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    Board Recruitment and Composition Planning

    Resources for Nasdaq-Listed Companies

    Resources to help companies achieve their diversity, equity and inclusion objectives.

    Nasdaq Corporate Platforms is establishing relationships with a number of organizations to support Nasdaq-listed companies in their search for highly-qualified, diverse, board-ready candidates.

    Working Together to Advance Diversity in Your Company's Boardroom

    Our partners can help with a broad spectrum of needs, including:

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    Our Partners



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    African American Board Leadership Institute

    The African American Board Leadership Institute’s (AABLI) mission is to strengthen public, private, and nonprofit organizations by recruiting and preparing African American professionals for a broad range of governing boards. AABLI’s comprehensive Board Leadership Program provides the foundation and expertise for effective organizational governance.

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    Athena Alliance

    Athena Alliance is a community-driven, SaaS-based executive education company that makes it easy and accessible for leaders to learn from their peers and for companies to access top executive talent for board director roles, CxO roles, and more.

    Athena provides personalized, exclusive access to on-demand learning, one-on-one coaching, and virtual networking for “in the know” executives. Athena and Nasdaq are dedicated to helping companies diversify and strengthen their boards, to advancing senior women leaders, and to ensuring the executive and C-suite is business savvy and educated on the most current trends and knowledge relevant to running and scaling a business today.



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    Bank on Women

    Bank On Women, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of qualified women in the C-suite and boardroom of community banks and maintains a database of experienced board-ready women qualified and capable of serving on public company boards of community banks.




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    BoardReady is a not-for-profit dedicated to increasing corporate board diversity. BoardReady works with clients to improve board diversity through the BoardReady Index (BRI), BoardConsult Analysis, and BoardReady TalentVault. Our female founders are seasoned private and public board members and executives with experience in Fortune-500 and FTSE-100 boardrooms. Their board experience spans the globe and includes Berkshire Hathaway, Brooks Running, Hargreaves Lansdown, Tesco, Thomson Reuters, Safeco, Nordstrom, and Alaska Air Group. Through a data driven approach, expanding the network of corporate boardrooms, and targeted introductions, BoardReady works to efficiently diversify client boardrooms.

    Corporate Board Member Network

    Having served the public company board community for more than 20 years, CBM Network connects the community of 25,000 U.S.-based public company directors to each other and to leading governance experts. Through peer networking opportunities and a suite of best-in-class tools and resources, CBM Network aims to inspire corporate leaders to make an impact in the boardroom and beyond. The Network provides an educational and collaborative platform tailored to every director’s level of expertise, encouraging continuous learning regardless of experience.


    Equilar is a provider of corporate leadership data solutions. Equilar’s collaboration with Nasdaq will help companies with board composition planning through the BoardEdge platform.

    Through the BoardEdge platform and the Equilar Diversity Network (EDN), Nasdaq-listed companies will have access to a community of highly-qualified, diverse, board-ready candidates to help amplify director search efforts.



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    Extraordinary Women on Boards

    Extraordinary Women on Boards (EWOB) is a unique and trusted peer-to-peer, global membership community for highly accomplished women who are experienced corporate board directors. Representing hundreds of public and private for-profit boards across a wide range of industries, geographies and sectors, EWOB members are committed to advancing board director excellence, modernizing governance, and strengthening the presence and influence of women in the boardroom.



    Latino Corporate Directors Association

    The Latino Corporate Director Association’s (LCDA) mission is to develop, support, and increase the number of U.S. Latinos on corporate boards. LCDA serves as a talent resource to corporate boards, search firms, and private equity firms interested in gaining access to Latino talent primed for the boardroom. Their programs focus on growing the supply of high-caliber boardroom candidates and providing quality corporate governance programming for experienced and aspiring directors.

    Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles is a provider of global leadership advisory and on-demand talent solutions, serving the senior-level talent and consulting needs of the world's top organizations. In its role as trusted leadership advisors, the firm partners with its clients to develop future-ready leaders and organizations, bringing together its services and offerings in executive search, diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), leadership assessment and development, organization and team acceleration, culture shaping and on-demand, independent talent solutions.





    Him For Her

    Him For Her is a social impact venture dedicated to accelerating diversity on corporate boards to inspire better business. They work to create systemic change by engaging leading “Hims” to connect the world’s “Hers” to board service — unlocking and inspiring an increase in equality of opportunity for women.



    Take Your Seat

    TAKE YOUR SEAT is dedicated to increasing the number of Black directors to accelerate inclusivity in the boardroom and maximize corporate performance. Through its inclusive leadership training and broad-based relationships-driven community platform, TAKE YOUR SEAT provides clear and actionable paths for companies to achieve impactful diversity and inclusivity outcomes.


    theBoardlist is an online talent platform that connects both public and private companies with diverse candidates for global leadership opportunities. theBoardlist has successfully helped over 2,000 companies source exceptional talent. theBoardlist has over 10,000 diverse candidates, from accomplished and well-known board directors to emerging board-ready talent.

    theBoardlist and Nasdaq are committed to enriching the supply of diverse, qualified board candidates by driving recommendations and increasing the overall discoverability of candidates.

    Not sure which partner or partners best fits your company's needs?

    Explore how each partner can support your organization in advancing boardroom diversity

    Helpful Resources

    Boards Need More Women: Here’s How to Get There

    DE&I and Boards: Building a Diverse Network

    The Path to Strength and Resiliency: Why Human Capital Management Matters

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    Harness Your Board’s Diversity for Strong Cybersecurity

    Heidrick & Struggles: Three Steps to Finding a Voice in the Boardroom

    Heidrick & Struggles: Building the Foundation for Better Board Refreshment

    H&S: Leading From the Chair (4 Part Series)

    H&S: Women on technology company boards: The experience and dynamics

    H&S: What CEOs learn from board roles: An interview with Annick Van Overstraeten, CEO of Le Pain Quotidien

    H&S: Leadership skills for the long term: Dealing with radical uncertainty

    H&S: Why Boards Should Think Like Activists

    H&S: Nonprofit Expertise on Boards

    H&S: Future-Proofing Your Board

    H&S: Board Monitor US 2021

    H&S: Board Succession: Three-Steps Toward Long-Term Effectiveness

    H&S: A Board Review Process That Accelerates Competitiveness


    Our Commitment

    Enhancing Transparency on Diversity

    Providing actionable insight and information to provide stakeholders with consistent, comparable disclosures on board diversity