Getting On a Board

by an UPWARD Online Event
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm PT

Our panel is highly experienced (male & female) executives coming together to share their unique experience and perspective, provide insight on how to strategically position yourself for board service, and the personal commitment to sustain board participation.

Christine Gorjanc – CFO of Arlo Technologies and board of Juniper Networks and Invitae

Meera Rao – former CFO of Monolithic Systems and board of Rambus

Joe Hurd – Global Managing Director, Corporate Development of SOSV, LLC and Executive Director of GoCompare

Teresa Jacques – Partner, Founder Board Practice at Major Executive Search

Moderator: Kim Le – Founder & CEO, A2Q2 and Founder & CEO, Directors

3:00-3:05 pm – Welcome

3:05-3:15 pm – Moderator & Panel Introductions
3:15-4:10 pm – Panel Discussion
4:10-4:25 pm – Audience Q&A
4:25-4:30 pm – Closing remarks



Your Path to Secure a Paid Corporate Board Position

by NAWBO San Diego
WILL BE RESCHEDULED for April or May 2020 – Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
UCSD Extension, 6256 Greenwich Drive, Room 317, San Diego, CA 92111


You’ve likely heard about the push to get more women on corporate boards, especially with NAWBO’s involvement in passing of SB826 (CA law that requires at least one women be on the board of every publicly traded board.

The challenge is that many corporate board members do not realize there are qualified women in their own networks of contacts, so they don’t know to reach out to potential women candidates.

This panel and workshop will help you think about your personal pathway to building a path to a paid corporate board position.

Teresa Jacques – Partner, Founder Board Practice at Major Executive Search
Lisa Walters-Hoffert – Chief Financial Officer at Daré Bioscience

– Why consider joining a board?
– ID your strengths you can bring to a board.
– How to raise your profile
– Steps you need to take to be considered for board seats.
– Compensation – What do you ask for?
According to Payscale, The average board of director salary is about $61,042. Board directors may also make up to $10,000 in annual bonus, on average.

Early bird registration will end on Wednesday, March 11.

Registration fee includes wine, appetizers and free parking.

5:30-6:00 – Network, food/drink
6:00-6:15 – Event partner introductions
6:15-7:00 – Q&A Panel – Experience & Advice
7:00-7:40 – Workshop – Worksheet with questions to help participants think through their path and what they need to do to position themselves for future board roles – put people into groups of 4 – 40 minutes
7:40-8:00 – wrap-up, share, last minute questions

Event will be held in Room 317



Corporate Directors Forum | Workshop | Preparing Your Board Bio

December 4, 2019 | 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Corporate Board Members have key oversight responsibilities and are the highest governing authority within the management structure of a corporation. While you may have the skills and knowledge to add value to a board, it is essential to communicate your background and expertise in a succinct and effective manner. This workshop will guide you through the process of developing your board bio to clearly demonstrate the experience, business savvy and critical thinking skills that could potentially make you an ideal board member candidate. The goal is to leave this session with a complete (or almost complete) Board Bio that you can begin using immediately.

Please note that there is a pre-work requirement! Materials and instructions will be provided once you’ve registered (please give us a couple days). We recommend that you bring your PC to the workshop. Participation is limited to 20 people.

Facilitator: Teresa Jacques, Partner, Technology and Board Practice, Major Executive Search

7:30 am – 8:00 am: Breakfast Served
8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Workshop

CDF Members: $275
Non-Members: $325
*Corporate Members & Strategic Partners, please email to receive the membership discount code.




AESC BlueSteps | Webinar | Future Proofing Your Career with Executive Trends

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am PT

This webinar will cover

  • How to leverage current trends, opportunities and challenges
  • How executive search fits into your career strategy
  • Top tips for proactively managing your career
  • How to become an ideal executive candidate

And more.

Reserve Your Spot:



2020 Women on Boards | The Nation Conversation on Board Diversity

Thursday| November 21, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Location: AMN Healthcare Auditorium, 12400 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA 92130

On November 21st, business leaders across the U.S. will meet to discuss the importance of diversity in the corporate boardroom, with the theme “Collaborating with ALL Companies to Increase Board Diversity.”

Please join us in San Diego at AMN Healthcare Auditorium for an evening of networking and discussion.

  • Learn about the new law requiring companies HQ in the state of CA to have female board directors
  • Hear about the current state of board diversity in public companies in San Diego
  • Hear from experienced directors about their path to the boardroom and the benefits that result from having a diverse board

Co-Chairs: Annalisa Barrett, KPMG and Teresa Jacques, Major Executive Search

Keynote Panel: Sabrina Martucci Johnson – Founder and CEO, DARÉ Bioscience. Mary Morris – Sustainable Investment, CalSTRS. Viven Yeung – General Manager, Venture, lululemon; Board Member, Jack in the Box. Joanne Olsen – Board Member, Teradata. Jennifer Rubin – Member, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Annalisa Barrett – Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center. Teresa Jacques – Partner, Board Practice, Major Executive Search.

Sponsors: Mintz, Lockton, Troutman Sanders, Sunnie House Strategies, Annalisa Barrett, Lynne Brodie International.

For more information and to register, visit the National Conversation on Board Diversity San Diego event page.



Bay Area Human Resources Executive Council | Meeting & Panel

The CHROs Adding Value on Corporate Boards
Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: RiseSmart, 55 Almaden Boulevard, Suite 800, San Jose, CA 95113

Public companies are continuously searching for qualified board candidates. The new California mandate, requiring the inclusion of women on boards, creates even greater demand. HR Leaders are well positioned when they understand the full scope of what it means to be a director on a publicly traded company board. Join our program to help you better position yourself as a board-ready candidate by providing you with the essentials of corporate governance.

Thought leaders include:

  • Teresa Jacques, Partner, Technology and Board Practice, Major Executive Search
  • Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer, ServiceNow
  • Liane Hornsey, SVP and Chief Talent Officer, Palo Alto Networks

For more information and to register for the event, visit the BAHREC event page.



Athena On Boards | Workshop 2

Formulate Your Board Placement Action Plan
Thursday | August 22, 2019 | 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Cooley, 4401 Eastgate Mall, San Diego

The Recruiter Panel includes Teresa Jacques, Partner at Major Executive Search.

Athena’s Women On Boards Program serves executive STEM women seeking board placement. As California public companies seek to comply with California’s new law to have at least one woman on their board by 2019, this program aims to strategically empower more women available to fill this board mandate.
Workshop 2 will provide a deep dive into the specific qualities and expertise that boards are now seeking. Additionally, each executive will then be tasked with formulating a personalized action plan and have the opportunity to connect with companies actively recruiting female board members and activate your network.

  • Speaker, Board Assessment – Teresa McCarthy, Principal Consultant, The Leadership Edge
  • Speaker, Board Compensation – Annette Winn, Senior Consultant, Compensia

Recruiter Panel

  • Moderator: Robin Toft, Chairman & Founder, Toft Group Executive Search
  • Bente Hansen, Ph.D., President and Founder at Bente Hansen & Associates, Executive Search
  • Judy Thompson, Founder and Executive Recruiter, Thompson Financial Search
  • Teresa Jacques, Partner, Technology, Board Practice Leader, Major Executive Search

For those interested in joining the next Athena on Boards cohort, contact Holly Smithson, Athena CEO.



Webinar: How to Leverage Your Executive Search Network

Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 9:00 AM Local Time
Register for access to the Webinar Recording

Panelists include Teresa Jacques, Partner at Major Executive Search. Register here

Understanding the executive search process and how to successfully build and leverage relationships in the search community can have a lasting impact on your career.

Creating a strong and strategic network of recruiters should be a vital component of your executive career strategy, particularly if you are considering your next professional opportunities.

During this webinar, our panel of senior-level executive search consultants share their knowledge on how to advance your career by leveraging executive search.

This webinar recording covers:

  • How to make initial contact with search consultants
  • How to make yourself more visible to the search community
  • How to follow-up with search consultants
  • Do’s and don’ts of networking with executive search consultants
  • And more…



Seminar: Essentials of Corporate Directorship: Preparing for Your First Board Seat

May 15, 2019 | 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
@ Mintz Levin Offices, 3580 Carmel Mountain Rd #300, San Diego, CA 92130

Let the Corporate Directors Forum help you better position yourself as a board-ready candidate by providing you with the essentials of corporate governance Major Executive Search Teresa Jacques will be in attendance as a Speaker and to answer your questions. Learn More.



Webinar: The Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019

May 8, Wednesday |8:30 AM PST (16:30 BST) | IN ENGLISH

Join this webinar to hear insights from the GSMA Connected Women Mobile Gender Gap Report 2019. To be discussed: Updated estimates of the size of the mobile gender gap; The key barriers to mobile ownership and use for women; and The steps that stakeholders should take to reduce the mobile gender gap in their market. Register Here.



MWC Americas

Los Angeles October 22-24 2019