Launching Purposeful Advisory Boards with Galvanizer Annette Taber

Episode 004

April 13, 2023

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In this episode of the Advisory Board {INSIDER} podcast you’ll meet Annette Taber, who has had an impressive career in technology products with such companies as Tech Data and the IT industry’s major association, CompTIA. In this episode we explore Annette’s early beginnings in fashion marketing, her experiences in modeling, and her decision to pursue a more structured career at Tech Data Corporation.

We delve into her transition from sales to operations and her subsequent moves up the corporate ladder. We talk about Annette’s move to smaller companies and her time on the Board of Directors at CompTIA. She shares the career move to CompTIA and the strategic development of industry advisory boards at the technology association, combining industry leaders to solve problems collectively. Annette shares her behind-the-scenes process of building and managing these boards and establishing self-governance within them.

We also discuss her decision to move on from her position at CompTIA and create her new company, BoardSwap, which focuses on formalized advisory boards, project-based boards, and peer groups. We explore into the importance of understanding a company’s needs and priorities before creating an advisory board, and the role of a Certified Chair in providing guidance.

Join me in this captivating conversation with Annette Taber to learn more about her incredible journey and the impact she continues to have.

Annette Taber
Founder & CEO, BoardSWAP
Certified Chair


Contents of this video:

01:01 Meet Annette Taber
05:20 Fashion Marketing
06:48 The Tech Data Years
10:56 Move to Smaller Company
13:18 Hired At CompTIA
15:22 Industry Advisory Councils at CompTIA
23:58 Structuring Industry Boards for Success
29:19 Launching BoardSwap
36:46 Customer Advisory Board Example
39:39 The Galvanizer
42:19 Advice for CEO
47:02 Rapid Fire Questions

Links mentioned in the podcast episode are:

1. Saint Petersburg College –
2. Tech Data Corporation –
3. Global Convergence acquired by New Era Tech –
4. CompTIA –
5. CompTIA Industry Advisory Councils –
6. Advisory Board Center –
7. Board Swap –
8. Calendly –
9. Keurig Coffee –