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WBL: A great resource for boards and search firms in search of great women candidates

What is WBL?

WBL is a network of more than 3,000 senior executive women and women board members who have deep experience in the health care industry. Our members come from pharmaceutical companies, life science companies, biotech companies, insurance companies, hospitals, home care facilities, as well as across the continuum of service providers such as investment banks, private equity firms, consulting companies, and information technology companies. They have P&L experience, are part of their companies' senior management teams, and some already have public board experience.


What companies work with WBL?

Any company seeking a board member is welcome to work with WBL. This includes executive search firms.


Why should my company work with WBL?

It’s easy, free, and will widen the scope of your search! If your search firm or whoever is conducting the search says that they can not find any qualified women candidates for the board opportunity, this is usually because they haven't checked with WBL yet! Board searches can name your company or be completely confidential, using WBL as the middleman.


How do I work with WBL on this?

WBL has an easy form that can be used to collect information about your board search. If you have a pre-written spec, all the better-- you can simply send that over to us. We then post the opportunity on our Member forums and WBL Members have the chance to apply. We package up the bios and resumes and send them over to you. For board searches that do not require a "get or give" to serve on the board (for-profit companies), WBL also will do a quick database search and contact the top 10 matches to see if they are interested. We prefer that non-profit board members self-select due to the gifting requirement -- it's not our place to raise funds for other non-profits. Again, board searches can name your company or be completely confidential, using WBL as the middleman.


Does WBL charge for this service?

Not at this time, no.


Do you help with jobs, too?

Yes!  Members of WBL can post executive job openings on our online portal and search our member directory. You are also welcome to send your spec over to the WBL team and they'll get it posted for you.  Please be sure to include a deadline and contact person with the description.  We also created a form if you would prefer to send the spec to us that way!


What companies has WBL helped with board openings before?

  • A national non-profit seeking an executive with audit experience for its growing, independent board
  • A for-profit, privately held recruitment company seeking an Advisory Board member for a new market
  • A board search firm helping a publicly traded orthopedic device company find a senior executive woman with European experience
  • A start-up company seeking someone with business development and fundraising experience for its new BOD

How can I support WBL?

Consider becoming a sponsor, purchasing our publications, and staying in touch on our mailing list.


How can I encourage other companies to use WBL to help fill board openings?

Send them this quick guide for how WBL can help, or have them read this page and reach out to us!




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