, effectiveness and balance. Also, if you are an executive who seeks a seat in the boardroom,… Read More

How To Time Board Candidate Selection

Capturing your first or even second board seat can take a very long time, a lot of persistence, perseverance, and patience.  It may have happened for your friend, colleague, or neighbor faster than it is happening for you.  If your reason for serving on a corporate board is to compete with your contemporaries or serve… Read More

The Way Forward for Non-Profits

Among all the anxiety that the Coronavirus pandemic has wrought across the United States, there is the added uncertainty about what we will return to when the all-clear signal is finally given.  The post-crisis world will look and feel much different than before, if only because so many people have lost their jobs and life… Read More