Board Coach for Women in the Boardroom
Deb Nelms is a board coach for Women in the Boardroom (WIB) and the founder of Corporate BoardLink, Inc., a consulting firm focused on strategic services and alliances that “move the needle for women”. She brings expertise in board campaign development including bio/ profile creation and board interview preparation, director program and workshop creation, and advisory board and corporate board development from inception to facilitation and assessment. She has served as a resident board coach for organizations such as the Committee of 200, the Committee of 20 in Russia, World 50, Inc., Women Corporate Directors, National Association of Corporate Directors, Inforum BoardAccess, Women’s Food Services Forum, Watermark, and Kensington International. In addition to individual coaching and program development, she works with several organizations and academic institutions in order to cultivate their c-suite and corporate officers for board service. A partial list of clients includes 7-Eleven, Ecolab, Exelon Corporation, Intel Corporation, International Game Technology (IGT), McDonalds Corporation, Michigan State University-Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Nicor Inc., and University of St. Thomas-Opus College of Business.
Prior to Corporate BoardLink, Debra was a partner at Baker, Nelms & Montgomery a boutique executive search firm based in Chicago. She co-founded the professional services business unit which specialized in direct admit partner searches, board of director searches, and the emerging technology consultancy.
Deb attended of The Art Institute of Chicago and serves as a board advisor to The Bama Companies with facilities in Tulsa, OK, Beijing and Guangzhou, China and Pozan, Poland.