Sheila Ronning: Women in the Boardroom Trailblazer


“If you’re not learning or growing, you’re dying.”

Thus says our special guest, Women in the Boardroom CEO, Sheila Ronning.

As the CEO and founder of Women in the Boardroom, Sheila will share her experience building her company. Next, learn why there is a need for organizations like hers to enable women to gain board positions.

Listen, as she explains the reason for the shortage of women CEOs in the corporate boardroom. Plus, learn why diversity should be an important component when choosing the members of your board.

She’ll also list the qualities or background that corporate boards are looking for in their candidates; and why you have a chance to be part of the board even if you don’t belong to the financial industry.

As a networking expert, Sheila explains how she helps her clients land corporate board positions through strategic planning and processes.

Sheila is an expert in connecting women, executives and professionals with tools they need to succeed in business. She does this by organizing board coaching sessions, seminars and webinars. Plus, find out what drives Sheila to work with women and make a difference in their lives.

As a midwestern girl from Minnesota, Sheila talks about living in New York and the hard lessons she learned along the way.

Lastly, Sheila explains why she calls her members Life Learners: women who are stimulated with learning from extremely powerful people and having discussions with them.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How she started Women in the Boardroom.
  • The reason why we need an organization like hers to get women in the corporate boardroom.
  • The relationship between the number of women on corporate board and women CEOs. And why corporate organizations need to embrace diversity.
  • The types of background corporate boards are looking for in their candidates.
  • How do Women in the Boardroom prepare their clients en route to executive position.
  • What drives her to help women succeed in the corporate world.
  • How moving from Minnesota to New York became her biggest challenge and how did she overcame it.


  • The way you get into the boardroom is through your network.
  • Our network wants to help us, but we need to help them help us.
  • You don’t learn and grow without those bumps in the road.
  • People love the authentic.
  • If you’re not learning or growing, you’re dying.

Big Takeaways:

  • Even though women are great at networking, they’re not so good at using this skill. Thus, the need for organizations like Women in the Boardroom.
  • Corporate organizations need to elect board members that truly represent their customers (E.g. women, Asian, African-American and so on).
  • Be authentic when building or running your business. Be who you are, not as someone who you think you’re supposed to be.
  • Emulating the people you want to be doesn’t mean you have to be just like them.

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