We are excited to share our new governance partnership with:
The Fourth Floor
The Fourth Floor is a market network dedicated to getting more women on boards and cap tables of companies of all sizes – including startups – as a way to initiate or advance their board careers. The Fourth Floor also supports women entrepreneurs,
angels, aspiring limited partners and women-led funds through access to funding and growth opportunities by leveraging advisory and governing boards and the Back Room Investment Club. To learn more, visit https://thefourthfloor.co/home
June 21-22, 2022
VETERANS IN BUSINESS AND LAW
Leadership, The Culture Continuum and Successfully Transitioning
from the Battlefield to the Business World
Dr. Donna Hamlin will present
From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: Veterans as Corporate Directors
The Fourth Floor, the market network for women founders, board candidates and investors, today announced the soft launch of their Pay It Forward Initiative.
The Pay It Forward Initiative incentivizes companies to think about boards differently by providing an easy way to bring diversity into the boardroom, empower women executives to initiate or advance for-profit board careers and save money on recruiting costs.
“The partners joining us in this initiative have signed a pledge stating their commitment to close the gender, wealth and funding gaps by diversifying boardrooms and cap tables, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the strong corporate response to such an important mission,” said The Fourth Floor founder Breen Sullivan. “We knew there was potential to drive systemic change on a much larger scale and make a dent in the
gender wealth and funding gap if we could incentivize the entire business community-male-led companies included- to commit to tangible steps that would make diversity at the board level a reality and ensure a steady stream of board opportunities and qualifiedcandidates.”
The Fourth Floor is actively accepting partnership pledges through the Pay It Forward partnership (for all companies who are seeking to diversify their boards and support the
women executives) and the Greater Impact partnership (for innovation labs,accelerators and funds, B2B and professional service firms, NGOs, communities and government agencies who are invested in leveling the playing field for women, including founders who need access to funding).
Recent moves by NASDAQ (diversify or delist), the Securities and Exchange Commission and players like Goldman Sachs, not to mention the legislation in California requiring board diversity, make it clear we need an efficient, transparent ‘Market
Network’ for diverse board candidates sooner rather than later. The Pay It Forward Initiative has potential to spearhead this transformation by enlisting thousands of companies between now and 2025 to take a pledge and accelerate the change that is already in the air.
“After committing to invest time and money in creating opportunities for advancement within their own companies or client and portfolio companies, Pay It Forward and Greater Impact partners earn a seal to display as a symbol of their commitment to diversity and equality,” said de Haen. “They also earn credits for each board career they help initiative or advance, which helps us reach our goal of initiating or advancing 75,000 board careers by the end of 2025. Think Good Housekeeping seal meets carbon
offset credits for DE&I.”
To take the pledge to close the gender wealth and funding gap by diversifying boardrooms and cap tables, sign your company up as a Pay It Forward or Greater Impact Partner here: https://thefourthfloor.co/pay-it-forward-initiative
Partners and supporters include: The Innovation Space, NYSERDA, Boardwise,Stella, Ad Astra, Corporate Counsel Business Journal, PEWIN, Bright Power, Trulieve,
AHP Servicing, Archetype, and many more. The Fourth Floor estimates it has alreadyaggregated 470 company partners which means launching with a minimum of close to
1500 board careers.
ARE YOU READY FOR BOARD WORK AHEAD?
Governance and director duties are growing as boards address simultaneous challenges on hot topics.
Cybersecuirty Risk ESG
DEI Artiial Intelligence Digital Transformation
Prepare yourself by registering for our Gold Standard upcoming Board Professional Expert Certification Program.
Two Programs Available
May 6 - July 1
July 8 - Sept 2
Seats are Limited, so sign up soon! https://boardwise.biz/board-certification-program.html
TOPICS AND CONTENT
This program has two components.
INITIAL ORIENTATION –assessment and personal one-one one video call with Boardwise expert
Participants complete an online Board Bona Fide® assessment to establish current board readiness. You have a one-hour private session with a board expert coach to review your profile; discuss what type of board is the best match and explore suggestions for how to achieve your goal to serve on a board.
GOVERNANCE EDUCATION SESSIONS– live educational sessions online
The live interactive program includes nine sessions, each of which is two hours.
Governance Sessions Topics
FUNDAMENTALS OF BOARD SERVICE
BOARD’S ROLE IN STRATEGY AND INNOVATION
BOARDS AND BIG DECISIONS: CYBER&BIO SECURITY AND RISK MANAGEMENT
BOARDS AND BIG DECISIONS: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DECISION-MAKING
BOARDS AND BIG DECISIONS: ROLE OF BOARDS IN THE DIGITAL AGE
THE CEO, YOUR BOARD STYLE AND BOARD DYNAMICS
SOLUTIONS FOR SPECIFIC CHALLENGES
Why This Program?
Taught by world-class global experts in corporate governance, you will:
Learn the latest in governance issues and how to manage them;
Prioritize board roles and responsibilities;
Understand the economic, legal, reputation and fiduciary responsibilities of directors;
Feel empowered to ask the right questions and make important decisions
Understand and improve your effectiveness on a board;
Learn about best practices forevaluating company financial and strategic performance;
Improve committee effectiveness and personal director contributions;
Consider ways to improve board mix, meeting effectiveness, relationships with shareholders and stakeholders and increase overall corporate reputation;
Compare practices and ideas with director colleagues from other companies who participate;
Become a more effective, knowledgeable leader in corporate governance.
Faculty for the Program
Dr. Donna Hamlin Professor Dr. Fred van Eenennaam
Jen McClure Marilyn Nagel
Join those board directors who understand: board learning is a permanent commitment.
We have two offerings of this program remaining this year. Learn more and register at