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June 2021

How To Build a Great Board


Talented board members and strong board culture can scale your business and impact to new heights. Learn about the several types of boards and how to manage your board to support your entrepreneurial journey and your company’s success. The series will be led by Karyn Barsa and will include several CEOs and experienced board members as guest speakers.

June 3:  Board Type Matters

We’ll review types of boards, their purpose, and when to form one.  After this session, you will be able to identify which board structure is right for your organization.

June 10:  Getting the Most From Your Board

We’ll cover board components, how to manage a board, and how to construct meeting agendas.  You’ll gain clarity about the benefits a properly managed board can provide to your venture.

June 17:  Should You Pay Board Members?

We’ll explore the question of whether to pay your board members, and the various compensation types to consider.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear both sides of this issue and to consider creative compensation elements.

June 24:  Recruiting Board Members

We’ll talk about how to attract and retain board members.  After this session, you’ll be able to locate and approach board candidates with confidence.


Time: Thursdays 11am to 12:15pm (PDT)

Cost: $195 for OEN members; $275 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds.* 

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Karyn Barsa

Founder, K. Barsa Associates

Karyn Barsa has led vibrant premium-brand organizations as CEO, COO, and CFO. She has extensive experience as a member of governance boards and advisory boards for both public and private companies, and as a trustee for several non-profit organizations. Karyn’s roles on Audit, Risk, and Compensation committees have been integral to the success of numerous organizations.  Several of these organizations have been start-ups and small companies, including Radiant Healthcare, Revant Optics, Beau Lake, and others.She has also founded two companies, K Barsa Associates (financial services) and HeadStart Custom Helmets (powersports).
Karyn’s career includes investment banking, turnaround corporate finance, and leadership of emerging and established brands. Karyn has spoken at various conferences and universities about business practices and board experience. She holds an MBA from University of Southern California and BA, Economics from Connecticut College.

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June 3, 2021 11:00 AM
June 3, 2021 12:15 PM
Online! Link will be sent to all registered attendees prior to the call
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