Getting On Board with Women in the Boardroom

March 24, 2015
Hosted by Bonnie D. Graham

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The Buzz: A seat at the table. Look around the average American corporate board room: women occupy only 1 out of 6 seats. Why should gender imbalance matter to you? How can you get on a board and help other women get there? More broadly, what approaches, policies and strategies could help make this happen? SAP SVP, CLO and series executive producer Jenny Dearborn observes, “The status quo won’t change until we can gently pry open the hands of those controlling our corporate board rooms.” The experts speak. Dr. Dana Ardi, Corporate Anthropology Advisors: “Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” (George Carlin). Dr. Patti Fletcher, IHS and PSDNetwork: “Your job as a transformational leader is not to change people. It is to enable people to change themselves.” Dr. Lauren M. Doliva, Heidrick & Struggles: “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity” (Amelia Earhart). Join us for Getting On Board with Women in the Boardroom.

Game-Changing Women, Presented by SAP

Game-Changing Women, Presented by SAP

Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

For women, the pressure to achieve is stronger, the work hours longer and the struggle for respect and authority is more complex than ever. In this series, powerful women leaders help make sense of it all, sharing their playbooks on how to manage smarter and change your game. Host Bonnie D. Graham invites you to take an additional coffee break with the game-changers. Gain insight into strategies for leadership, career and personal success, with our special series, GAME-CHANGING WOMEN.

Learn how you can become a savvy Transformation Leader who takes your company across the finish line!

GAME-CHANGING WOMEN, presented by SAP, can be heard live every third Tuesday at 9 AM Pacific Time / 12 PM Eastern Time, on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

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Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham

Bonnie D. Graham has been producing and hosting live talk radio since 1998. She is the creator, producer and host of more than 25 weekly business thought leadership talk series presented by SAP under the banner of Coffee Break with Game-Changers Radio, which debuted in 2011. In a uniquely lively, unscripted roundtable discussion format, Game-Changers offers a broad range of expert business and technology insights to a global business audience.

SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device, SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. We do this by extending the availability of software across on-premise installations, on-demand deployments, and mobile devices.

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