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June 8, 2021 22 min

Interested in becoming a corporate board director, but confused about what experience you need to be a strong candidate? Do you want to join a corporate board but not sure how? 


If you’ve ever wondered about becoming a corporate board director, this episode is for you.

In This Episode of The Career Rx We’ll Discuss:

  • What a corporate board director actually does
  • The differences among types of boards and roles within them
  • How and why you would become a member of the board
  • Today, I have a special guest, Jean Rush, and we discuss becoming a director on a corporate board: what it is, why you'd want to do it, and how you'd get to do it. She’s a member of 8 boards and gives us an overview of board membership and what it takes to get a seat at the table.Subscribe for next week’s part 2 where we take a deeper dive into becoming a board director.

    By the end of this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of the roles available on nonprofit and public boards, what categories of experience and skills you need to join a board, and how to lay the foundation to get a seat on the board!

    “It’s not what you know or even who you know - it’s who knows you, and who thinks about you when opportunities arise” - Marjorie Stiegler


    In this Episode: 

    [1:05] Introducing guest Jean Rush - former healthcare executive 
    [2:50] Being an attractive and competitive candidate for board service
    [4:00] What can you bring to the board if you’re not a C-suite exec? Lots!
    [5:50] Decide what you want from the board experience
    [7:10] You’re a piece of the bigger puzzle - how to position yourself that way
    [8:00] So, what exactly does a corporate board do? 
    [12:30] “Eyes in and fingers out”
    [13:15] Transferable skills for your your first board director role
    [14:25] The networking opportunities that come with board memberships
    [16:35] It's a service, but it’s not a volunteer job! Board member compensation

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