Boards can always improve. Use The Board Institute Indexes to evaluate,
educate, improve and benchmark your board’s effectiveness.

Take the Board Quiz.



Can you demonstrate that your board of directors is doing a good

Do you conduct confidential, peer-to-peer evaluations of your directors?

Does the board set the agenda for the board meetings?

Are you engaged in creating the strategy and spending enough time on
discussing it?

Is your board consistently involved in talent management and
succession planning?

Do you have the right mix of attributes and skills on your board to
optimize your effectiveness?

Do you have impactful, meaningful board discussions about strategy,
people, marketing, finances and risk?

Do you thoroughly understand and regularly challenge the key
assumptions behind management’s proposals?

Do you understand the long term trends and new technologies that
could disrupt your company’s current business model?

Are you confident that your directors understand and are fulfilling
your fiduciary obligations relative to employee benefit plans?

If you answered NO to any of the questions above,
your Board may be at risk.
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Are your compensation practices vulnerable to, or have
they already been challenged by, a shareholder action, such as a
negative “say on pay?”

Are your compensation committee members or consultants compromised
by relationships that are conflictive?

Has your company had a financial restatement?

Are you at risk of being or have you been downgraded by ISS or other
shareholder groups or rating agencies?

Does your CEO trust you with bad news?

If you answered YES to any of the
questions above, your Board may be at risk, The Board Institute can
help. Click here to contact us:

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Susan founded The Board Institute with the sole purpose of helping to build better boards. Taking this mission and coupling it with her deep experience in board management, she has developed the only professional, independent, web based suite of tools to help organizations assess, benchmark and enhance their boards of directors and their committees. Susan also leads OakBridge’s Global Board Practice, dedicated to helping public and private companies build better boards of directors, through our comprehensive director search services. Prior to joining OakBridge, Susan ran her own successful search firm, SSA Executive Search International, Ltd., for 25 years, where she has been recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company’s Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, CFO Magazine and numerous other media. She has spoken about corporate boards at The Business Roundtable, The Commonwealth Club, the Canadian Chartered Accountants, Montreal, the Financial Executives Int’l Annual Summit, the Economist CFO Forum, Tokyo, Semantic Annual CIO Symposium, various CEO gatherings, and to many other organizations. Before establishing her search firm, Susan had a marketing firm, an import-export company, and was a consultant/media director for many U.S. state and federal political campaigns. She was a columnist and investigative reporter for Phoenix Magazine for 15 years, and has written for numerous other publications. Prior to that, she managed legislation for Rep. William E. Brock in Washington, D. C. Susan received a B.A. in Government and Economics from the University of Arizona and completed all core graduate work in International Affairs and International Economics at George Washington University. Susan currently serves on the board of Amazon Bank, chairs the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (NYC), Pacific Council on International Policy (Los Angeles), is a director for the School of Global Studies, ASU, and is past President of the Arizona Business Leadership Association. She also served on SBA’s eight-member National Small Business Development Center Advisory Board and numerous other boards.

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