How one female executive used LinkedIn to land her first-ever board seat

    By: Asha Smith on Mar 18, 2019

    Emma Hinchcliffe writes in Fortune, "Last year, Medidata Solutions realized it had a problem. The pharmaceutical software company had a seven-person board of directors—and all seven were men.

    Chairman and CEO Tarek Sherif knew he needed to diversify the group. But as the board began the search for its next member, Sherif observed an all too common phenomenon: every female referral the board received was an experienced company director who was already sitting on at least one other board. Not only were these executives already stretched thin, but Sherif had already seen for himself the way companies’ reliance on board vets kept otherwise qualified women from landing their first directorship.Case in point: Eileen Schloss, a highly respected human resources executive at Medidata, who had struggled to find a board position as she prepared to retire in 2017. She’d talked to Sherif about the problem—she had never served on a board before, and boards all wanted candidates with experience. “It became very apparent that it’s very hard for a novice board member to find a company to join, and there’s a double standard where it’s even harder if you’re a woman,” Sherif recalls." READ MORE>>

    Released: March 18, 2019, 7:44 am
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