by Matt Alderton | July 30, 2017
Face-to-face meetings can yield tremendous benefits not only for attendees, but also for their employers. To demonstrate how, meeting planners must have a seat at the corporate table. Understanding the issues that face corporate boards of directors can help them get it. Here are the most pressing, according to the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD), which recently released its list of "10 Issues Topping Board Agendas in 2017":

10. Gender Diversity
Having more women in the boardroom challenges boards to ask questions they wouldn't otherwise ask, according to WCD, which says boards increasingly are examining their gender makeup in order to improve confidence in their decision making.

9. Cybercrime
Cybersecurity is no longer the sole domain of IT departments, according to WCD, which says companies increasingly are holding their boards accountable for cyber breaches, too.

8. Crisis Response
In the modern world, every news cycle brings a new crisis to which companies must respond, according to WCD, which says boards must be able to respond by making big decisions quickly and with little information.

7. Business Fundamentals
Industries have gotten so complex that companies often lose sight of the basics, according to WCD, which says boards must remember the "simple stuff" to be successful.

6. Innovative Partnerships
Boards are discovering unique partnerships that are unlocking new opportunities for growth for the companies they serve, according to WCD.

5. Workforce Transformation
In the face of massive change, boards must determine the best way to evolve their company's workforce, according to WCD.

4. Innovation Culture
To survive in an age of disruption, companies must out-innovate their competitors; boards can help them do so, WCD suggests, by consciously cultivating a culture of innovation.

3. Business Democratization
Successful boards are learning to operate in a "newly horizontal world" where information flows in all directions -- including up to senior leaders from consumers and junior employees.

2. Shareholder Activism
Boards used to reject activist shareholders; increasingly, however, they're embracing them, according to WCD, which says shareholder activism can help boards make better, clearer decisions.

1. Disruption
In order to succeed, businesses increasingly are told they must be "disruptive"; according to WCD, however, boards have a responsibility to ensure that disruption actually meets a consumer need.

Source: WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation