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California Mandates Women on Public Boards

Words of Advice from a Silicon Valley Board Recruiter

Dotty Schaffer, October 1st, 2018

On Sunday, Governor Jerry Brown signed California legislation mandating every public board in the state must have at least one woman board director by the end of 2019. The goals of the legislation are to advance gender equality and help break the corporate glass ceiling.

In our August 2018 blog on the top 150 public companies in

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Return of the IPO

Mark Lonergan, August 22nd, 2018

The recent return of the Silicon Valley tech IPO shows up in our August 2018 publication of the Lonergan SV150 rankings. Overall, 50 US tech companies companies launched an IPO from Q1 2017 to Q2 2018, with 10 of these companies landing a spot on the Lonergan SV150. These include two companies with over $1

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Big Increase in Women on Silicon Valley Boards

Many More Women Directors in the 2018 Lonergan SV150

Susan Lonergan, August 22nd, 2018

As of this point in the 2018 proxy season, women directors fill 19% of the board seats on the Lonergan SV150 (board composition data for companies without a 2018 proxy filing to date came from their web­sites). Compared to our study of Silicon Valley boards published in the 2015 Who Runs Silicon Valley Board edition, this is an increase of six

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Your Best Friends and your Worst Enemies…

Mark Lonergan, July 3rd, 2018

One of the most surprising truths I have found in my work as an executive recruiter is that your best friends and your worst enemies (well, most of us don’t have enemies, but we do have detractors) identify the exact same list of our strengths and weaknesses.

Candidates perseverate over who to select as their professional references.

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Lessons from the NBA Finals

Dotty Schaffer, August 13th, 2017

By any measure, I’m not an authority on basketball, but watching the NBA Finals I couldn’t help but see lessons all of us can learn from watching these two great teams. How would your executive team do if they were playing in your championship finals?


The way the Warriors and Cavaliers teams passed the ball, moving up and down