tBL Plus is designed to help board candidates proactively pursue a board seat through positioning, exposure, and preparation.
There's no one-size-fits-all timeline to land a board role, but in our experience working with thousands of aspiring and experienced directors, there are clear, proactive steps you can take to advance your board journey in 2023.
Complete our one-step payment process to upgrade your account
The tBL Plus Portal will appear in your theBoardlist profile menu options within one business day
Follow the Action Plan to proactively "create your own luck" in your board journey
Access the tBL Plus Portal directly from your theBoardlist account by navigating to "tBL Plus" in the top menu. All content and resources live here.
The complete tBL Plus Action Plan document lays out each part of your tBL Plus membership - and our team is always available to help.
Use the workshop + workbook to draft your key materials, and then use your 1:1 coaching sessions for individualized guidance and feedback.
tBL Plus members enjoy priority registration for theBoardlist community events, exclusive members-only events, and on-demand access to all event replays.
Along with premium placement in search results and priority placement in candidate distribution lists sent search partners, your profile is marked Vetted by theBoardlist after your first 1:1 coaching session, adding further credibility.
All one-on-one coaching calls with theBoardlist's Talent Team will take place via Zoom. Calls are 30 minutes per session.
"Nicole was not only incredibly helpful in understanding how to position myself for board roles, but also gave me a sense of process, possible opportunities, and key action items to build the strength of my candidacy. I highly recommend connecting with theBoardlist to better understand how to approach board opportunities in ways that may not be obvious without external guidance."
"I've been pursuing paid board opportunities for a while and have come in second twice. I wanted help in getting over that hurdle of landing my first. Not only do I feel better positioned with my board materials but [theBoardlist] also gave me an extra boost of confidence that it will happen."
"The investment in time ... has been instrumental to my journey securing a board role. Perhaps even more importantly, in defining my brand, I have renewed and strengthened my self-confidence and validated the value I deliver professionally."
Hone in on the unique intersection of your professional experience and interests; create a clear, consistent presence across all platforms where searchers are likely to look for talent
Receive personalized guidance and feedback on your positioning and networking strategies, clarify your board preferences, goals, and capacity, ready yourself for board service and deepen your governance understanding
Increase your exposure to potential roles and active opportunities through theBoardlist platform, networking, thought leadership, and off-platform distribution of your theBoardlist profile
Whether you're an aspiring candidate just beginning to consider board service or an experienced director who's not seeing results, tBL Plus is designed to help you make measurable progress toward your board goals.
We typically advise candidates that board-ready leaders are:
• CEO or Founder of a company with at least $5m+ in annual revenue, OR
• VP level and above at a company with at least $25m+ in annual revenue, OR
• Director level and above at a company with at least $500m+ in annual revenue, OR
• Influencer, thought leader, or domain expert in their industry
tBL Plus members enjoy enhanced profile visibility in several ways:
Vetted by theBoardlist badge. After your first 1:1 session with the Talent Team, your profile will be marked as "Vetted by theBoardlist," which means our team has confirmed your experience, preferences, and goals. Vetted profiles receive a boost in search results.
Curated Candidate Lists. We reserve spots on our complimentary Curated Candidate Lists (sent to CEOs, VCs, PEs, and search firm partners) for tBL Plus members whose qualifications match the spec provided.
Spotlight + other features. tBL Plus candidates are prioritized to be featured in Spotlight, our email series highlighting exceptional diverse board talent, as well as on social media, for speaking engagements, and for other opportunities on and off theBoardlist.
All one-on-one sessions with our Talent Team take place via Zoom. These calls last for 30 minutes. The direct scheduling link to book your sessions is available in the tBL Plus Portal.
Our Talent Team is led by Nicole Kyner. With more than 25 years in executive search and recruiting, Nicole served for more than a decade as both Senior Associate and Research Director, Technology Practice at Spencer Stuart. Her client work at Spencer Stuart included SVP/EVP, C-Suite, and Board level leadership searches for large public, private equity-backed, and growth stage companies.
tBL Plus members enjoy priority registration for theBoardlist community events, as well as access to members-only events not available to our broader community.
On-demand access to all event replays is reserved exclusively for tBL Plus.
tBL Plus members are also prioritized for invitations to in-person events hosted by theBoardlist and by our partner organizations.
A recommendation is not a requirement to join tBL Plus; however, all candidates are required to have for-profit board experience or a recommendation from a for-profit board director to be eligible to appear in search results on theBoardlist.
It's very common for companies to offer reimbursement for professional development. Your company will benefit from the broader, more strategic view of running a business that you'll acquire as a board director, but it's also a matter of retention: board development is a fantastic way to support executives' professional growth while retaining top employees.
We're happy to coordinate directly with your company on your behalf - please contact email@example.com for details.
theBoardlist does not guarantee tBL Plus members a board seat. You will have the tools to consistently attract, intentionally evaluate, and confidently engage with every opportunity that comes your way – and as a tBL Plus member, you'll have exclusive access to view and proactively apply for active searches that fit your background and interests.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions - our team is happy to help determine if tBL Plus is right for you.
Founded by a 3-time CEO and 5-time corporate board director, we’ve coached 1000’s of CEOs, Board Directors and Entrepreneurs to reach their board goals. We serve companies of early-stage startups to the Fortune 100, across all industries, to accelerate access to opportunities for women and historically marginalized people to achieve at the highest levels.