Advancing Women to the Boardroom

ION Member Organizations

ION’s member organizations offer a wide range of programs and services to support women on their leadership journeys, just a few of which we’ve highlighted below. For more information on programs in your area or membership options, check out the organizations websites and social media links.


Women’s Leadership Foundation

The Women’s Leadership Foundation seeks to advance the equal partnership of women and men at the highest levels of organizational leadership, driving systemic change and creating greater success for local entities and for Colorado. The WLF’s special focus is to increase the number of women on boards, particularly through the following initiatives:

  • CEOs for Women on Boards Advanced by Women’s Leadership Foundation, an initiative which garners support of Colorado CEOs, board members, and civic leaders who are committed to making Colorado a leader on the forefront encouraging equitable and diverse gender representation on corporate boards.
  • Corporate Board Bound, a one-year board readiness program for C-level and executive women, including workshops and matching with mentors who serve on a corporate board
  • Community Board Bound, a program offering workshops on board governance and members’ responsibilities of nonprofit organizations, as well as programs to match women with nonprofit boards, city and state boards, and commissions


OnBoard Inc., formerly the Board of Directors Network (BDN), was founded in 1993. Today, the group has grown into a prestigious organization as the leading authority on women in the boardrooms of Georgia public companies and a catalyst to increase the number of female directors on public and private for-profit company boards.  OnBoard is the publisher of the annual study of women’s progress on Georgia public boards and C-suite positions, the first such study of its kind. OnBoard:

  • advocates for the advancement of women in corporate boardrooms and executive suites;
  • inspires women to sharpen board and leadership skills while highlighting exceptional women with the Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Award and Executive Leadership Honor Roll;
  • connects qualified women with board opportunities in addition to helping members strengthen their professional networks.

OnBoard is a founding member of ION.


Executive Alliance

The mission of Maryland’s Executive Alliance is to accelerate the success and leadership of accomplished women by expanding their impact and influence through advocacy, education and mentorship. The Executive Alliance:

  • Advocates:  through its census studies, Women of Excellence luncheon, alliances with search firms, partnerships with private and public entities, collaboration with executives involved in the board selection process, and its affiliation with ION.
  • Educates:   through programs, workshops and events supporting leadership development and addressing the opportunities, challenges and issues women face in the board selection process.
  • Mentors:  through its Impact Mentoring program for emerging leaders and networking opportunities for its members.

The Boston Club 


The Boston Club’s mission is to impel the advancement of women to top leadership positions across all sectors of the economic landscape, driven by the core belief is that more women in significant & visible leadership roles will mean better business performance & strengthened economic health in our communities. The Boston Club’s initiatives serve a diverse membership of over 600 members. Its signature programs which include:

  • Distinguished Leaders Series – a series of discussions with influential & innovative community leaders
  • Corporate Board Committee – advocates for more women on boards and serves as a source of exceptional board education & outreach into the business community
  • Corporate & Community Salutes – highlight the work of the Club’s committees, feature a nationally recognized speaker, and recognize companies and organizations who are leading the way. 


Inforum is the only professional organization in Michigan – and one of a few in the country – that combines strategic connections, proven professional development programs, a respected forum for new ideas, and original research to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies.  

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Financial Women’s Association of New York


FWA’s mission is to accelerate the Leadership and Success of women in finance by advancing careers, fostering alliances, and preparing the current and next generation of professionals. The FWA’s diverse activities focus on furthering knowledge through outstanding programs, expanding horizons through briefings with industry and government leaders, and contributing to our community through scholarships and mentoring, internships and community services. Notable annual events include a Distinguished Speakers Series, a Women of the Year Award dinner, and an International Conference. The FWA’s Directorship & Corporate Governance Committee educates and advocates for women’s advancement into the boardroom.


Women for Economic and Leadership Development

WELD’s mission is to develop and advance women’s leadership to strengthen the economic prosperity of the communities it serves. The organization provides women with specific tools and skills to enhance their individual economic status and helps mobilize women to become more active participants in the leadership of area businesses, civic organizations and government. WELD provides programs, events, and a community to support leadership development and business growth.


The Forum of Executive Women

As the region’s premier women’s organization, the Forum of Executive Women actively works to promote its mission: to leverage the power of executive women in the Greater Philadelphia region to expand the impact and influence of women leaders.