Originally posted on 1/22/2013
, partner at Jay Galbraith Management Consultants and the operator of a regular Forbes blog that examines issues related to women in very senior corporate leadership roles, profiled an event held by nonprofit Watermark to recognize ASAP member Erna Arnesen as one of the “Women Who Have Made Their Mark”
in 2012. Watermark’s mission is to help women senior executives accelerate their careers and network with other top professionals in the corporate world.
Galbraith relayed several of Arnesen’s lessons for women making their initial forays into serving on advisory boards. Don’t overdo it trying to prove yourself in your first board position. Learn from your board peers and continue to expand your contacts. Investigate the growing number of learning programs and business school offerings dedicated to issues and situations dealt with by boards. Don’t spread yourself thin by taking positions on several boards when you have a full-time job; board participation is about quality not quantity.
Arnesen previously served on ASAP’s board in her recently concluded stint as vice president of global and strategic services at Cisco, and she is still very active within the organization. She is one of the four “lead mentors” of the Silicon Valley Chapter’s new mentor program, and she took part in a roundtable at the 2012 Global Alliance Summit that examined coopetition in the services business through lens of the Cisco-IBM services alliance. We also spoke with Arnesen for a story on how organizations train non–alliance management personnel in the finer points of working with alliances that was published in our Q1 2012 issue of Strategic Alliance Magazine