Tackling Board Roles
Our panel gets into the brass tacks of getting board-ready, the obstacles that hold women back from board participation, and how companies can help.
CEO & Founder, Him For Her
Jocelyn founded Him For Her, a social impact venture aimed at accelerating diversity on corporate boards. She has over two decades of technology experience building iconic global mobile apps and market-leading software products at some of the world’s best local, consumer, and marketplace companies, including CitySearch, Ticketmaster, OpenTable and Snagajob. Jocelyn currently serves on the boards of Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA), ChowNow, an online food ordering system and marketing platform, and is an advisor to Homebase, a platform to help local businesses manage hourly work. She is a part-time moderator for the Netflix Leadership Program. Jocelyn was honored as a member of the 2016 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, was a global ambassador for the Vital Voices Global Partnership, and was one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2015.
Dr. Kim Villeneuve
President & CEO at Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting, Co-Founder at bluSPARC™
Throughout her career, Dr. Kim Villeneuve has placed CEOs and executive teams and built Boards for companies ranging from new ventures to Fortune 500 firms. As CEO of Centerstone Executive Search & Consulting, she leads succession strategies and assignments, including CEO and Board searches.
Kim is also an elite Executive Coach, known for her work with executives and those preparing for succession opportunities or developing complex leadership capability. Drawing on her experience in search, she co-founded bluSPARC™, an executive coaching program delivered on a digital platform.
Kim holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning at The George Washington University and a master’s degree in Management from the University of Redlands. She is a Guest Lecturer at The George Washington University doctorate program and an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School of Business teaching graduate courses in Leading High-Performance Teams and Organization Diagnostics.
CEO & Founder of Beyond Board
Sarah Zapp is an entrepreneur, award winning journalist and relationship curator.
She is the CEO and Founder of Beyond Board. Beyond Board is nationwide community of today’s best board members and board eligible executives with live events, virtual offerings, board placement opportunities and a mission to place more women and diversity on boards.
In 2019, Brown Brothers Harriman named her one of the 19 “Women to Watch”.
As a relationship curator she currently advises, consults and sits on the board of advisors for various start-ups. She’s also a speaker and panelist on the topic of building relationships and board diversification, recently featured at national TED Women’s conference, Goldman Sachs Women’s Symposium and in Harvard Business Review.
Formerly, she was the Director of Strategic Relationships for IVY where she built a national thought leader and investor relations program for 20,000 young professionals.
As a TV host, reporter and producer, Sarah earned multiple Telly awards and 8 Emmy nominations. She worked for Comcast as their national entertainment and political reporter interviewing some of today’s biggest names in entertainment and politics. She also executive produced and hosted her own weekly talk show, “New England Newsmakers”. She spent time in local news at WB56 in Boston and anchored the morning and noon news at KARK (NBC) in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Sarah graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and holds a Master Degree in Communication Studies from Boston University.