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Serving on a corporate or non-profit board is an excellent opportunity for you to gain skills and visibility and broaden your network.

Plus, representation matters: not only to the performance of the companies and organizations who have more women on their boards, but to women who see other women on boards and can then imagine it for themselves (“If you can see it, you can be it”).

I’ve served on several boards over the years and the relationships I’ve made have been such an important part of building Speaking Your Brand.

My guest is Shireen Motara, who consults with companies and agencies like the United Nations on gender equality and women’s rights, including board diversity.

This is a deep conversation about:

  • How Shireen became interested in gender equality at a young age
  • Why companies benefit from having more women on their boards
  • Why there are so few women on boards
  • What it looks like to serve on a board
  • How to let organizations know you’re interested
  • The skills you gain by serving on a board

Download the free PDF guide “What You Need to Know to be Board Ready”:

About My Guest: Shireen Motara is deeply passionate about the potential of Women, Entrepreneurs and Africa, and has a lifelong commitment to social change. For over two decades, Shireen has been working and volunteering for social justice. She’s held roles in management, coaching, executive leadership and consulting in South Africa, SADC and the United Kingdom. She volunteers her time to serve as a non-executive director on various boards and as a mentor to entrepreneurs. Her background qualifications include coaching, law, HR and business administration.

About Us: The Speaking Your Brand podcast is hosted by Carol Cox. At Speaking Your Brand, we help women entrepreneurs and professionals create their signature talks and gain more visibility to achieve their goals. Our mission is to get more women in positions of influence and power: on stages, in businesses, on boards, in the media, in politics, and in our communities. Check out our coaching programs and workshops at


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