Over recent months, I've shared a number of stories bemoaning the lack of diversity in the boardroom - so, it's a pleasure to share this article from INSEAD discussing how females can get access to the board and make a success of it. The story includes three case studies that discuss how specific female Directors found a way into the boardroom and made a success of it when they arrived.
Well worth a read for anyone looking to follow the same path.
Now a seasoned, full-time board advisor, Marieke recommends starting with a non-profit. As you garner experience and exposure, it can easily lead to further invitations to take on more prominent roles, since many non-profit board members also advise larger corporations. Furthermore, Marieke believes that women should try to join non-executive boards while still working full-time. Not only is this path less risky, but it also goes a long way towards establishing your credibility and preventing perceptions of tokenism.