theBoardlist is a curated talent marketplace for the tech community to recommend, discover and connect highly qualified women leaders with great tech board opportunities at scale.
Our vision is that 100% of tech company boards use gender diversity as an opportunity to realize greater company performance. By our estimate, 75-78% of private funded tech company boards have no women. Yet we know that board diversity is a proven driver of business performance. We also know that creating diversity earlier in a company's development allows us to create a more diverse and productive culture now, not later.
theBoardlist leverages the power of our community by inviting CEOs, leading executives and investors to help identify and nominate great board candidates in a private, peer-to-peer platform and also search theBoardlist to find great potential Board members for tech boards.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Founder & Chairman, JOYUS
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading consumer internet and media executive with over 18 years of leadership experience at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Polyvore, Joyus and News Corp.
From 2011 to 2016, Sukhinder founded and served as CEO of video commerce pioneer Joyus. Prior to Joyus, Sukhinder served as CEO of leading fashion platform Polyvore, and as President of APAC and LATAM at Google. From 2003-2009, Sukhinder built Google’s fastest growing region into a multi-billion business spanning 18 offices and 103 countries. From 1999-2003 she served as Founder and SVP of Business Development of Yodlee, the leading data platform for personal consumer financial applications. Earlier in her career Sukhinder served an an early employee at Amazon.com and Analyst with Merrill Lynch and British Sky Broadcasting.
Sukhinder has been named one of the Top 100 People in the Valley by Business Insider (2016, 2012); one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2017), a “Woman to Watch” by Forbes (2014), Fortune (2008) and Ad Age (2010); Techcrunch’s first General Management Fellow (2009); and one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley (2016, 2014, 2010).
Sukhinder is currently a board director at Ericsson and TripAdvisor. She previously served on the board of J. Crew Group Inc and as an advisor to Twitter. Sukhinder’s previous board work also includes private and non-profit boards including: Stitchfix, J. Hilburn, Princeton University’s Computer Science Advisory Council, as well as Jobtrain, providing vocational training for adults and youth at risk in the Bay Area.
In June 2015, Sukhinder founded a new social enterprise platform — theBoardlist, a premium talent marketplace aimed at connecting highly endorsed women leaders with board opportunities in the tech industry. With a community of over 2000 leading CEOS, senior executives, venture capital firms and women leaders, theBoardlist has been featured in numerous publications including: The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and USA today.
Sukhinder has an undergraduate degree from the Ivey School of Business Administration at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and is married with three children.
Sukhinder started her career in Silicon Valley at Amazon.com/Junglee (1998-1999) (acquired by Amazon), where she drove business development for the first generation of Amazon’s marketplace. Prior to Amazon, Sukhinder worked for British Sky Broadcasting (a News Corp company) and Merrill Lynch in New York and London (1993-1998).
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading digital executive and entrepreneur with 20 years of leadership experience scaling and founding companies including Google (President, Asia Pacific & Latin America), Amazon (Business Development for Marketplace), Yodlee (Founder & SVP Business Development), Joyus (Founder & CEO) and Polyvore (CEO). She is currently Founder and Chairman of theBoardlist. Sukhinder also serves as a public board director at Ericsson, TripAdvisor and Urban Outfitters and has previously served as a board member at J.Crew, Stitchfix and an Advisor to Twitter.
In June 2015, Sukhinder founded theBoardlist, a Public Benefit corporation and premium talent marketplace aimed at connecting highly endorsed women leaders with board opportunities in the tech industry. Supported by a community of over 1300 leading CEO’s, senior executives and venture capital firms, to date 2000+ senior women leaders who have been nominated to serve on boards, 380+ board searches have been launched and over 100 board seats have been successfully filled leveraging the theBoardlist platform. theBoardlist has been profiled in numerous publications including: Fortune, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, NYT, Bloomberg, Wired, TechCrunch, Fast Company, and USA Today.
For her work in the Internet industry, Ms. Singh Cassidy has been profiled in numerous publications globally, including Fortune, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, the New York Times, Bloomberg, Vanity Fair, Vogue, TechCrunch, AllthingsD, Ad Age and several leadership books, including: “How Good Leaders Learn,” “Innovation Nation” and “Geek Girl Rising.” She has been named one of the Most Creative People in Business By Fast Company (2017), one of the Top 100 People in the Valley by Business Insider (2016, 2012); a “Woman to Watch” by Forbes (2014), Fortune (2008) and Ad Age (2010); TechCrunch’s first General Management Fellow (2009); and one of the Top 100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley (2016, 2014, 2010).
COO & VP Product, theBoardlist
Lesley Grossblatt is COO & VP Product for theBoardlist, a Public Benefit Corporation working to increase corporate board performance through greater gender diversity. In this role, Lesley oversees development of theBoardlist's board candidate discovery and recommendation platform, as well as overall direction of theBoardlist's growth strategy and business model.
Lesley has led product, innovation and growth efforts at Netflix, Intuit, AltSchool and CreativeLive; she also holds multiple patents for software products. Lesley was recently named to Fast Company's 2017 Most Creative People in Business List and has been a featured speaker at Fast Company's Innovation Festival, the inaugural Women in Product conference, The Girls Lounge and Intuit's Create the Offering and Design for Delight conferences.
Lesley has served as a non-profit board member and as an advisor to several technology startups in the real estate technology and e-commerce spaces. Lesley earned her BA at the University of Chicago and JD at the University of California-Hastings College of the Law.
Strategic Advisor, theBoardlist
VP and Former CMO, Cisco
Blair Christie is a tech-executive and independent board member with a broad range of operating experience across Marketing, Strategy & Business Development, Finance and Investor Relations, Government Affairs, Policy and Corporate Communications. Her expertise includes growing and scaling global businesses, driving operational excellence and motivating large organizations across a broad range of disciplines. Blair has a proven track record in developing and executing global strategies, leading digital transformation, energizing brand/reputation and delivering on sales targets through innovative demand gen work across Enterprise and SMB customers. Recognized as a leader who can create high-performing teams, small and large, with strong financial acumen and proven results orchestrating the "full stack" of Marketing and Digital initiatives. She understands how to deliver award-winning thought leadership, global brand awareness and deep customer & influencer engagement. Passionate about creating business strategy that intersects with social good.
Blair earned both her B.A. in Finance & Marketing and MBA, with a concentration in Investment Management, from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides just outside of Washington DC.
theBoardlist Advisory Board
Gerri Elliott, Broadrooms
Jana Rich, Rich Talent Group
Jeff Markowitz, Greylock Partners
Mauria Finley, Independent
Peter Clarke, Accel Partners