Corporate boards are still dominated by men, with only a small percentage of seats at Fortune 500 companies being held by women. However, women may be able to work their way onto corporate boards by focusing on networking, according to Christine Westland of Brocade. Before joining a board, make sure it's a good fit for you, she advises. "[Y]ou never want to join the board feeling like you would be the token woman," she said. "Ideally you join because you have the relationships and because the board members value your ability to contribute."
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