Changing the Image of Today’s Board Members

by TK Kerstetter for Boardmember – The Board BlogJune 8th, 2011.

It has been a whirlwind board member tour the last several weeks and I’ve had personal contact with hundreds of corporate directors. First, I was a guest at the Women’s Corporate Directors Institute where I shared war stories with a small portion of our country’s current diverse board member group. From there I traveled to Corporate Board Member’s Chairman/CEO Peer Forum to host our annual event that brings company and board leadership together to discuss how successful companies handle communications between the CEO and the board. This was a treat, mostly because of the great lineup of speakers who gave attendees some substantial points of view to discuss in the peer groups. CEOs and chairman/lead directors met separately in the morning peer sessions and they were mixed together in the afternoon. The feedback on those sessions let us know that most attendees favored being in the mixed sessions, where the views of each board and management leader were candidly shared and one was able to measure his organization against some very successful CEO/chairman duos who discussed how they make sure both board and management are pulling in the same direction. Still, it was clear in the end that one size doesn’t fit all, as we noted successful leadership structures in many different forms. And finally, yesterday I hosted our Board Education Program informational webinar to review our newly launched voluntary continuing education program. (If you missed it but wanted to hear about the program go to While I didn’t get to speak face to face with anyone during the webinar (questions were asked over the computer which I repeated) I participated in numerous follow-up phone calls with directors and corporate secretaries, as people had many unique board situations to discuss. Being a problem-solver at heart, I probably enjoyed that interaction the most, because I was truly in a problem-solving mode and felt people were very appreciative. (continue reading… )



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