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I’d like to get onto a corporate board. Any advice?

Updated: Mar 9, 2021

Question: "Somer, I’d like to get onto a corporate board. Any advice?” – CTO, CDO, about once a month


I get it. This is a common question.

What an opaque process.

Read this book:

Into the Boardroom: How to Get Your First Seat on a Corporate Board, by D.K. Light & K.S. Pushor

It came recommended to me, and I’d like to recommend it to you.

My favorite quote:

“No one gets on a board by saying they want to get on a board.”

(P128, hardcover, said by William H. Gray, III, President of United Negro College Fund and board member of eight publicly traded companies)

It’s not easy, but not random.

This demystifies the process and how to be invited to the conversation.

A good weekend read while it's >100 degrees in TX :)


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