By Josephine Victoria Yam, J.D., LLM.
2017 April 23
We are pleased to announce Skills4Good/B3’s new partnership with Women Get On Board (WGOB). WGOB is a leading member-based company based in Toronto that connects, promotes and empowers women to serve on corporate boards.
I was so happy to personally meet Deborah Rosati, WGOB CEO and Co-Founder when I was in Toronto two weeks ago. Deborah is an accomplished corporate director and entrepreneur, having been recognized as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Deborah and I excitedly discussed how our organizations share the common goal of advancing gender diversity in boards. Particularly WGOB advocates for gender diversity in corporate boards while B3 Canada advocates for the same in nonprofit boards.
While in Toronto, I also attended the very successful WGOB event “How to Prepare for Board Interviews". It provided an insightful discussion from seasoned board directors on how to ace corporate board interviews. Interestingly, their advice was very much applicable for those interviewing with nonprofit boards as well. Indeed, the journey from serving on nonprofit boards to serving on corporate boards is an intuitive, natural one. And an important one as well.
In its “Good for Business: A Plan to Promote More Women on Canadian Boards”, the Canadian government set out a national goal of 30% women on boards by 2019 in the corporate and public sectors. The government believes that achieving this goal will give Canada a strategic competitive advantage nationally and internationally. Likewise, an Institute of Corporate Directors survey reports that gender diversity contributes to better board governance and decision-making. Indeed, having more women on boards has become an imperative for good governance.
To learn more about how you can embark on a journey to corporate directorship, visit the WGOB website at womengetonboard.ca.