Founder of Champion Boards & President of Technology Place, Inc.
Elizabeth Ghaffari, the author, is a business professional with twenty years’ experience as President/CEO of Technology Place Inc, her own technology consulting business, and another fifteen years’ experience in corporate data processing, operations, economics and project management in the U.S. and abroad.
Ms. Ghaffari presents her research and survey findings at corporate, academic and public conferences dealing with the challenge of women’s advancement to leadership and board service. Through Champion Boards, she applies her research and analyses to entrepreneurial advocacy and advisory consulting with businesses and entrepreneurs who want to build boards as a tool to foster effective strategic planning and promote business growth.
With extensive online knowledge-based resources in the governance field, Ms. Ghaffari’s market research and public presentations currently support nationwide efforts to promote economic opportunities for women and to advance their candidacy as directors on corporate and entrepreneurial boards. Her web site, www.championboards.com, is recognized as an authoritative resource for innovative and creative analysis of the women on boards challenge, and her writings have been recognized by other web-based resources including NewsOnWomen.com.
In 2004, Ms. Ghaffari began analyzing the changes arising in the public corporate marketplace as a result of federal laws mandating greater transparency and accountability of U.S. stock-based companies. Her Surveys of Women on Boards of Directors at California-Based Fortune 1000 Firms in 2004 and 2005 provided the biographical and research foundation for Outstanding in Their Field.
A draft of the Introductory Chapter of the book was published in the March/April 2007 issue of THE CORPORATE BOARD under the title, “How Women Directors Succeed,” (Vol. XXVIII, No. 163). THE CORPORATE BOARD is one of the oldest and most highly-regarded journals in governance and is edited by Ralph Ward, a leader in the field.
Ms. Ghaffari’s educational background includes governance, economics, and political science at Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson Graduate School of Business) and American University (DC) and Wheaton College (MA).