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 independent director at Rocket Lab. She also serves on the boards of TD Synnex, Evolv Technology, GitLab, Lightspeed Commerce, and Alkami Technology.

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Robin
Washington

founder

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

Our story

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, Merline Saintil found herself in an enviable position: board  opportunities continued to come her way. “I didn’t want to say just, ‘No thank you,’ so I offered a few  names of women who were equally capable but needed some visibility to land a board placement.

“Organically, a process was born. I knew I wanted to create a system that would use that process to  prepare, place and propel successful Black women into board positions.” Merline joined forces with long-time friend and colleague Robin Washington, who shared the same passion to provide opportunities for talented Black female executives. Together, they’ve 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.  

In the first seven months, more than 80 Black women from the U.S., Canada, Asia and Europe joined  BWOB, and the results are now rolling in.  BWOB is truly opening boardroom doors and putting talented Black female executives in their rightful  place: on board seats.

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