Episode 145:

Landing and Acclimating to your First Board Role, with Melanie Steiner

Oct 6, 2021 | Boardroom Bound

Exploring the ever-changing landscape of the boardroom.

About this episode

While recruiting for board roles may seem like any other, there are key differences that are essential to success. Melanie Steiner joins us today to share lessons learned from successfully transitioning into a public board role.


Melanie is a global retail leader and independent board director, currently serving on the board of US Ecology Inc. (NASDAQ). She is a world-renowned expert in all aspects of risk and ESG, with a 25-year history that includes service on multiple boards, global C-Suite leadership roles, Big 4 advisory, and international/multilateral law and policy.


In addition to her board and governance work, Melanie is a member of the NACD Advisory Council on Risk Oversight, Faculty of World50, and guest lecturer at Fordham Law School. Previously, Melanie spent the past decade serving as Chief Risk Officer for PVH Corp. (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein) based in NY, where she led the global risk, internal audit, crisis management, cybersecurity, and ESG-related functions. Melanie holds a LLM (U of London, UK) and an LLB (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto).


In today’s episode, Melanie shares knowledge gained from her journey landing and serving on a public company board. She also discusses the changing board environment, and the future of ESG considerations. You won’t want to miss this episode of Boardroom Bound!


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