Want to Do Board Service? Start the Search Before You Retire

Seasoned executives who want to shift to advisory and thought leader roles should evaluate motivations and skills and build a strong professional network.

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With record numbers of Americans now in their late 50s and early 60s, retirement is on the minds of many. A number of factors weigh into this important decision. But beyond practical considerations like retirement income and health insurance, many tenured professionals wonder how they can continue to use their corporate skills once full-time work ends. A seat on a corporate or non-profit board can be the perfect fit.

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Anne deBruin Sample, CEO
CEO, Navigate Forward

Anne deBruin Sample, CEO and owner of Navigate Forward, is an experienced HR leader and Career Transition Expert. She has written for CEOWorld magazine and has been published in Fast Company and The Wall Street Journal. Her experience includes high-level positions at PepsiAmericas, Caribou Coffee and Whirlpool Corp.