I recently heard about an organization called WBL, or Women Business leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation. It was founded in 2001 to provide its members with help to improve their businesses and grow professionally. The part I find especially interesting is the help that WBL offers to senior level executives (VP and above) to get positions on non-health care corporate boards.
The organization has published two books, Answering the Call and Advancing Women in Business. The first is a resource for considering the risks and responsibilities of governance. As WBL notes, "This book is a great place to start considering whether board service is right for you or to brush up on your governance-related knowledge." The second book is to help you understand how to get on a nominating committee's radar screen.
In addition, WBL holds annual Summits about serving on corporate boards and considering your first board seat.
This is a great resource for women health care professionals who want to expand their personal and professional horizons. Many corporate boards are seeking to diversify their membership, and the experience offered by health care people can often be applicable to other industries.