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VIRTUAL SALON: ‘Board Performance & Evaluation’

June 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

The best-run boards evaluate their own performance on an annual basis, with a goal of identifying strengths and challenge areas. A typical board performance assessment seeks to measure board members’ confidence in their collective performance around areas such as board alignment, governance, strategy, composition, culture, meeting structure and leadership. Some boards conduct individual or peer reviews, as well. All this comes on top of the board best practice of an annual CEO review. Done well, any of these evaluations can be invaluable in building an effective, engaged board and a strong relationship with management. Join us as we explore board assessments, ways to ensure they deliver on their promise and ideas for acting on the results.


Moderator: Nancy Sheppard, Chief Journey & Strategy Advisor, Athena Alliance

Discussion Leader: Kaitlin Quistgaard, Vice President, Boardspan


Nancy Sheppard joined the Leadership Team of Athena Alliance in February 2017. She founded Women2Boards in 2014 to assist women leaders on their path to a corporate boardroom. Her challenges and achievements in working in male-dominated environments inspire her passion to assist more women to succeed in business and breakthrough the boardroom ceiling. Her past board and executive experience include 20+ years as CEO and director, Western Independent Bankers, a founding board member for a bank services corporation, and a trustee for a workers’ self-insurance group. She was a member of the leadership team at the California Bankers Association and spent several years in Washington D.C. as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. She was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times. Because of her leadership in the board diversity movement, she was asked to chair the 2020 Women on Boards San Francisco, National Discussion on Board Diversity for the past two years. She is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the Renaissance Entrepreneur Center which assists low-income women to start and grow their own businesses. Her role for Athena is as a Journey Advisor for members and she contributes to the communications strategy to accomplish the mission of accelerating boardroom gender diversity.

Kaitlin Quistgaard leads product and client initiatives at Boardspan, an innovative board software and services company providing integrated solutions for board assessment, recruiting, education and informationShe is a leading voice on governance trends and editor of the acclaimed newsletter, Director’s Domain. Kaitlin previously held senior roles at Active Interest Media and Salon.com and began her career as a reporter for Wired and TIME.


This salon is offered exclusively to members of Athena Alliance.