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Boardroom INSIDER for… MAY


Spring proxy season brings a tight focus on how well the world’s major public companies manage their corporate governance (with activist funds and investors ready to prod the laggards).  But what about the millions of smaller, younger, venture, family and closely-held corporations out there?  What about the quality of their boards and governance?

For these smaller fry around the globe, “a strong early governance backstop may be even more important,” writes publisher and speaker Ralph Ward, in the May issue of online monthly Boardroom INSIDER.  Even a little early attention to such basics as sound board charters and bylaws, proper board meetings, and good board agendas, minutes and paperwork “pays rich compound interest down the road,” notes Ward.  Venture disputes between founders and funders work out more smoothly, and later liquidity events are easier (and more remunerative) with an impressive early governance history.  Also, adding early board members outside the small circle of founders, funders and family boosts results and diversity.

Articles in the MAY issue include:

  • Your board and ESG – How do you make oversight work?
  • Tips for effective REIT governance.
  • New BI video series – Making virtual board meetings succeed.
  • Q&A: How is preparing for online board meetings different?

CONTACT: Tel 1+989-833-7615 or via email

Ralph Ward’s latest book, Board Seeker: Your Guidebook and Career Map into the Corporate Boardroom (Business Expert Press) gathers 20 years’ experience in board counseling and research to give “board wannabes” the steps and insights needed to craft a successful board search campaign.
— Here’s why you have more “board experience” than you think (and why your current resume hides it).
— How women can jump the career obstacles they face into the boardroom.
— Finding your board search mentors and networks.
— How board searches really work (and how to turn flaws in the process to your advantage).
— Gaining the attention of board contacts and search firms.
— Prepping for a board interview… and for your first board meeting.


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