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Why are we forming The Lodis Forum?

Research has shown that women are less likely to hold leadership positions in the board room, and yet, if a woman is in a board leadership role, there is a greater likelihood of board diversity. There is conclusive evidence that diversity in the boardroom improves a company’s performance. Only 5% of public companies have female board chairs, and there is almost no data about women in board leadership roles. The Lodis Forum aims to change that.

What is The Lodis Forum?

The Lodis Forum is a peer group exclusively for women who are Board Chairs or Vice-Chairs focusing on excellence, peer exchange, research, and advocacy.

  • Excellence: Provide resources and insight to support leadership excellence
  • Peer Exchange: Build a supportive network of women who are experiencing similar challenges
  • Research: Conduct research on board leadership diversity
  • Advocacy: Create awareness about the lack of diversity in these critical leadership roles

Who is this for?

We are the only forum exclusively connecting female Chair, Vice Chairs, or named successors of for-profit firms. The power of our “collective” is both inspirational and unique.

What is the purpose of The Lodis Forum?

Female Board Chairs are few and far between. We, at The Lodis Forum, believe that no one should do this job alone. Our primary purpose is to support our members in the pursuit of excellence, as it is the primary goal of a Chairman, regardless of gender. Secondarily, we focus on creating peer support and a network of like-minded women who are Chair or Vice-Chairs. Lastly, we focus on research and advocacy. We believe that board diversity is paramount, and putting women in board leadership roles is critical to support diversity efforts.

What is the group size?

We currently have over 40 members in The Lodis Forum from public, private equity, ESOP, closely-held, and family-owned businesses from across the United States. As long as members meet the criteria, we will continue to add women to our ranks. Our virtual meeting format is not limited to size.

What is the format?

There are two sessions each quarter where we welcome both opportunities and obstacles and promise a transparent and trusted environment for all to speak openly. We believe our collective voices will be uniquely suited to elevate a public conversation about Women on Company boards – and defiantly as Chairs and Vice Chairs.

  • Board Excellence: We host quarterly forums from curated topics that we, as a forum, assign and deem important. Sessions include a presentation from a subject matter expert, followed by small breakout rooms to review to discuss key takeaways.
  • Peer Roundtables: Where the collective comes to shine! Members bring challenges to the forum for discussion and support in facilitated breakout sessions.

What else is included in The Lodis Forum?

  • Each participant will have one-on-one coaching/advisory sessions available to them.
  • Members will have access to the Private LinkedIn page to find information, ask questions, and connect with peers.
  • Members will have access to previously recorded expert series sessions and materials.
  • Members receive:
    • Curated articles and research on various topics, including board compensation, board strategy, CEO succession, etc
    • A subscription to Directors and Board Magazine
    • Blogs on topics of importance to the membership
    • Podcast series highlighting our members: Women in Board Leadership

What will you get as a member of The Lodis Forum?

  • You will gain insights and solutions to challenges you face as Chairman or Vice-Chairman
  • You will have a place to come for board excellence, support, accountability, idea sharing, and progress.
  • You will develop relationships with women like you, who are Chairs and Vice-Chairs

What is the investment?

  • There will be no fee for 2021 during the ramp up phase of The Lodis Forum
  • An annual fee, $2500, will start in January of 2022.

Connect with Meghan

Meghan Juday Advisory – Learn more about her work helping families establish or refine family or corporate governance

Speaking – Discuss upcoming speaking opportunities, whether at a conference, podcast, or interview.

Advocacy – Learn more about Meghan’s work with women in family business leadership, including her work with The Lodis Forum