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Stepping up to the Board: Building an Effective Career as a Corporate Director

The Conference Board of Canada, April 21, 2016
Recorded Webinar
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No matter where you are in your career, serving as a board director can boost your creative energy, enhance your personal brand, and expand your areas of expertise. However, joining a board is no walk in the park; contributing members are required to devote a great deal of time and energy, do a lot of hard work, have great judgment, and much more. Indeed, being a director is a big commitment, and the path leading up to this honor—the efforts it takes to land a board position—is no different. So how can you be sure you’re ready?

Join Tamara Paton—a corporate director and board consultant who serves on the boards of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Meridian Credit Union, Carson-Dellosa Publishing and ServoAnnex—as she shares her step by step daily habits and initiatives you can take to build your board career. This session will help you to understand the implications of being a successful board member, self-evaluate your preparedness, and determine the areas you need to improve. Don’t miss this chance to learn how to strategically chart a path that compliments the stage of your career, develop networking skills that will allow you to communicate the “why” and the “what” of your aspirations, and shift your thinking to “I am now ready today, to join a Board of Directors”.

Webinar Highlights

During this one-hour discussion, Tamara will explore:

  • Board expectations and how to self-evaluate your preparedness for a board career;
  • Clearly articulating the reason why you are interested in board service;
  • Charting the most appropriate board career path;
  • Networking tips to build and foster relationships;

This Webinar is ideal for those who wish to:

  • Take the next step in their career by joining their first board;
  • Progress their already-existing board career by exploring additional paths;
  • Refresh their skills and increase their professional presence; and
  • Expand their network and enhance their personal brand.

About Tamara

Photo of Tamara PatonTamara Paton is a corporate director and board consultant. Tamara serves on the boards of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Meridian Credit Union, Carson-Dellosa Publishing and ServoAnnex. You might also find her in the boardrooms of other organizations, where Tamara facilitates strategic discussions among those transforming media, digital commerce and other innovative consumer-facing sectors.

Tamara also supports aspiring corporate directors as they enter and thrive in the boardroom. She is the creator of The Boardroom Blueprint, an online program that demystifies how leaders can launch and build board careers. Fresh blog posts on board career building appear each week at tamarapaton.com

Tamara earned an MBA from The Wharton School and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. She also holds the Chartered Director designation awarded by The Directors College. In what feels like a past life, Tamara graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics.

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