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Elisa is a 2011 Alumna of the Board Institute. Her bio is available here.
Board Member; Nominating and Governance Committee Member
I received a call from a recruiter form a firm I had previously connected with for possible Board roles.
The DirectWomen Institute and pre-work taught me what a Board resume needed to stress and helped me view my experience as a set of skills rather than chronological jobs. DirectWomen also helped me to tell my story.
I am the first woman on the Board of Dollarama, so I wanted to be sure that I wasn't just a check the box appointment. Making sure that I learned the business and contributed quickly was important.
Governance and international experience.
The lead director and management have been very welcoming and have helped me learn about the business. Management has welcomed my requests to tour stores and distribution facilities and have given me access to executives to jumpstart my learnings. It takes a year (a full cycle) to really understand the seasonality of the business and how it affects earnings.
Joining another committee (short term). I am still employed full time as a CLO, so I do not foresee adding another board in the medium term, but long-term, I would like a second board.
Look at your skill set and understand how you can bring value to a company.