Hearing All Voices

More Listening, Less Mansplaining I was recently facilitating a retreat for one of our credit union clients when one of the board members—a male board member—started going toe-to-toe with me on the subject of good governance. Really? I thought to myself. Okay, let’s go. I’ve been a professional in the national not-for-profit sector, focusing on…

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The Playground Bully Grows Up

I’ve been bullied three times in my life, and as anyone who has ever been bullied can tell you, that’s about three times too many. Luckily for me, each of these bullies entered my life when I was adult. They were professionals, on-the-job bullies. And the last one did the damage just recently. I don’t…

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Key Outcomes And Lessons Learned From A Board Renewal Effort

By Jennie Boden and Dr. Alexander Stein An analysis of Hudson Valley CU’s work to revise key governance processes. Quantum Governance and Dolus Advsiors are pleased to offer the following key outcomes and lessons learned from our work with $6.1 billion Hudson Valley Credit Union in revisioning and revising their nominations process. (For more background,…

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Why Directors Are Chess Pieces, Not Checkers

By Jennie Boden and Dr. Alexander Stein of Dolus Advisors Every director should be ‘chair material’—even if they wouldn’t make a good chair. We worked with $6.5 billion Hudson Valley Credit Union, Poughkeepsie, New York, on an extensive board renewal project. During that effort, the CU’s nominations subcommittee decided that every candidate on its slate…

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Mentoring … Because If We Don’t, Who Will?

Supporting other women as they advance is important. A year ago September, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, I wrote an article for Advancing Women called The Thin, Strong String that Ties Women Together about how successful women have long helped the next generation find their footing and be better able to succeed. I thought of…

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Are Women Better Leaders?

They are when they act with humility, self-awareness, self-control, moral sensitivity and kindness. I just finished an interview with the female CEO of a fairly large credit union. I love conducting interviews. It’s my favorite part of my job, and luckily, I get to conduct a lot of them. As president of consulting services at…

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Building Your Associate Board Member Program, From The Philosophy Up

The groundwork for success includes a commitment from the start. The debate over the best governance practices for board succession rages on. It is a routine topic in every single engagement and interview we conduct. The issues of diversity and term limits are especially prominent lately, and the daunting task of building the board of…

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Women In Football, Politics And Credit Union Boardrooms

It’s important to prioritize and value diversity. It’s Super Bowl Sunday as I write this, and it’s snowing at my home in New Hampshire. My husband has made a big batch of his famous mac and cheese, and we have a fire roaring in our wood stove in the ell. (Unless you’re from New England,…

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