Coined as “the board woman’s bible”, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards – views from the top and how to get there is an essential read for women on boards, and those aspiring to get there, not only in the private, but also public, charity and SME sectors. It delves into the hearts and thoughts of 22 highly successful women on corporate boards in the UK, sharing gems of advice, tips, traits and their essential characteristics that will help you chart your journey to the room at the top. If you want to get on a board your journey starts here. Know what you are signing up to and enjoy the ride. Find out, for example: What Heather Rabbatts, the most powerful woman in football, thinks about being the first woman on the board of The Football Association. Which leaders do women on boards get their inspiration from and why. How Paula Vennells, the CEO of the Post Office, one of the largest organisations in the UK, achieves her work/life balance. How Fiona Cannon at Lloyds Banking Group will achieve 40% gender diversity at senior level by 2020. How Toni Belcher, Partner at MHBC, cuts male tittle tattle when she walks into the boardroom. Find out the answers to these and many more questions, designed to give you an insight.
Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE has spent the last 30 years in the communications industry, most of which was spent campaigning for minorities, small business owners and most close to her heart women’s equality in the workplace especially the board room. Having spent nearly half of that time, being the only women on a board of with nine men, she experienced at first hand, just how lonely the room at the top can be for a woman. Having decided to share her experience, thoughts, hints tips and advice to help other aspiring women, she also spent a year researching and talking to other highly effective women in board rooms, and has chosen 22 of these top women’s stories to share with readers.
This book is not about the politics, is not about numbers, percentages and analytical research, but it will intrigue, inspire, and inform on what it takes to get to the board room, and what it takes to stay there. Stories, help, tips and advice from 22 women who made it to the top company boards, how they got there and how they stay there.
A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams since starting her PR Company over 30 years ago Dr Thompson has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement high performing companies and organizations.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Ms Thompson has always shown an entrepreneurial flair. Not taking the usual channel to the small business arena, she evolved from freelance writing for many music industry papers including Music Week the industry bible, and IPC weekly and monthly titles.
She also has been involved in many successful firsts in the UK including, being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine, Root, and also being a founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned by the Global Radio Group and known as CapitalXtra. Other firsts include, starting the first Black Owned PR company (according to PR Week),now known as ASAP Communications; running the first in depth research of the lifestyle of the Black community across the UK – The Black Consumer Survey and starting the UK’s first Black Women Business Network – The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners.
She also has over 20 years’ experience for which she is well known on public sector boards, which includes, Chairing:- the London Central Learning and Skills Council, DTI’s Ethnic Minority Business Forum, African Caribbean Business Network, and many others where she brings energy, experience, dedication, and change to and for many.
Often called upon for median interviews, on issues concerning small business, women and minorities; Dr Thompson is no stranger to engaging with Prime Ministers, Ministers, and high profile personalities in the business arena. Having made her mark in the UK she was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2003 for her services to women, small business and minorities. In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by London Metropolitan University for services to small business, and mass communications. She has been recognized across the UK and Europe as well as internationally, having been acknowledged by the Mayor of Houston Texas, with an Yvonne Thompson Day (4th January) as well as being named in Washington in the Congressional Records.
Dr Thompson has been hailed as a “real” not role model in the Black community in the UK and Europe and for women in general wanting to start their own business. She has chaired many governmental committees, including the DTI (now BIS), the Learning & Skills Councils and sat on many boards including the first Mayoral advisory board for the LDA (London Development Agency). Her most recent profiled roles includes working with a prestigious corporate network, TNON(The Network Of Networks), chairing the events committee for the Women’s Diplomatic Service Network, and most recently appointed to the Economics Honours Committee where she is committed to help in their campaign to increase nominations from minorities and women.
Yvonne is currently working with a group of corporate who are producing for the third consecutive year a carers advice exhibition aimed at young people age 7 plus, encouraging them to take up STEM (Science Technology English and Math) as part of their educational enhancement and using role models within corporate to show that jobs they thought unattainable can be theirs given the right careers advice.
As well as speaking in schools and events to young people, she is also working with the Speakers for Schools campaign (Education for Employment), encouraging more women and minorities to go into schools to inspire young people on their career choices – again showing jobs they thought unattainable can also be achieved by taking the right path. She has particular focus on Inspiring Young Women (Speakers For Schools Campaign) which is led by Miriam Gonzalez Durantez.
She supports and fund raises for Build Africa, an organisation which builds schools in Kenya, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo, and has sponsored the cost of schooling for a young school girl. She is also working with Inspiring The Future to inspire young women in the UK, and making donations to Sentable, working with young women in Lesotho, South Africa.
Find out more about the author: http://www.msyvonnethompson.com/