CHAPTER 11

Don’t Overlook These Boardroom Possibilities

As mentioned earlier, we think of “getting on a board” as gaining a seat with a corporation, private or public. But there are many intriguing boardroom opportunities outside this fairly narrow band. You may build your chops with a nonprofit, a venture fund’s portfolio firm, or the intriguing but underexplored private equity field.

Some of these are viewed more as apprenticeships—board experience that primarily delivers “seat time” and connections. Others are less conventional opportunities too often overlooked. But all are valuable and crucial milestones along your board-wannabe journey.

Joining the board of a nonprofit often seems an obvious career plus, particularly for rising board wannabes—visibility, ...

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