Together we can…

Move the needle on board gender balance.

Guiding Principles:

  • Collaborate, rather than compete, with other organizations whose missions are complimentary to ours
  • Engage with the many male leaders in the Research Triangle who share our commitment to greater gender diversity on boards
  • Maintain the highest standards regarding business background and qualifications to serve on boards in adding to our membership over time
  • Recognize the specific profile and needs of each company with which we engage in identifying potential board candidates


Networking is key to our success.

OnBoardNC is filled with impressive women in all fields, and together we represent a huge pool of talent and experience. One of the primary tactics supporting achievement of our mission is to bring women business leaders together to share stories, opportunities, and networks in order to further support our efforts to open boardroom doors. Personal networking is the key to board seats, so OnBoardNC is dedicated to bringing together board leaders and our members to foster conversation and to demonstrate the power and value we represent as prospective board members.

OnBoardNC launched in November of 2015 with the goal of increasing the number of qualified Triangle-based women represented on corporate boards.

The group’s creation was inspired by then North Carolina State Treasurer, Janet Cowell.  As part of a corporate governance initiative, Treasurer Cowell invited diverse Triangle CEO’s, corporate directors and thought leaders to brainstorm ways of increasing diversity on North Carolina’s corporate boards. Within weeks, the vision of creating an organization of board-ready, Triangle-based women leaders was realized.