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People First People Series: Getting on Board(s): The Art and Science of Board Membership

April 21, 2021
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM PST

Natasha Morales
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Continuing our invitation-only “People First” series, BDO is very pleased to have you join your peers in this interactive and engaging discussion on how leaders get invited into a "small club" of board membership and then evolve in their roles to add value. 

We will explore how business leaders expand their personal brand and goals, while serving on boards in an impactful way.
Limited space is available to maximize participant engagement. * The event is hosted in Microsoft Teams. Once registered, you will receive a calendar invite with login details. We encourage you to send questions in advance by emailing tlattin@bdo.com or ask questions and share your insights during the live conversation.

BDO’s core purpose is helping people thrive, every day. It is, fundamentally, why we exist as a firm, and it applies not only to our employees but, our clients and our communities. We recognize “thriving” is anchored by a people-first mindset and inspired leadership. To serve this purpose, we created this series to help C-Suite leaders challenge and elevate their own thinking in applying a people-first approach to their personal and organizational growth and success. 

10 min - Introductions
55 min - Moderated Panel Discussion
25 min - Questions and Interactive Discussion

BRANDON BIEGENZAHN – President, McDermott & Bull | Board Affiliations:  Mission Hospital, YPO Cal Coast Chapter
BILL SANDERSON – COO, Golden State Foods | Board Affiliations:  Rod Fraser Enterprises (Rodrigo’s Mexican Grill Restaurants), System Pavers, West Coast University and American Career College, Earthwise Global, Golden State Foods Foundation, Passkey’s Foundation and Institute for Community impact, The All-American Boys Chorus (Chairman)
MARNI WIESHOFER – Board Affiliations: Thunderbird Entertainment, Organigram, Hycroft Mining Corporation, Film2Future, University of Toronto-Rotman School of Management, Western University
SHANNON EUSEY – CEO, Beacon Pointe Advisors | Board Affiliations:  Pacific Mercantile Bank, CNBC’s Advisory Council, Scratchworks, UCI Athletic Fund, Former Member of the Charles Schwab Advisor Council, TD Ameritrade Advisory Council, Children’s Hospital of Orange County Professional Advisory Committee


AMIT KOTHARI – "CEO Whisperer"

Amit Kothari - “CEO Whisperer" and consultant for start-up to $500M+ businesses, has over 20 years of board room experience. He is the author of The Kothari Method: Three Crystal Clear Steps to Mastering Leadership.  Board Affiliations:  System Pavers, Inc., President and Board Member, Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Orange County FY21

Amit Kothari will facilitate our panel of accomplished leaders who will share their experiences and knowledge on all aspects of getting on and serving on public, private and not-for-profit boards, from their own diverse, personal points of view.

Some topics we will discuss include:
  • What are your objectives for getting on a board?
  • What are some resources to prepare yourself for a board seat?
  • How much capacity do you have to contribute to a board role?  Is now the right time?
  • What are the 5 things to do to get a board seat?
  • What are the 5 secrets to networking?
  • What organization profile should you target, based on your objectives?
  • What board influencers do you know that you can share your goals with?
  • Are you ready to immediately add value to a board on the hot issues facing board members today?