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.

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