Advance Your Board Career.

tBL Plus is designed to help board candidates proactively pursue a board seat through positioning, exposure, and preparation.

1:1 Coaching

Improve Your Pitch + Board Bio

Boosted Profile Exposure

Become a better board candidate.

There's no one-size-fits-all timeline to land a board role, but in our experience working with thousands of aspiring and experienced directors, there are clear, proactive steps you can take to advance your board journey in 2023. 

Develop powerful positioning that's unique to your experience and interests + the tools to effectively communicate your value
Maximize your exposure to opportunities through consistent networking and distribution of your theBoardlist profile
Prepare for board service by thoughtfully considering your board goals and deepening your governance knowledge

How it Works.


Upgrade to tBL Plus

Complete our one-step payment process to upgrade your account


Get started - fast

The tBL Plus Portal will appear in your theBoardlist profile menu options within one business day


Make measurable progress

Follow the Action Plan to proactively "create your own luck" in your board journey


What's Inside tBL Plus?

tBL Plus Portal

Access the tBL Plus Portal directly from your theBoardlist account by navigating to "tBL Plus" in the top menu. All content and resources live here.

Action Plan

The complete tBL Plus Action Plan document lays out each part of your tBL Plus membership - and our team is always available to help.

PVP Workshop + Board Bio Workbook

Use the workshop + workbook to draft your key materials, and then use your 1:1 coaching sessions for individualized guidance and feedback.

Board Education Center

tBL Plus members enjoy priority registration for theBoardlist community events, exclusive members-only events, and on-demand access to all event replays.

tBL Plus Profile

Along with premium placement in search results and priority placement in candidate distribution lists sent search partners, your profile is marked Vetted by theBoardlist after your first 1:1 coaching session, adding further credibility.

1:1 Sessions

All one-on-one coaching calls with theBoardlist's Talent Team will take place via Zoom. Calls are 30 minutes per session.

Our growing network of VCs, PEs, and search firms that use theBoardlist to source new board talent every day includes:


[theBoardlist] gave me a sense of process, possible opportunities, and key action items to build the strength of my candidacy.

"Nicole was not only incredibly helpful in understanding how to position myself for board roles, but also gave me a sense of process, possible opportunities, and key action items to build the strength of my candidacy. I highly recommend connecting with theBoardlist to better understand how to approach board opportunities in ways that may not be obvious without external guidance."

Karen Huh
1:1 Coaching

I've been pursuing paid board opportunities for a while and have come in second twice. I wanted help in getting over that hurdle of landing my first.

"I've been pursuing paid board opportunities for a while and have come in second twice. I wanted help in getting over that hurdle of landing my first. Not only do I feel better positioned with my board materials but [theBoardlist] also gave me an extra boost of confidence that it will happen."

Linda Choong

Accelerator candidate

In defining my brand, I have renewed and strengthened my self-confidence and validated the value I deliver professionally.

"The investment in time ... has been instrumental to my journey securing a board role. Perhaps even more importantly, in defining my brand, I have renewed and strengthened my self-confidence and validated the value I deliver professionally."

Annette Goodwine

Accelerator candidate


tBL Plus Pricing.

We work directly with individual candidates as well as with companies who want to implement programming to retain their top executives by supporting their board goals. For enterprise partnership details, please contact us.

theBoardlist profile

Access to all basic features
Visible in search results
Connect with searchers at their request
Eligible for features
Create free Profile

Board Risers Accelerator

Five-week virtual intensive
1:1 sessions with our Talent Team
Guaranteed exposure to talent partners + peer networking
Curated cohort; by application only
Includes one year of tBL Plus
Join Waitlist

Feature Comparison.


tBL Plus



Hone in on the unique intersection of your professional experience and interests; create a clear, consistent presence across all platforms where searchers are likely to look for talent

Personal Value Proposition statement
Board Bio PDF
Profile optimization (theBoardlist, LinkedIn)
Personal brand audit

Receive personalized guidance and feedback on your positioning and networking strategies, clarify your board preferences, goals, and capacity, ready yourself for board service and deepen your governance understanding

theBoardlist Community events
Board Education Center resource library + on-demand event replays
via tBL+
Premium newsletter
via tBL+
1:1 access to theBoardlist team
Unlimited 30m sessions
Unlimited 30m sessions
Board service review (goals, preferences, capacity, target companies)
Interview preparation + due diligence list
Feedback opportunities with peers
Feedback opportunities with experienced advisors

Increase your exposure to potential roles and active opportunities through theBoardlist platform, networking, thought leadership, and off-platform distribution of your theBoardlist profile

Visible in search results *with recommendation
Boosted in algorithm
“Vetted by theBoardlist” badge
View and apply for open opportunities
via tBL+
Map Your Network exercise + outreach/follow up plan
Spotlight feature
Social media feature
Invitations to theBoardlist facilitated networking events
Featured as expert/event panelist


Basic features for up to 10 users with everything you need.
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Advanced features and reporting, better workflows and automation.
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Personalised service and enterprise security for large teams.
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Basic features
Individual data
Automated workflows
200+ integrations
Reporting and analytics
Export reports
Scheduled reports
API access
Advanced reports
Saved reports
Customer properties
Custom fields
User access
SSO/SAML authentication
Advanced permissions
Audit log
Data history

Frequently Asked Questions.

Is tBL Plus right for me?

Whether you're an aspiring candidate just beginning to consider board service or an experienced director who's not seeing results, tBL Plus is designed to help you make measurable progress toward your board goals.

We typically advise candidates that board-ready leaders are:
• CEO or Founder of a company with at least $5m+ in annual revenue, OR
• VP level and above at a company with at least $25m+ in annual revenue, OR
• Director level and above at a company with at least $500m+ in annual revenue, OR
• Influencer, thought leader, or domain expert in their industry

How will my profile visibility be improved through tBL Plus?

tBL Plus members enjoy enhanced profile visibility in several ways:

Vetted by theBoardlist badge. After your first 1:1 session with the Talent Team, your profile will be marked as "Vetted by theBoardlist," which means our team has confirmed your experience, preferences, and goals. Vetted profiles receive a boost in search results.

Curated Candidate Lists. We reserve spots on our complimentary Curated Candidate Lists (sent to CEOs, VCs, PEs, and search firm partners) for tBL Plus members whose qualifications match the spec provided.

Spotlight + other features. tBL Plus candidates are prioritized to be featured in Spotlight, our email series highlighting exceptional diverse board talent, as well as on social media, for speaking engagements, and for other opportunities on and off theBoardlist.

How do 1:1 coaching sessions work?

All one-on-one sessions with our Talent Team take place via Zoom. These calls last for 30 minutes. The direct scheduling link to book your sessions is available in the tBL Plus Portal.

Our Talent Team is led by Nicole Kyner. With more than 25 years in executive search and recruiting, Nicole served for more than a decade as both Senior Associate and Research Director, Technology Practice at Spencer Stuart. Her client work at Spencer Stuart included SVP/EVP, C-Suite, and Board level leadership searches for large public, private equity-backed, and growth stage companies.

Do tBL Plus members have exclusive event access?

tBL Plus members enjoy priority registration for theBoardlist community events, as well as access to members-only events not available to our broader community.

On-demand access to all event replays is reserved exclusively for tBL Plus.

tBL Plus members are also prioritized for invitations to in-person events hosted by theBoardlist and by our partner organizations.

Is a recommendation required for tBL Plus members?

A recommendation is not a requirement to join tBL Plus; however, all candidates are required to have for-profit board experience or a recommendation from a for-profit board director to be eligible to appear in search results on theBoardlist.

Can my employer sponsor my membership or reimburse me for my tBL Plus membership?

It's very common for companies to offer reimbursement for professional development. Your company will benefit from the broader, more strategic view of running a business that you'll acquire as a board director, but it's also a matter of retention: board development is a fantastic way to support executives' professional growth while retaining top employees.

We're happy to coordinate directly with your company on your behalf - please contact for details.

Am I guaranteed a board placement at the end of the program?

theBoardlist does not guarantee tBL Plus members a board seat. You will have the tools to consistently attract, intentionally evaluate, and confidently engage with every opportunity that comes your way – and as a tBL Plus member, you'll have exclusive access to view and proactively apply for active searches that fit your background and interests.

I still have questions.

Please reach out to with any questions - our team is happy to help determine if tBL Plus is right for you.

About theBoardlist.

Founded by a 3-time CEO and 5-time corporate board director, we’ve coached 1000’s of CEOs, Board Directors and Entrepreneurs to reach their board goals.  We serve companies of early-stage startups to the Fortune 100, across all industries, to accelerate access to opportunities for women and historically marginalized people to achieve at the highest levels.

candidates, searchers, and recommenders in our network
attendees at our virtual and in-person events
Candidates presented for opportunities
Companies have created searches on theBoardlist

Advance your board career today.