On Boards Podcast

On Boards Podcast

A company’s Board of Directors or Advisors often has a pivotal role in the success or failure of a business, whether a company or organization lives or dies - - and whether the people who have invested time, money and emotional capital will succeed. On Boards Podcast: A Deep Dive at Driving Business Success, is about everything related to Boards of Directors and Boards of Advisors. Twice a month, in 30 minutes, hear and learn about all aspects of boards and business governance. 
In each episode co-hosts Raza Shaikh and Joe Ayoub interview a guest who has experience with boards - as a board member, a CEO, an investor or an advisor, among other roles, for a conversation on a wide range of topics including: What makes great boards great? What makes a board unsuccessful? How to be a good board member? How to make your board one of the most valuable assets of your company. They discuss public, private, non-profit and start-ups (which they believe is its own category) boards - the work they do, the impact they have and their potential to be profoundly impactful on the organization they serve. On Boards Podcast is for anyone who is a board member, would like serve on a board, is an owner of a business, a member of a non-profit organization, an investor in a business or is interested in Board of Directors or Boards of Advisors or business governance.

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January 8, 2024 42 mins

Stefania Mallett, co-founder and former CEO of ezCater, shares her entrepreneurial journey and insights into effective board governance. She emphasizes the importance of board composition, highlighting the pivotal role of understanding marketplaces and the nuances of investor-backed boards.

 

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Jocelyn Moore, a seasoned board member and former NFL executive, shares her diverse career experiences from Capitol Hill to the boardrooms of major technology companies like DraftKings and OppFi. Jocelyn discusses the intricate journey that led her to influential roles in corporate governance, emphasizing the importance of diversity in leadership and the ethical implications of AI in decision-making. This episo...

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December 3, 2023 29 mins

Paul Braverman was a cultural force behind the growth and success of Wellington Management which currently has over $1.3 trillion under management.  Since retiring in 2007, he has served on over 17 boards of directors, including boards of public and private companies and nonprofit organizations. In this episode we discuss the most important drivers of board success.

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Lisa Spadafora Thompson the founder and CEO of Sturbridge Growth Partners, a virtual network of consultants, thought leaders, and practitioner specializing in growth strategies, talks about her experience as a consultant and how she has used those skill to become an impactful board member. 

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Ian Roffman advises boards, directors and company executives when there is trouble - a government subpoena, a whistleblower complaint, a letter or a phone call from a government regulator.  In this episode we talk about what a board and management should do when this happens - and how they can position themselves in advance for an inquiry by the government.

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Pratt Wiley is the CEO of the Partnership, a 35 year old organization whose mission is to provide leadership development for professionals and executives of color across every stage of a professional's career life cycle. In this episode we will hear about the incredibly impactful work The Partnership has done, and continues to do, to change the lives of many talented people – and the  communities in which we li...

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Ham is an active long-time member of the Boston entrepreneurial community, a seasoned board members, a prolific author on the subject of boards/governance and the founder of the Launchpad Venture Group, one of the driving forces behind organized angel investing in the United States.

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Meghan Juday is a fourth-generation leader and Chairman of the Board of Ideal Industries, a 100+ year old family business.  In this episode Meghan talks about her journey to become the first woman leader in the family business, and some of the lessons about family and governance she learned along the way.

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Alissa Hsu Lynch serves on the board of Pulmonx (NASDAQ: LUNG) which a medical device company and she comes from a diverse career with leadership roles and Johnson & Johnson and Google Cloud. In this episode we discuss digital transformation in healthcare, board’s role and advice for boards.

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Michael Peregrine advises boards of directors on matters of sensitivity and controversy, often in connection with corporate and fiduciary crises. In this episode we discuss examples of such including Silicon Valley Bank and the board’s role, board diversity, the danger of deference to strong CEOs and the challenges that AI raises for boards.

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March 15, 2023 40 mins

In this episode Steve Gullans talks about the board’s role for life biotech startups and IPOs, Scientific Advisory Boards, how therapeutic drug companies are different and orphan drugs – and everything life science.

 

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Maria is the President and CEO of The Chicago Network, a group of women business leaders in the Chicago area whose purpose is to empower women to lead.  In this episode we talk about The Chicago Network, its history, their work on getting more women on boards and important aspects of board diversity

 

 

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Melissa Sampson McMorrow chairs the Tax Department at the law firm of Nutter McClennen & Fish and co-chairs Nutter’s Nonprofit and Social Impact Practice Group. In this episode we talk about models of governance structures for Impact Philanthropy Enterprises - ranging from Newman’s Own to Patagonia. We also discuss Massachusetts guidelines for diversity, equity, and inclusion on the boards of Massachusetts char...

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Maria Castañón Moats is the leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Governance Insights Center and previously served as PwC’s Chief Diversity officer.  In this episode we speak with her about PwC’s 2022 Annual Corporate Directors Survey, which included the views of over 700 public company directors, about the important issues facing boards and how directors view them.

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Jennifer Buras advises clients, primarily senior executives, on career development, including in many instances their first board seat.  In this episode she discusses how to prepare your first board seat – and succeed.

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In this episode, Bridget Ross talks about her career in life sciences and her most recent roles: CEO of a medical device startup, and independent board member of a medical device company; the difference between her private and public company board experience; and the challenge of growing into two new roles during the pandemic.

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Coretha Rushing talks about the important role a Chief People Officer plays in management and on the board.  Many companies say people are their most important asset, in this episode we talk about what an organization should do to reflect that priority.

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Shaz Kahng is a serial CEO and Board Director and with a wealth of experience running companies and businesses and is also an award-winning author of two novels, with a third underway.  In this episode she talks about the power of diverse perspectives on management teams and boards, and the tremendous impact it can have.

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Jane Chwick, the former Co-Chief Operating Officer of Goldman’s technology division, and a seasoned board member, talks about the critical impact of having a technologist on a board.

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From living on a dirt street in rural new Mexico living in poverty as her parents struggled paycheck to paycheck, to rocket scientist, CEO, board member extraordinaire and bestselling author, Sylvia Acevedo’s story is an inspiring story of transformation.

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