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Why Executives Need an Agent

Over eleven years ago, I flipped the retained search model on its head and launched Summit Executive Resources. The vision and mission for Summit at the time, and still is today –  to serve as an agent to executives to represent their interest in their next C-Suite role or independent directorship. Sports agents serve star… Read More

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting

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In prior posts, I have discussed various topics related to corporate boards, such board recruitment, timing and compensation.  But, what if you have found yourself serving on your first corporate board?  How will you know the steps for effective board meeting preparation? Not only will it help you, but preparation before and between board meetings… Read More

What is a Healthy Board Culture?

Board culture is tantamount to a board’s success. Board culture affects decision-making and the directors’ relationship with management, impacting their ability to advise executive management and provide the necessary oversight. Because of this, a board needs to understand its culture, which includes how they make decisions, handle disagreements and share information. Is it collaborative and… Read More

After Black Lives Matter, Now Comes the Hard Part

The Black Lives Matter movement and civil rights protests across the country, triggered by the issue of police violence, have heightened awareness of racial inequality. Public and private institutions are issuing statements of solidarity, re-examining their hiring practices and workplace cultures, and promising social justice. These good intentions should be applauded. But the hard part… Read More

Should You Donate Company Shares Before an Exit?

Philanthropy is important to many privately held business owners who often include charitable endeavors as part of their post-exit plans. Yet even those who earmark exit proceeds for their favorite nonprofit sometimes fail to appreciate the savings that charitable planning can create. That helps explain why many business owners overlook philanthropy in their pre-transaction planning…. Read More

The Global Stakes on Why Black Lives Matter

The United States and China are currently engaged in a complex relationship. While retaining important aspects of cooperation, it is increasingly characterized by rivalries that span multiple domains, including national security, trade, finance, advanced technologies, cyber, and space.  Often minimized or overlooked, however, is an important ideological element to this competition. To read more, please… Read More