5 QUES­TIONS FOR Su­san Schif­fer Staut­berg

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS - By Son­ali Son­ali Achar­jee Achar­jee

Su­san Schif­fer Staut­berg, pres­i­dent of Part­nerCom Cor­po­ra­tion, talks about why there is a need for a global com­mu­nity of women di­rec­tors. 1. What in­spired you to set up Women Cor­po­rate Di­rec­tors ( WCD)? I co- founded WCD to give cor­po­rate women a chance to in­ter­act and learn from one another. With over 2,000 mem­bers who serve on over 3,500 boards, WCD mem­ber­ship pro­vides a unique op­por­tu­nity for net­work­ing, mak­ing new friends, and gain­ing new in­sights from the in­tel­lec­tual cap­i­tal of ac­com­plished women from across the world. Mem­bers also share in­for­ma­tion and in­sights in or­der to en­sure best prac­tices in cor­po­rate gov­er­nance. 2. Why did you de­cide to bring WCD to In­dia? Cor­po­rate gov­er­nance de­mands a world­view. In­dia’s grow­ing econ­omy has its fair share of am­bi­tious, hard work­ing and ex­tremely ta­lented cor­po­rate women. Our In­dian arm gives us a chance to learn from them as well as give them a chance to learn from our in­ter­na­tional net­work. We hold net­work­ing meets and On­Board Boot­camps for our mem­bers in In­dia. At present we have around 25- 30 mem­bers who at­tend th­ese events. 3. 3. What What are are some some of of the the dif­fi­cul­ties dif­fi­cul­ties faced faced by by women women di­rec­tors di­rec­tors to­day? to­day? Aside from strik­ing the right work- life bal­ance, se­nior women pro­fes­sion­als to­day also need train­ing on how to ac­tu­ally be a part of a board. Once you reach the pin­na­cle of your ca­reer, what do you do next and how do you go about it are of­ten ques­tions on their minds. Boards need the right lead­ers to ad­e­quately an­a­lyse risk, to have in- depth knowl­edge of their com­pa­nies’ op­er­a­tions, to help man­age­ment see be­yond the next quar­ter to the big­ger pic­ture, re­gard­less of the mar­ket. 4. 4. How How do do On­Board On­Board Boot­camps Boot­camps help help women women cor­po­rates? cor­po­rates? On­Board On­Board Boot­camp Boot­camp pro­vides pro­vides an an in­sider’s in­sider’s guide guide on on how how to to be be se­lected se­lected and and in­tro­duces in­tro­duces mem­bers mem­bers to to ex­pe­ri­enced ex­pe­ri­enced cor­po­rate cor­po­rate di­rec­tors di­rec­tors and and search search ex­ec­u­tives ex­ec­u­tives who who share share lessons lessons that that they they have have learned learned in in their their ca­reers. ca­reers. Th­ese Th­ese events events are are ideal ideal for for women women who who would would like like to to be­come be­come a a board board mem­ber mem­ber or or those those who who are are al­ready al­ready part part of of a a board board but but would would like like to to switch switch to to a a board board of of a a larger larger firm. firm. 5. 5. What What are are your your fu­ture fu­ture plans plans for for

WCD WCD in in In­dia? In­dia? We We held held two two events events last last month month in in In­dia In­dia which which were were at­tended at­tended by by around around 30 30 se­nior se­nior cor­po­rate cor­po­rate women women ex­ec­u­tives, ex­ec­u­tives, pro­fes­sion­als pro­fes­sion­als and and en­trepreneurs. en­trepreneurs. We We look look for­ward for­ward to to host­ing host­ing more more such such events events in in the the fu­ture fu­ture as as well well as as grow­ing grow­ing our our mem­ber­ship mem­ber­ship base. base.

In­dia’s grow­ing econ­omy has its

fair share of am­bi­tious, hard work­ing and ex­tremely ta­lented cor­po­rate women. Our In­dian arm gives us a chance to learn from them as well as give them a chance to learn from our

in­ter­na­tional net­work.

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