Author Archives for Liz Barron

Bestow the Glow—Nominate a Board Member You Admire for the 2011 NACD Director of the Year Awards

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As a philanthropist, mentor or family member, you probably support and affirm the efforts of many people every day—sustaining people in crisis, shelling out scholarship funds, listening to a brother in need, or applauding tiny grandchildren. Now, NACD is asking you to add a board member or two to your list and make someone’s day by nominating them for the NACD Director of the Year or B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award. Don’t think these boardroom leaders won’t thank you. Every person on earth likes recognition for a job well done and appreciates an “attaboy/attagirl” when times are tough. When we... Read More


Chief Engagement Officer and the Engagement Oversight Committee

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 A recent blog by British twitter maven Lucy Marcus got me thinking about where new thinking and fresh strategy comes from. Lucy rightly points out that new beginnings take time and that, in this cost-conscious era, there is a risk that no company has the patience to sew seeds and give them time to grow. We’ll call this impatience, and certainly it is a failing that often besets the super-bright who are restless company executives, and their peripatetic counterparts who become board members. There are other stumbling blocks in the way of innovation too, and chief amongst them is information overload. At NACD’s recent... Read More


Straighten Up and Fly Right: IT Risk Governance for Non-Techie Directors

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  Jet Blue Director Virginia Gambale heard the news about the airline’s fed-up flight attendant—the one who exited the plane via the emergency slide, cursing passengers as he touched down on the tarmac—well before some of the company’s senior executives. Social media savvy Virginia uses a web tool to track all mention of companies on whose boards she sits, and as soon as someone tweeted news of the incident, she was on it.  Virginia, a former CIO with Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust, shared the story at NACD’s Director Professionalism®—The Master Class, held this week in Clearwater, FL. She was... Read More