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This Peer Group will discuss and support each other issues related to joining a new board - how and when to advocate for your ideas, when to speak in meetings, the right altitude for engagement, keeping “noses in, fingers out,” etc.   Each board is different; group members will help each other developing strategies for success in their own board culture as well as building effective working relationships with the CEO and other board members.  Group members will receive copies of Better Boards Initiatives’ “Advice to New Board Members” as the basis for the first discussion.This peer group is intended to be a safe and space to explore and learn together.


Cate Goethals Chief Journey and Strategy Advisor

Cate Goethals is a certified coach (PCC, CHIC) who works with top executives and aspiring board directors to help them confidently embody their leadership value, transition to bigger or more satisfying roles, and pursue their first board seats. An expert in executive leadership and boardroom trends, I have been coaching leaders for more than three decades. Each client relationship is completely personalized and structured to that individual’s unique goals.

Clients know me for my nurturing yet challenging approach. I ask the precise questions that help leaders discover the answers hidden within. A proponent of authentic leadership, I guide executives to deeper meaning and answers – resulting in an actionable, practical path forward, regardless of their goal. One client describes me as “having changed the trajectory of her career,” while another says I “hold her accountable and helped her realize her full value and potential.” I like to think I offer just the right combination of love and push. I am also a globally recognized expert in boardroom trends, diversity, and strategies for achieving first board seats. As a long-time business professor at University of Washington, my programs include the Foster Women Board Director Development Program, MBA “Women at the Top,” (one of
the Forbes “10 Most Innovative” MBA courses), and Women in Leadership. I serve as an executive coach for Athena Alliance, an Executive Education as a Service platform for top women leaders.

I am co-founder of Better Boards Initiative (BBI), which serves to champion diversity in the boardroom and help new diverse directors contribute from day one. I frequently speak on issues related to leadership development and the benefits of boardroom diversity.

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An Athena team member will facilitate this event to provide an open space for casual dialogue and sharing.

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Peer Group: Succeeding in Your First Board Role

Mon, Dec 26 @ 11:00am PT (1 hr)

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