I have sat on countless boards. Each has such a different dynamic. Some of them are extremely productive while others are just checking the box.
Running a company is so multi-layered and managing your board is just one piece. You want people on your board where each is just a sum of the whole part. Wise smart people who have had the experience of a component that is essential to growth and success. People who will make running the company easier for their advice, counsel and roll-up-the-sleeves attitude. A solid board can make all the difference in the world.
As I move into 2020, I am hoping to use the knowledge, experience, and catalyst in me to join boards that are past the start-up stage. Taking companies from the kick-off line to the tenth or even twentieth-yard line is something I have learned so much about from countless angles. I have been involved in fiscal responsibility, the investors around the table (if there are any), hiring the next team, the investors the companies want to engage with on next rounds and how they look at companies, who get involved and who doesn’t, how people look at the value of their investments, how those bumps along the way are pretty consistent for everyone….essentially I have been in many movies and I know how they can end.
I am ready for a new challenge. I want to use the knowledge I have gained and put it towards companies that are more mature yet still entrepreneurial. They could be trying to grow from the 40-yard line to the 60 or it could be the 60-80. I want to be involved in things that interest me and sitting around a table with people I can learn from as much as they can learn from me.
I have started to “date”. I have found a few that really interest me and we will see if it happens. I have talked to some that concern me so that is not what I want to step in to. I don’t have the classic education that some are looking for such as an MBA. I tend to be controversial and ask a lot of questions. I did not take the straight path. So if you know of any company that is looking for a female board member because we know they all so need us, then send me a note.