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Book of the Week – Time’s Up: Why Boards Need to Get Diverse Now

Step into the boardroom and take a look around. What do you see? You might think of something from a dated movie—all “male, pale and stale.” Truthfully, many boardrooms remain stuck in the past, lacking the diversity they need to succeed. With expertise in executive board recruiting, Patricia Lenkov, President of Agility Executive Search, demands change. In her groundbreaking book, “Time’s Up: Why Boards Need to Get Diverse Now,” she exposes underrepresentation and shows how new perspectives lead to more efficient and effective teams.

What is your book about?

Diversity MUST begin at the top. Ethnic and racial groups make up 40 percent of the US population but just 12.5 percent of board directors. Sadly, this is not a statistic from a bygone era. This is 2023. “Time’s Up: Why Boards Need to Get Diverse Now” will help you understand the issues and solve the problems today. It provides valuable information on how you can pursue a board role as well.

Topics include:

  • Corporate boards
  • Board diversity
  • Career management to obtain board roles

Single most important takeaway:

A board without women is asking for trouble because it is misaligned with the realities of the marketplace.

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Meet the author

Patricia Lenkov is widely regarded as a thought leader on board recruiting, corporate governance, composition and succession. To date, Lenkov has conducted over 500 board and executive searches for corporate clients, as well as worked with some of the world’s leading activist investors to recruit board directors. In 2018, Agility Executive Search was named one of “America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms” by Forbes and was included in the Hunt Scanlon “New York Power 60” List.

Are you looking for more information on shaking up corporate boardrooms? Read Creating Boardroom Gender Diversity: Research and Resources or Lioness Innovators: Donna Hamlin, Founder and CEO of Boardwise.

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