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Securing Your First Board Seat: Intro to Board Service

February 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST

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Want to join a board but stymied by the process? Participants will take away strategic tools and gain expertise to help secure their first public or private company board seats.

Serving on a Board of Directors signifies professional accomplishment – and at the same time, allows you to share the experiences you have cultivated throughout your career.

Many of your colleagues in the Patina Nation community have asked how to begin their journey toward a well-earned Board seat. Please join us as guest presenter Alexander Lowry, Professor at Gordon College, walks us through the fundamentals of Boards. He’ll share how many have found Board opportunities that are suited for them. Alexander is an award-winning board member, sought-after speaker, frequent media source, and host of the popular Boardroom Bound podcast.

Patrick O'BrienExpect time for Q&A with Alexander and his guest Patrick O’Brien. Patrick brings additional views from the Boardroom – he is a former CEO, current Board Chairman, and Board Member with extensive experience and proven results in growing consumer and global brands, in both private and public manufacturing companies. Patrick has experience serving on five Boards.

Participants receive a strategic, customizable roadmap after the event. It’s a tool to help you map your way toward your first public or private company board seat.

Online Webinar & Discussion
Guest Presenters
Roadmap and Resources

Everyone new to Boards. Those interested in exploring Board roles, hearing-related experiences, and learning how to begin the pursuit of a Board position.

February 9
11:30 am through 1 pm central/Chicago


The Agenda
• Board Opportunities Overview – the spectrum of opportunities, including paid – public company; paid – private company; nonprofit.
• What Boards Look For
• Real Stories from the Boardroom: Advantages, Rewards & Recognition
• Real Stories from the Boardroom: Pitfalls & Pain Points
• Developing Your Action Plan to Land a Board Seat
• Your Checklist: What prospective board members need
• Q&A with Guest Presenter Patrick O’Brien, who has experience serving on five Boards
• Resources to move toward your goals

About Your Host

Alexander Lowry Alexander Lowry is a nationally recognized board member and respected governance expert often referred to as “the Conscience of the Board” due to his ability to bring a unique perspective from 20+ years as a successful global C-Suite advisor and 15+ years impacting the boardroom.

He is a frequent speaker at universities and organizations, including NACD’s Global Summit, The Wharton School, and State Street. Alexander is widely cited in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Economist, and Forbes, as an advisor on emerging governance issues. He hosts the podcast, Boardroom Bound.


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February 9
11:30 am - 1:00 pm CST
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