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Women on Boards: A 360 Degree Perspective

May 9, 2018
Bethesda, MD

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Member Price: $65
Non-Member Price: $95



Gender diversity increases corporate bottom lines and enhances board effectiveness. Women fuel a huge amount of our economy and have clear insights into purchasing motivations and customer experiences that can drive business strategies and long-term company profitability.  Yet, women struggle to land board positions.  Why?  Are qualified women hard to find?  Are men being left out of the conversation?

Join your fellow directors in an interactive conversation with one of the nation's most highly recognized business and governance women leaders, Linda Rabbitt, Chairman and CEO of rand* corporation.  Jim Schleckser will serve as program moderator in helping spotlight the governance imperatives in this high-profile topic from a 360° perspective.


Key Takeaways:


  1. The economic benefits of gender diversity
  2. Strategically positioning yourself for board service
  3. The qualities and diverse qualifications of exceptional board members
  4. Diversity success lessons learned and best practices
  5. The male point of view: gender diversity a workplace issue, not a feminist cause

Location and Time


Congressional Country Club
8500 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

Networking, Wine and Buffet Dinner with Delicious Cuisine: 6:00pm – 6:30pm

Program: 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Post-program Buffet Reception: 7:45 – 8:45pm

Speaker Spotlight


Linda Rabbitt

Linda Rabbitt is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of rand* construction corporation, a national commercial construction company with annual sales in excess of $300 million. Under Ms. Rabbitt's leadership and strategic vision, rand* has grown from a small tenant interiors firm with a staff of 7 to a national multi-market commercial construction company with a technically skilled and diverse staff of over 290 individuals. The company has been recognized as a "Best Places to Work" by the Washington Business Journal and Washingtonian Magazine’s "Great Places to Work" for more than a decade.

Ms. Rabbitt is the Past Lead Director of Towers Watson (Watson Wyatt), for which NACD honored her as "Director of the Year" and the Washington Business Journal named her an "Outstanding Director", in recognition of her exceptional service and vital leadership. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Willis Towers Watson and the Economic Club of Washington. Linda is a past Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the Federal City Council, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. She also served on the board of Brookfield Properties, a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management. Ms. Rabbitt led the Harvard Business School Executive MBA efforts to create a Women on Boards program, which commenced in 2017.

Jim Schleckser

Jim Schleckser

Jim is the CEO of the Inc. CEO Project and helps leaders grow companies. He specializes in the issues that fast growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. Jim and his team work with over 100 CEOs of high growth companies to identify and obliterate the things that stand between them and continued organizational success.

With 30 years of leadership in business, he brings experience in leading global organizations in both public and private environments across many functional areas to the table. His ideas have been translated into 9 languages and he has done business in over 27 countries.

Jim Schleckser is the author of the best selling published book, "Great CEOs are Lazy", detailing the behaviors that make the difference in CEO performance. His insight is sought by dozens of CEOs of growth companies around the country.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Connecticut. He serves on the board of Defenders as the Chair of Talent & Compensation and previously as the Chair of Governance and Nominating. He also serves on the board of Daniel Defense and Youth with a Mission - San Pedro, DR. He has previously served on the board of Hanover Research.



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Phone: 703-683-4035