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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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Robin
Washington

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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Memberships

Talented Black female leaders with senior executive experience may apply for Black Women on Boards membership in complete confidence.

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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

Nasdaq welcomes BWOB, the organization that is accelerating the placement of Black women on the boards of private and public companies through workshops & networking.

Nasdaq looks forward to following along as BWOB continues to make history!

Nasdaq welcomes BWOB, the organization that is accelerating the placement of Black women on the boards of private and public companies through workshops & networking.

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The global organization works to get more Black women on boards of directors and celebrated Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black woman to serve on the board of directors in 1971 at IBM.

Black Women on Boards ring opening bell and honor trailblazer

The global organization works to get more Black women on boards of directors and celebrated Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black woman to serve on the board of directors in 1971 at IBM.

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Black Women on Boards (BWOB) is a new global organization that took notice of the significant gap of Black female executives that are missing from board positions and has taken action since then. Founded in 2020, the organization’s efforts have created more visibility for the underrepresented group — 16 Black women on private, public, and advisory boards to date.

Black Women On Boards Announces Accelerator Program To Place Black Female Executives In More Board Roles

Black Women on Boards (BWOB) is a new global organization that took notice of the significant gap of Black female executives that are missing from board positions and has taken action since then. Founded in 2020, the organization’s efforts have created more visibility for the underrepresented group — 16 Black women on private, public, and advisory boards to date.

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Nasdaq looks forward to following along as BWOB continues to make history!

Nasdaq looks forward to following along as BWOB continues to make history!

Nasdaq welcomes BWOB, the organization that is accelerating the placement of Black women on the boards of private and public companies through workshops & networking.

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Black Women on Boards ring opening bell and honor trailblazer

Black Women on Boards ring opening bell and honor trailblazer

The global organization works to get more Black women on boards of directors and celebrated Patricia Roberts Harris, the first Black woman to serve on the board of directors in 1971 at IBM.

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Black Women On Boards Announces Accelerator Program To Place Black Female Executives In More Board Roles

Black Women On Boards Announces Accelerator Program To Place Black Female Executives In More Board Roles

Black Women on Boards (BWOB) is a new global organization that took notice of the significant gap of Black female executives that are missing from board positions and has taken action since then. Founded in 2020, the organization’s efforts have created more visibility for the underrepresented group — 16 Black women on private, public, and advisory boards to date.

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The Swopes auction is live NOW on Flow Versus!

The Swopes auction is live NOW on Flow Versus!

The Elise Swopes auction is live NOW on Flow Versus! This artwork's auction is in support of BWOB and their mission to make sure Black women are on private and public boards of large companies

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Local woman rings NASDAQ opening bell

Local woman rings NASDAQ opening bell

A historic moment at NASDAQ Tuesday as African-American women who sit on executive boards across the country rang the opening bell. It's all part of a moment to both recognize and expand opportunities for Black women to serve on executive boards of the nation's biggest companies. New Orleans native Deb Elam took part in the bell ringing.

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Evolv Technology provides a special welcome and security for BWOB

Evolv Technology provides a special welcome and security for BWOB

EvolvTechnology - thank you for the special welcome & securing BWOB! Members and all visitors this week as we made history ringing the opening bell Nasdaq on 2/8. It's on honor to serve on your board.

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BetterUp CEO and Prince Harry talk about BWOB partnership

BetterUp CEO and Prince Harry talk about BWOB partnership

One of the earliest decisions we had to make in founding BetterUp was whether or not it should be created as a not-for-profit or for-profit enterprise. It was a serious question. We first met through volunteering with Youth Leadership America, and we connected around inspiring these young individuals.

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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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