Have you ever considered joining a corporate board, or are you waiting for someone to ask you? The truth is, women are incredibly underrepresented. According to a report from Deloitte Global, women make up just 15% of corporate boards worldwide. That’s up from 12% in 2015. So why is there such a gap?
Host Mary McCarthy spoke with Jeanette Armbrust of Skyline Exhibits about why this could be happening, and why women should go after these board positions. Armbrust has served on served on several boards, including local and national chapters of NAWBO, National Association of Women Business Owners.
“I didn’t really think about it until I was asked. My advice for women would be to ask about the opportunities that are out there, because I think sometimes we’ll join committees, but women have a tendency unless we’re asked to do something, we tend to not want to put ourselves out there, or step out of our comfort zone.” ~ Jeanette Armbrust
Armbrust says serving on corporate boards have made her a better small business leader.
“I have learned to be more collaborative, and… I’ve really learned by serving on a board that being a good leader is also about asking a lot of questions, and finding out other options and other ideas. And so for me, I think that is one of the benefits. I’ve become a better leader.”
What You Will Learn in this 15-Minute Podcast:
- How you can get involved in corporate boards
- Why there is a lack of women taking these positions
- Factors to consider when deciding if it’s the right time for you to pursue a corporate board position
- What to expect if you join a corporate board
Information Updated: October 2017
Jeanette Armbrust Managing Director at Skyline Exhibits Greater Los Angeles
Formerly: Skyline Exhibits of Central Ohio, LLC
2843 Charter Street
Columbus, OH 43228