Barriers to Board Diversity

July 28th, 2:00pm ET

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Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion is a top priority for boards everywhere, but are organizations prepared for barriers that may interfere with implementing this critical component of board composition? 

Join us on July 28th at 2:00 pm ET for a roundtable discussion with Lissa Broome, Head of the Director Diversity Initiative at UNC School of Law and Marilyn Nagel, Co-Founder & Chief Advocacy Officer at RISEQUITY, as they address how to knock down barriers, and open doors to broader, more inclusive board representation. 

In this webinar, you will learn: 

  • How to evaluate your current recruitment process 
  • Best practices for creating a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and belonging  
  • Ways to recognize diversity beyond satisfying compliance targets and government statutes  
  • Actionable insights to overcome obstacles and build a diverse board with a strategic approach 
  • The value a diverse board brings to your organization 

Who is this webinar for?

Successful, effective board meetings are a team effort, and every element of board work can be optimized. This interactive session will be a learning opportunity for anyone who relies on effective board meetings, including:

  • CEOs & Leadership
  • Directors & Board Members
  • Administrative Support Staff

Meet The Speakers


Lissa Broome, Head, Director Diversity Initiative, UNC School of Law

Lissa Broome is the Burton Craige Distinguished Professor, director of the school’s Center for Banking and Finance, faculty adviser to the North Carolina Banking Institute journal, and head of the school’s Director Diversity Initiative, which works to increase the gender, racial, and ethnic diversity on corporate boards of directors. Broome also serves as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA. She joined the faculty in 1984. Broome served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1993 to 1995.

She teaches Banking Law and Secured Transactions and writes in those areas and on corporate board diversity. Broome co-authored Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities, with Jerry Markham, and its accompanying statutory supplement, with the 5th edition published in 2018. She also co-authored Securitization, Structured Finance and Capital Markets (LexisNexis 2004) with Steven L. Schwarcz and Bruce A. Markell. Broome received the McCall Award for Teaching Excellence in 1986, 1992, 1995, and 1998. In 2009, she was inducted into the newly-created McCall Master Teachers’ Society for Teaching Excellence. She was honored with the law school’s Outstanding Service Award in 2010 and received the Law Alumni Association’s S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty Excellence in 2019. Broome is a member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Commercial Finance lawyers, and the International Women’s Forum Carolinas.


Marilyn Nagel, Co-Founder & Chief Advocacy Officer, RISEQUITY

Marilyn has an unusual background including over 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a C-Suite executive, entrepreneur and executive coach. Marilyn is Co-founder and Chief Advocacy Officer of RISEQUITY, a company dedicated to empowering employees, developing leaders and transforming company cultures. She is also Chief Learning Officer of SAMI, a game-based leadership development company, and has had her own consulting firm Ready-Aim-Aspire. She is widely recognized in the field Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, as well as executive and board development, leadership and networking.

Prior to co-founding RISEQUITY, Marilyn served as CEO of Watermark launching their Conference for Women and created breakthrough programs while Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco. She was recognized as a thought leader in shifting the focus on inclusion, launching the first Inclusion Index, flexible work practices, and developed the Maturity Model for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that has become an industry standard. Marilyn has co-chaired the Conference Board Global Diversity Group, formed a consortium in Silicon Valley for Diversity Officers and was a senior advisor to the Center for Talent and Innovation.


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