UK Author Gives Insights for Women Seeking Corporate Board Positions


British author and entrepreneur Dr. Yvonne ThompsonBritish author and entrepreneur Dr. Yvonne Thompson, CBE, whose book, 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards – views from the top and how to get there, is coined “the board woman’s bible,” will be in the Authors Pavilion when the Congressional Black Caucus holds its legislative proceedings next week. Dr. Thompson signs her book Thursday, September 17, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Friday September 18th, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.   Prior to Friday’s signing, from Noon to 1:00 pm, she is a panelist for Sister CEO: Best Practices for Women in Entrepreneurship. Events occur at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW; Washington, DC 20001.

In 7 Traits of Highly Successful Women on Boards Dr. Thompson interviews twenty-two successful women on UK corporate boards. Readers learn what Heather Rabbatts, the most powerful woman in football, thinks about being the first woman on the board of The Football Association. They discover how Paula Vennells, the CEO of the Post Office, one of the largest organizations in the UK, achieves work/life balance and how Lloyds Banking Group’s Fiona Cannon will attain 40% gender diversity at senior level by 2020. “Since publishing my book, I have presented its findings to over 30 corporations in the UK, developed a Women On Boards Program, and individual workshops to assist women careerists to sharpen their skills and develop traits and characteristics that help them to get to the board room and stay there,” offers Dr. Thompson.

Originally from Guyana, South America, Dr, Thompson founded London’s first black-owned PR firm, ASAP Communications, over 30 years ago. She achieved other firsts, including founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned by the Global Radio Group and known as Capital XTRA. She is also founder of the European Federation of Black Women Business Owners, a network of professional women in the UK, France, Holland, and Germany and is one of the founders of the African Caribbean Business Network, a black chamber of commerce. Dr. Thompson is a sought after expert on issues pertinent to small businesses, women and minorities. In 2003 she was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List in recognition of services to these groups.

After presenting at the CBC, Dr. Thompson travels to Atlanta to speak at the Corporate Counsel Women of Color 11th Annual Career Strategies Conference. She is available for other US speaking engagements. For US media interviews and to schedule Dr. Thompson for presentations, contact Patricia Green, (301) 526-1089 or

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