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Upcoming Programs

Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile for A Board Search
presented by Alyssa Gelbard

Monday, February 1, 2021, 3:30-5:00 pm, Virtual

Whether you’re seeking a first-time board seat or are an experienced director, your LinkedIn profile requires a targeted approach. Don’t make the mistake of focusing solely on your impact as an operational executive. It’s critical to highlight all board experience (including nonprofit and advisory boards) as well as board-relevant experience (e.g., M&A, transformation, global expansion) and expertise in key areas (e.g., cybersecurity, regulatory compliance, risk management).

In this session, we’ll share essential strategies and tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile and improve visibility for a board search by:

  • Making the right impression with a board-appropriate Headshot
  • Writing an effective Headline that goes beyond your title & company
  • Articulating board value in the Summary
  • Adjusting Experience section to be more board-relevant
  • Including relevant hard and soft Skills

Learn about Alyssa here and register for this free program here.


Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat

May 27, 2021, Virtual

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 program.

This program is designed for women, people of color, and those who would add in other ways to diversity and who want to learn more about corporate board service. Topics include the job of a director, the skills needed and how to develop them, realistic approaches to advancing your candidacy for a board of directors' position, diverse directors in non-diverse settings, and evaluating companies and opportunities. Enrollment is limited and based upon application. For more information, contact Lissa Broome, 919.962.7066; lbroome@email.unc.edu

Sponsorship opportunities: If your company is interested in sponsoring this program, please email Lissa Broome, lbroome@email.unc.edu. Sponsorship includes complimentary registrations.


Past Programs

Creating A Board-Ready Resume
presented by Alyssa Gelbard

January 12, 2021

A board-focused resume is a critical part of your toolkit when marketing yourself for a board seat. Whether just starting the board journey or well on your way, your resume should emphasize board-relevant content and not operational details. The resume you use for pursuing board opportunities is not the same one that should be used when applying for jobs. In this session, we’ll cover strategies and tips to:

  • Communicate boardroom value &expertise
  • Maximize readability
  • Optimize content organization and formatting
  • Avoid outdated tactics
  • Apply best practices in each section

Learn about Alyssa here.

Establish Your Brand and Enhance Your Social Media Presence presented by Anouk Pappers

December 8, 2020

Anouk Pappers made a big impression back in July and came back by popular demand. She taught us the importance of your online presence and how to promote yourself as a board candidate. She went over the common mistakes people make and loaded us with her Tips and Tactics for personal branding. Learn more about Anouk’s company here and here.


Introduction to Mutual Fund Boards

November 16, 2020

In this session we learned about mutual fund board opportunities and how mutual fund boards differ from corporate boards. This session was presented by the Mutual Fund Directors Forum. The MFDF is an independent, non-profit organization that serves independent directors of mutual funds and other U.S. registered investment companies. This program is being offered at no cost.

If you would like to receive a link to the Zoom recording of this program and the slides, email Jennifer De La Rosa, jdelarosa@unc.edu


Race in the Boardroom

October 27, 2020

Panelists: Emma Battle, Bernard Bell, Keecha Harris and Lloyd Johnson

We discussed what role a corporate board of directors may have in helping address systemic racism. With the assistance of our wonderful panelists and the hands-on work of the program participants who provided ideas from their small groups, we compiled Race in the Boardroom: A Black Paper. The Black Paper’s purpose is to help guide discussion in the corporate boardroom about how boards can think about and respond to systemic racism and racial tensions in our society.


Financial Literacy for Directors

September 15, 2020

Panelists: Maryann Bruce, Wendy Burden, Nora Crouch and Lloyd Johnson

If you would like to receive a link to the Zoom recording of this program and the supporting materials, please contact Jennifer De La Rosa, jdelarosa@unc.edu.


Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat

May 21, 2020

2020 Panelists:

  • Maryann Bruce, board of Amalgamated Bank, formerly boards of PNC Funds and PNC Advantage Funds; MBIA, Inc.; Atlanta Life Financial Group; Allianz Global Investors
  • Wendy Burden, board of Just Born, Inc.
  • Dorlisa Flur, boards of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.; Hibbett Sports, Inc.; and United States Cold Storage (USCS)
  • Kimberly Hoover, boards of Revere Bank, UPIC Health, LLC
  • Lloyd Johnson, boards of Apogee Enterprises, Inc.; AARP; and AARP Foundation
  • Alexander Lowry, Founder and Host, Boardroom Bound Podcast; boards of the Private Directors Association; and 2020 Women on Boards, Boston Chapter
  • Rebecca New, RSR Partners (In 2019, 94% of elected board candidates sourced by RSR were diverse)

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