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Sheila RonningCEO and FounderWomen in the Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn:

Leadership & networking expert and board strategist, Sheila Ronning is a trailblazer in working towards gender equality in the boardroom. In 2002 she founded Women in the Boardroom with a revolutionary vision to create an environment where women could assist other women in achieving their leadership and corporate board service goals. In less than 15 years, she has scaled Women in the Boardroom from concept to membership organization with global reach across multiple industries, and influence in private and public boardrooms, including Fortune 100 companies.

Sheila has built an impressive track record in connecting influential female executives with the people and tools they need to succeed in business and the boardroom. She uses her powerful network to help women achieve their goals of obtaining board membership, sharing more than 100 board openings with Women in the Boardroom VIPs. Sheila’s accolades and accomplishments include a spot on prestigious “40 Under Forty,” membership of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Insider network, and with features in Washington Post, ForbesWoman and WSJ. A subject matter expert on board diversity and leadership, Sheila is also a sought-after speaker who, with characteristic candor, advises women to always “show up, stand up and speak up.”

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why her mentor was a big reason she got started with the work she does
  • The different types of boards and where to start 
  • Understanding the expectations of being on a board
  • Why women need to show they are interested and how to do that
  • What skills boards are seeking in their members 
  • What the real job is of board members and how to protect your reputation
  • How to know if you are qualified to serve on a certain board
  • Understanding your ‘why’ of serving on a board 
  • The average amount of time it takes to get on a corporate board 
  • What her organization does and how they help women in their desire to get on boards

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