Rise Up To Achieve Your Full Potential.

Rise Up To Achieve Your Full Potential.

Black Women On Boards (BWOB) is an organization that aims to remove the invisible obstacles that Black female executives face when pursuing board membership. Our comprehensive approach helps candidates build visibility, expand networks, prepare them for future board responsibilities, and gain sponsorships.

Members learn through regular meetings and special events, including workshops, webinars, individual coaching sessions, panel discussions and conferences. When board opportunities become available, we match candidates with businesses that offer the best fit, which in turn, propels these leaders as well as their companies to even greater success.

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we’re helping Black female executives Achieve board membership

Together, Merline and Robin, identified and addressed the most common invisible barriers that make it tough for Black women to land board opportunities. They formalized an approach that prepares candidates for success, created a digital platform for ease of access, and at last, BWOB was launched. Learn more about our founders below:

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Merline
Saintil

founder

Merline Saintil is a Fortune 500 board director and lead director at Rocket Lab. She also serves on the boards of TD Synnex, GitLab, Evolv Technology, Lightspeed Commerce, and Alkami Technology. She has served as the chair of all committees on both public and venture-backed boards except audit.

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our team
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Robin
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founder

Robin L. Washington is a Fortune 500 board member of Alphabet, Honeywell, and Salesforce.com. She also serves as chair of leadership development and compensation committee for Alphabet and chair of the audit committee for Salesforce.

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Our Story

There is no shortage of talented Black women executives in the corporate world. And yet, there is a mind-boggling shortage of Black women on boards around the world. The tide is turning, thanks to increased awareness of the importance of diversity. Research now shows that diverse boards deliver better results and large investors like State Street Global Advisors are asking public companies to increase their board diversity.

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Our Mission

To provide visibility, networks and sponsorships that propel black female leaders into board seats.

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Our Vision

Empowering Black female executives to make an impact in the boardroom.

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meet our
Advisory Committee

Our advisory committee members are CEOs, industry leaders, and venture partners who want to use their expertise and influence to help prepare, place, and propel Black women executives.

Latest News & articles

Paula Pretlow is appointed to Williams-Sonoma's Board of Directors

Paula Pretlow is appointed to Williams-Sonoma's Board of Directors

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) announced that Paula Pretlow has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will also become a member of the Company’s Audit and Finance Committee.

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Robinhood Markets Welcomes Dara Treseder, CMO of Peloton to its Board of Directors.

Robinhood Markets Welcomes Dara Treseder, CMO of Peloton to its Board of Directors.

Robinhood Markets (NASDAQ: HOOD) Welcomes Dara Treseder to its Board of Directors. Today, we’re thrilled to share that Dara Treseder has been appointed as the newest member of Robinhood Markets’ Board of Directors. Dara will join the Board effective November 1, 2021.

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Ebony Beckwith is appointed to Poshmark's Board of Directors

Ebony Beckwith is appointed to Poshmark's Board of Directors

Poshmark, Inc. (NASDAQ: POSH), a leading social marketplace for new and secondhand style for women, men, kids, pets, home and more, today announced it has appointed Ebony Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce and CEO of the Salesforce Foundation, to its board of directors.

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Paula Pretlow is appointed to Williams-Sonoma's Board of Directors

Paula Pretlow is appointed to Williams-Sonoma's Board of Directors

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) announced that Paula Pretlow has been appointed to its Board of Directors and will also become a member of the Company’s Audit and Finance Committee.

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Robinhood Markets Welcomes Dara Treseder, CMO of Peloton to its Board of Directors.

Robinhood Markets Welcomes Dara Treseder, CMO of Peloton to its Board of Directors.

Robinhood Markets (NASDAQ: HOOD) Welcomes Dara Treseder to its Board of Directors. Today, we’re thrilled to share that Dara Treseder has been appointed as the newest member of Robinhood Markets’ Board of Directors. Dara will join the Board effective November 1, 2021.

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Ebony Beckwith is appointed to Poshmark's Board of Directors

Ebony Beckwith is appointed to Poshmark's Board of Directors

Poshmark, Inc. (NASDAQ: POSH), a leading social marketplace for new and secondhand style for women, men, kids, pets, home and more, today announced it has appointed Ebony Beckwith, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Salesforce and CEO of the Salesforce Foundation, to its board of directors.

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frequently asked questions

What type of organization is this?

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How do I qualify for membership? Can anyone join?

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How do you help Board candidates land a position?

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