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Women On Board



Insider Secrets to Getting on a Board and
Succeeding as a Director


By Nancy Calderon and Susan Stautberg

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Opening the tightly guarded doors of the boardroom, Women on Board shows the way for directors to achieve high performance and be an essential part of a high-functioning board.


This new book by KPMG’s Nancy Calderon and WomenCorporateDirectors’ Susan Stautberg prepares women to take their seat at the boardroom table – and to thrive and add significant value once they get there. Board service today requires a more complex set of skills, experiences, and leadership styles than ever before, making Women on Board essential reading both for women considering a directorship and for women currently serving on boards of public companies, private/family firms, or nonprofit organizations.




 Readers will discover:

• How to make your board of directors “visionary”
• Secrets to getting on the slate as a board candidate
• The often unspoken “rules” of how a board really gets things done
• The art of collaboration: working with management
• Candid interviews with women directors from around the world who share their “lessons learned”
• Insights from Chairmen, CEOs, search executives, and experts in governance, audit, compensation, risk and crisis
management, and succession planning
• Family/Private Company Board best practices
• How to encourage the board to spend less time looking backward and more time looking forward
• The business case for diversity on boards




About the Authors



Nancy Calderon is a Global Lead Partner at KPMG LLP, a board member of KPMG’s Global Delivery Center Ltd in India, and is a senior advisor to the firm’s Audit Committee Institute. Nancy serves on the WomenCorporateDirectors Advisory Board and is a Vice-President of the Greater New York YMCA Board, chairing both the Audit and Compensation Committees. She leads a global team of 500 partners and professionals in more than 50 countries providing a wide range of services to a Fortune 20 company and its customers.  


Susan Stautberg is the CEO, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD), the only global membership organization and community of women who serve on corporate and large family/private company boards. Susan co-founded OnBoard Bootcamp, which provides an insider’s guide on how to be selected to be a Corporate, Private Company or Advisory Board Director, and Partnercom, which creates and manages advisory boards around the world.


E-book ISBN # 978-0-692-26295-5

Paperback ISBN # 978-0-692-26294-8


Advance Praise for Women On Board:

 “Today, more and more corporate boards are recognizing that gender diversity is a business imperative and a critical element in sustaining successful enterprises. Increasing the number of women in leadership positions has to be a priority, not only because it is the right thing to do, but also because it is essential to building a high performance organization. We have the highest female representation on KPMG’s U.S. board in our history, and we know it makes us a stronger organization. Diversity in senior leadership is important in achieving the inclusive culture we strive for at KPMG.”
 John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG and Chairman and CEO of KPMG in the U.S.
 “There’s no question that one of the greatest forces of the 21st century will be women’s economic empowerment around the world. As more women start their own businesses, participate on corporate boards, and lead companies, governments and civil society organizations, we will not only create a more just world, but a healthier, safer, and more sustainable world as well. The Coca Cola Company benefits enormously from the leadership of our four women board members. WomenCorporateDirectors is an important catalyst in this movement, and one we’re proud to support through the active
engagement of two of our senior women leaders at Coca Cola – Ceree Eberly, our Chief People Officer, and Beatriz Perez, our Chief Sustainability Officer.”
 Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca Cola Company

“The more I leaned into the championing of equal opportunity, I also found that it was in the self interest of organizations to search out and advance capable women, as those organizations seemed to prosper and perform at a higher level when they fully leveraged the diversity of their resource base.”
 Doug Conant, chairman of Avon Products, founder and CEO of ConantLeadership, chairman of Kellogg Executive
Leadership Institute of Northwestern University and former president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company




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