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n WOMEN ON BOARDS and equity 74 percent higher than for the entire sample. Those results reflect mere correla- tions between diversity and perfor- mance — causal links require further scrutiny. But Roger Akers of Fair Oaks- based venture capital firm Akers Capi- tal cites that research and says he’s seen why those results happen. On the 20- WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP Pacific Investment Consultants CELEBRATING WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP, INCLUDING OUR VERY OWN PARTNER CHRISTEEN REEG C hristeen Reeg, partner and wealth advisor for Pacific Investment Consultants, dreamed of a career in finance as early as age nine. She has more than 30 years of experience working in the financial sector, and for the last 20 years has owned her own company. The dream she first had at nine has now become a life-long passion, which is evident in how she describes her work. “I am committed to the success of my clients so they can live their best lives possible,” says Reeg. “I help clients manage change, guide them to and through retirement, and ultimately help them reach their goals.” Just like she’s passionate about her career, Reeg also believes in giving back. She currently serves as the chair of the Planned Giving Committee for the El Dorado Community Foundation, a board member for Marshall Hospital in Placerville, and serves on the Advisory “ We help our clients dream big, plan wisely and live fully. ” — CHRISTEEN REEG Partner/Advisor Board of the Assistance League of Sacramento. “At Pacific Investment Consultants, we believe in enriching the lives of our clients, colleagues and communities through sound investment advice, integrity and a commitment to outstanding service. I am fortunate to do just that every day,” concluded Reeg. 1130 Iron Point Rd # 100 Folsom, CA 95630 PAID ADVERTISEMENT. Investment products and services are offered through Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (WFAFN). Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and a separate non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. Pacific Investment Consultants is a separate entity from WFAFN. (CAR #0219-01348) 72 | March 2019 plus boards he’s served on, he says, “In general, women have greater attention to detail and try harder, and I’ve seen that myself.” So how do female executives who fit the bill find the right company and get themselves in position for a board seat? THE RIGOROUS HOW-TO GUIDE There are no quick fixes, and preparing for a board of directors is a career-long process, according to the experts. Diane Miller is president and CEO for Sacramento-based executive search firm Wilcox Miller & Nelson. A corpo- rate governance expert, she also serves on the board of Career Partners Inter- national and spent nine years as a di- rector at Umpqua Bank. Miller says a candidate’s resume must “read well on the street.” That means an MBA or a degree specifical- ly related to the company’s industry is essential, as is a demonstrated passion for the firm and its mission. Executive experience arms strong candidates with financial expertise, an under- standing of revenue streams and mar- ket segmentation, and the ability to evaluate talent. Directors also must be financial- ly independent of their board position and have the time to commit — Miller estimates 240-400 hours per year. “It’s really a second job,” she says. Those tough preconditions mean presentation matters. One of Box’s early steps was to talk to an executive recruiter who specialized in directors. The recruiter told Box that her mar- keting materials had to change —  her three- to four-page CV wouldn’t do for a board-nominating committee. In- stead, Box used her advice to create a “board-ready” bio: a single-page nar- rative, written in the third person, that summarized her board-relevant exec- utive experience, the nonprofit boards she served on and her other community involvements. She did something sim-