Prior board service, leadership skills, and financial and business acumen are three key skills corporate boards look for when choosing directors, at least according to Kelly McNamara Corley, co-founder and principal of The Red Bee Group. McNamara Corley was a featured speaker during a live webinar Women in Retail Leadership Circle hosted on Aug. 26 called Getting Board Ready: The Secrets to Landing a Board Seat and Being a Great Director.

“These skills and qualities seem to be table stakes,” said McNamara Corley. “It seems every company these days is interested in those qualities, so you will want to think about the experience you have or can get in the future that will help position you.”

In the above video clip, McNamara Corley reviews additional “hot skills” board committees are currently looking for, including digital skills, marketing skills, international know-how, and more.

The webinar also teaches attendees the roles and responsibilities of corporate board membership; the best ways to present your skills and credentials to get a board interview; how to market yourself as a potential board member — and how it’s different from seeking an executive position; how to prepare your board bio, resume and LinkedIn profile; and so much more!

You can view the full webinar on-demand here. The fee is $79 for non-members, while Women in Retail Leadership Circle members can attend for free! Members, please reach out to Melissa Campanelli ( for details on how to get complimentary registration. Apply to become a member of Women in Retail Leadership Circle here