“OnBoard: Story of Black Women On Boards” tells the story of the primary African American lady to sit down on a company board, Patricia Roberts Harris, who was additionally a dean at Howard University’s School of Law.

This is a part of WTOP’s persevering with protection of individuals making a distinction from our group authored by Stephanie Gaines-Bryant. Read extra of that protection.

Shannon Nash is a Fairfax County native and a part of a corporation known as Black Women On Boards. (Courtesy Shannon Nash)

The story of the lady who paved the best way for Black girls to serve on company boards is now a film.

Shannon Nash is an Annandale, Virginia, native and the manager producer of the movie “OnBoard: Story of Black Women On Boards.”

It tells the story of the primary African American lady to sit down on a company board, Patricia Roberts Harris, who was additionally a dean at Howard University’s School of Law. It follows the journey of the unimaginable girls who’re a part of a corporation known as Black Women On Boards.

Nash says the group was born out of a Zoom assembly in 2021 initiated by Merline Saintil and Robin Washington, who have been attempting to get extra girls of colour on company boards as a result of they have been what Nash known as “over-boarded” and needed to cross these alternatives on to different girls of their community.

Nash says she was a part of that assembly of 18 girls that, over the subsequent six months, was so profitable that the entire girls received on boards.

The assembly led to the group, then to the movie, of which Nash is the manager producer and producer.

It’s additionally directed by award-winner Deborah Riley Draper. The movie was premiered on the Tribeca Film Festival final 12 months and was additionally a winner on the 2023 Essence Film Festival.

Nash says many individuals don’t perceive the facility of company boards. According to Nash, lots of people don’t know that boards rent and fireplace CEOs.

She says a board’s primary job is to assist an organization with its technique.

Nash instructed WTOP why it’s vital for Black girls to have a seat on the company desk: “Boards want to listen to various views as a result of they’re serving a buyer base. A whole lot of instances that buyer base itself is various and so the individuals sitting at that desk also needs to be various.”

Nash’s contribution to Black girls in company America additionally contains bringing drone expertise to the plenty.

“I really feel like I’m residing the true life ‘Jetsons,’” she mentioned.

As CFO of Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s mum or dad firm, she says they function in three continents and have accomplished over 350,000 deliveries by way of drone. She says the primary factor individuals order is espresso — Nash says it’s fast, it’s sizzling and it’s contemporary.

Nash, who acquired her undergraduate and legislation college levels from the University of Virginia, says she tells younger individuals, together with her three boys, that it’s by no means too early to start networking and to growing these relationships as a result of she says lots of these individuals “will flip into mentors, supporters, your personal board of administrators.”

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the movie has been launched to the general public on Vimeo. Go to onboardthefilm.com to entry the hyperlink.

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