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Webinar | Evaluating and Interviewing for Board Opportunities
Monday, February 26, 2024, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST
Category: Southern California

Evaluating and Interviewing for Board Opportunities

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (Mountain)
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Central)
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Eastern)


Through networking and additional sourcing approaches for board opportunities, you are getting traction. You are finding interesting board openings but are not sure how to evaluate them. When you get that special email that says you’re in consideration for an opportunity and board members would like to meet you, you want to prepare in the right way. Why? How you approach a board interview is different from a job interview.

Join personal branding and board search readiness expert, Alyssa Gelbard, as she sits down for a fireside chat with Ryan Lahti, Co-Chair of the National Board Director Opportunities Committee (BDOC) and Chair of the Southern California BDOC. On February 26th at 2pm Eastern Time/11am Pacific Time, they will explore how to evaluate board opportunities and prepare for interviews when you identify the right ones.

All PDA members and their guests are welcome. Please register in advance!


$00  Member Registration Fee
$30  Non-Member Registration Fee


Zoom invitations will be shared the day before the event.

Thank you to our National Sponsors!



Alyssa Gelbard
CEO and Founder
Point Road Group

Alyssa Gelbard is the Founder and CEO of Point Road Group, a unique branding firm that helps companies attract customers and drive revenue by delivering powerful brand experiences through their people. Point Road Group also supports executives looking for a job or board seat with strategic personal branding.

Alyssa advises CEOs, leadership teams and board directors on brand strategy, corporate messaging, human capital and employee branding, aligning these elements with business strategy to drive credibility, trust and revenue growth.

As an expert and frequent speaker on executive branding and board search readiness, Alyssa is a strong advocate for getting more women into the C-suite and boardroom and is proud to have built a company led by women. Her unique perspective stems from a background in strategic marketing, branding and communications, where she held leadership roles in the biomedical research, technology and sports & entertainment industries, contributing to growth at organizations including Rockefeller University, Quidnunc and the National Hockey League.

Alyssa serves on the Advisory Boards of Peterra Kitchen and the Graduate Sports Leadership Program at Endicott College and the Board of Directors of Financial Executives International. She is Co-President of the Private Directors Association NY Metro Chapter and an elected member of the Tufts University Alumni Council, serving on the Finance Committee. She is also Co-Chair of the Tufts Women's Network in New York. Alyssa has an MBA in Marketing from NYU Stern School of Business, a BA in Sociology from Tufts University and a Certificate in Private Company Governance from the Private Directors Association.

Learn more about Alyssa and Point Road Group at



Ryan Lahti, Ph.D

Managing Principal

Dr. Ryan Lahti is the Founder and Managing Principal of OrgLeader. As a strategic advisor to STEM organizations, executives and board members, Ryan specializes in helping leaders succeed in high-risk, complex decisions and situations.

Ryan combines business experience serving Fortune 500, middle market and emerging companies in 20 industries with a background in leadership and organizational effectiveness spanning three decades. Prior to founding OrgLeader in 2006, he worked for global consulting firms including Ernst & Young and Hay Group. He also held corporate positions overseeing leadership and organizational development.

As a thought leader, Ryan is the author of The Finesse Factor: How to Build Exceptional Leaders in STEM Organizations. He is a frequent speaker on risk and uncertainty as well as a contributor to Forbes on leadership and organizational effectiveness topics. Ryan has been featured on NBC TV, Inside Forbes Councils and in publications such as Fast Company and CIO.

Ryan serves as the Co-Chair of the National Board Director Opportunities Committee and Chair of the Southern California Board Director Opportunities Committee for PDA. Find more information about Ryan and OrgLeader at