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WITI Members in Corporate Boardrooms. Is Serving on a Corporate Board your Next Career?

Presenter: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of 2020 Women on Boards

As of January 1st, 2019, the historic California law was enacted. SB 826 is the first law in the nation to require public companies to have three women on their boards by year-end 2021. This will lead to a phenomenal 1,060 women who will be filling those seats! No surprise - many technology companies have NO women directors on their boards. So how should WITI members use their technology experience as value-added to corporate boards of public and private equity-owned companies?

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire is the CEO of 2020 Women on Boards, the national/global campaign to accelerate women into corporate boardrooms. She also owns a retained executive search firm in Los Angeles, so she knows the inside secrets of how board searches are handled - very confidentially! Betsy is also the author of "The Board Game" books - the second one will be released in mid-September.

During this webinar, Betsy will share the three keys to getting on corporate boards:

- Strategic networking with people who know people who currently serve on boards
- Industry visibility as a digital or technology expert
- Prior board experience

Whether your potential board directorship is right around the corner and you just need to know what to do to be noticed, OR, if you are in mid-career, you want to think strategically about how to someday be selected by corporate boards. This webinar is for you!

In January 2018, Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire was named national CEO of the 501c3 nonprofit public awareness campaign called "2020 Women on Boards" dedicated to achieving at least 20% of all public company board seats held by women by the year 2020. Its website tracks the Russell 3000 Index companies in the U.S. citing how many women are on each board, if any. As of 2018, the national statistic is 17.7% of all board seats in the Russell 3000 are held by women; and one-fourth of all public companies don’t have any women directors.

Author of the book "The Board Game - How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors," with 10,000 copies in distribution nationally, Betsy explains how 58 women directors found their first board seats. For 17 years, Betsy chaired the Los Angeles/Orange County chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), a global nonprofit network of women serving on public and private boards. She is a frequent keynote speaker throughout the U.S.

Based in downtown Los Angeles, Betsy co-founded Berkhemer Clayton Inc. 25 years ago, specializing in senior management Communications, Marketing, Finance and Board searches for corporations, universities and large nonprofits. Client companies include Bank of America, GAP, Mattel, Toyota USA, Ross Stores, Southern California Gas Company, Sempra, Kaiser Permanente, Tournament of Roses, City of Hope, UCLA, USC, Chapman University, American Lung Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles, and more.

Since 2000, she has served on the statewide board of the National Association of Women Business Owners-California (NAWBO-CA), representing the issues and interests of 1.5 million women business owners in CA. She was on board of Southern California Leadership Network (SCLN) for 25 years, and the advisory boards of Edison (SCE) and UCLA Medical Center.