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Frequently asked questions

What is theBoardlist?

theBoardlist is a curated talent marketplace that connects highly qualified women leaders with opportunities to serve on private and public company boards.

theBoardlist leverages the power of our community by inviting CEOs, leading executives and investors to nominate board-ready women to a private, peer-to-peer platform and to search theBoardlist for candidates for their boards.

How do I get added to theBoardlist as a potential candidate for board opportunities?

To be added as a Candidate, you must be nominated by at least one Endorser Member of theBoardlist. Candidates cannot nominate themselves.

We suggest, though it's not required, that Candidates on theBoardlist meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Influencer, thought leader, or domain expert in her industry
  • CEO or Founder of a company with at least $5m+ in annual revenue
  • VP level and above at a company with at least $25m+ in annual revenue
  • Director level and above at a company with at least $500m+ in annual revenue
  • Previous experience on boards (including nonprofit, advisory) a plus

If you believe you meet the qualification requirements and would like to be added to theBoardlist, please reach out to an Endorser Member you know or ask someone who meets the criteria for an Endorser Member to join theBoardlist and nominate you.

How do I recommend qualified women to include on theBoardlist as candidates?

If you want to recommend exceptional women leaders for board opportunities, join theBoardlist as an Endorser Member.

Endorser Members must have experience serving on a private, public or nonprofit board and meet at least one the following criteria:

  • Influencer, thought leader or domain expert in their industry
  • CEO or C-suite (VP level and above reporting directly to the CEO) of a company with at least one institutional round of funding
  • Seed, VC or private equity investor

If you meet the above criteria and are interested in endorsing Candidates for theBoardlist, apply here

How do I use theBoardlist to find Candidates for an open board seat at my company?

If you are the CEO or a current board director of a public or private company and would like to discover Candidates for an open board seat, apply to search theBoardlist here. Note that you must have a current board search underway to source Candidates from theBoardlist.

If you are searching on behalf of an investment firm or search firm, your firm must be a current, paid Corporate or VC Member of theBoardlist to search our database. To learn more about becoming a Corporate or VC Member, contact us at

Is there a cost to search theBoardlist for Candidates?

If you are the CEO or a current board director of a public or private company with at least $5M annual revenue or $5M in venture funding, and your board has an open seat, you may search theBoardlist at no cost once your application to become a Searcher has been reviewed and accepted.

If your firm is a current, paid Corporate or VC Member of theBoardlist and you are authorized by your firm to search on its behalf, you may search our database at no additional cost.

If you would like additional assistance from a Boardlist Talent Partner to help organize your search and target and curate lists of Candidates, an optional Assisted Search service is available for a fee.

I applied as a Searcher/Endorser/Candidate and haven’t heard back yet, how do I get in touch?

You should receive an update about the status of your application within 2 business days. If it has been more than 2 business days since your application and you haven’t yet heard back, please feel free to email us at to request an update.

How do I deactivate my account?

Only Candidate profiles are visible to other members of theBoardlist - and even then, they are only visible to members approved to search theBoardlist.

If you would like to hide your profile for any reason or period of time, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to theBoardlist with your current username and password
  2. Click on “Profile” at the top of the page
  3. Click on “hide profile” at the top of the page

Your profile will then be hidden from any viewers. If you would like to change this setting in the future, follow the first two steps but then click on “show profile” and your profile will be visible to Searching Members once again.

To fully deactivate your account, please contact for assistance.

How do I find out if I have been endorsed as a Candidate on theBoardlist?

Upon receiving your first endorsement, you’ll receive an email confirming that you are a Candidate on theBoardlist and directions to login to theBoardlist and edit your profile.

If you’d like to opt-out of being listed as a Candidate, please send an email to with your request, or alternatively you can choose to turn off your profile so it’s not visible to individuals searching theBoardlist.

I’m a Candidate on theBoardlist — how do I make my profile more appealing for active board searches?

The main thing you should do is make sure your profile is as complete and informative as possible. Other than the basics — your current title, company and location - add an eye-catching headline and summary that highlights your expertise and experience. Articulate your "superpower" - what specific experience or skill puts you in the top 5% of all your peers? Individuals searching theBoardlist often filter their searches by functional and industry expertise as well as what stage companies you’ve expressed interest in, so make sure you complete those fields so your profile appears in relevant searches. We’ve also pulled several tips together in our blog to help you craft the best candidate profile.

I’m a Candidate on theBoardlist — how do I know if someone is interested in me for a board opportunity?

If a Searching Member would like to connect with you about a board opportunity, they must put in a request through our team. We will then send you an email with information about the company and board opportunity. If you are interested, we will introduce you to the Searching Member via email.

Please be assured that Searching Members do not have direct access to your contact information via our platform. We will only share your email address if there is mutual interest. To manage the requests that come your way and ensure that they are a match with your board preferences, it helps to specify in your profile the opportunities you are most interested in.

I’m interested in partnering with theBoardlist or the #choosepossiblity project

If you would like to discuss a partnership opportunity for #choosepossibility or theBoardlist, please let us know by emailing

Where do I send my suggestions or feedback?

We appreciate any and all feedback about our platform and your experience with theBoardlist. Send us a note at!

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