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WIN 2019

Leadership and Executive Development for women of all races, cultures and backgrounds

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24 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N W i n t e r 2 0 1 9 d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Carolyn M. Brown S hellye Archambeau, former CEO of MetricStream, which pro- vides government, risk, and com- pliance solutions to corporations, is a member of three corporate boards, including Verizon. She says serving on a board provides "great personal and profes- sional growth." At some point in your career, you may want to serve on a corporate board. Archambeau explains that there are two ways people are selected: either they're tapped by a global executive search firm, such as Boyden or Spencer Stuart, which is hired to compile a list of candidates for consideration, or they're recommended for a board seat by a sitting board mem- ber. In both cases, the person must then be approved by the shareholders. Being recommended in the first place depends on your desirability as a candi- date. us, knowing how to prepare for a board position and how to position your- self in the best light possible can go a long way in helping you achieve your goal. How to prepare Archambeau has held executive posi- tions at several companies. She knew that she wanted to serve on boards and help other companies, especially en- trepreneurs, in the "phase two" plan of her career, so she set out to get board experience while leading MetricStream. ISTOCKPHOTOS Accelerate Joining a corporate board is a key to advancement—and leveling the gender playing field. Here's how to prepare. Own that Coveted Board Seat "It would help me be a better CEO be- cause I'd see how other companies were run, but I would also have a track record of serving on a board," she says. Archambeau says she "proactively treated getting her first board position as if she were looking for a job." She focused on three steps: 1. trying to identify and meet the rele- vant people in companies who recruit- ed for boards; 2. conducting research to understand key skills that boards were recruiting for at the time, and matching her abilities to those skills; 3. determining the areas she wanted to stress and articulating how she could add value. Her efforts were successful. While still at MetricStream, Archambeau was We Mean Business >

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