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My 1-Year Goal: Board of Directors…

September 30th, 2009

            There’s always a certain accountability in publicizing your goals, although those goals can also be subject to change due to elements beyond your control. One of the goals that I have set for myself is to secure a Board of Directors seat within the next year. I’m fortunate enough that I have some great mentors and colleagues who currently, or previously, have participated at the Board of Directors level so I’ll have some good guidance. While I have the ability to constantly work with our corporate counsel, who is also well versed in these areas, it’s an entirely different beast actually participating at that level.

 

            Today I was invited to attend a panel discussion that was sponsored by Woodruff-Sawyer and led by Paul Folino, who is the Chairman of Emulex Corporation. During the course of the discussion the panel discussed the basic elements of Board governance, committee involvement, and the value that participating on an external Board brings to your current company. There was also a lengthy discussion about the different dynamics of Board participation to consider, as well as Boards in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

 

            There was some great information shared and I had a number of individuals who openly expressed their willingness to help in the process.  Whether this is a 12- or 18-month effort, I think I would have a great time contributing to a Board and the company I would be serving. I also look forward to sharing more of the details about today’s panel over the coming days.

 

Thanks for reading. . . .

 

Jeffrey Ishmael

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