Social Impact Start-up TAKE YOUR SEAT Announces Launch of Online Community to Effect Systemic Change in America's Boardrooms

Breakthrough online community, TAKEYOURSEAT.CO removes barriers to successful placement of Black professionals on boards

March 22, 2021 8:36 AM EDT

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RALEIGH, N.C., March 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- TAKE YOUR SEAT, a for-profit social venture company committed to diversifying America's boardrooms, announced today the launch of its online relationship building platform, TAKEYOURSEAT.CO, where Black candidates are linked with board leaders so they can easily and efficiently interact to enrich diversity across America's boardrooms.

Founded on the premise that equitable leadership is a prerequisite to sustained business performance, TAKEYOURSEAT.CO serves as the definitive open-source community where aspiring, board ready and board veteran candidates can interact in real time, enabling public, private and non-profit companies seeking to seamlessly diversify their boards. With an emphasis on broadening networks, membership in TAKE YOUR SEAT offers curated candidate profiles, posted board searches, board governance resources, special events, one-on-one access to thought leaders, a preferred directory accessible by executive search firms, diversity and inclusion training, and a robust resources library.

"The time has come to turn this moment into a movement," said Jerusha Stewart, CEO of TAKE YOUR SEAT.  "There is a 'black hole' in boardroom placement and culture. We are on a mission to spur America's boards to be 'Black Whole' – to create a more inclusive culture/ environment where boardrooms lean into the business imperative of diversity to support board health, innovation and shareholder value."

According to the 2020 annual PwC Corporate Directors Survey, 94 percent of directors say diversity brings unique perspectives to the boardroom, 85 percent agree it improves relations with investors and 72 percent see it as enhancing company performance. Organizations are stepping up en masse to embrace board diversity and are looking for ways to make it happen.

TAKE YOUR SEAT co-founder John Replogle, former CEO of Burt's Bees and Seventh Generation and partner at One Better Ventures said "we are at once solving the relationship problem and the so-called pipeline problem while delivering a more cost effective and expeditious process.  Our aim is for TAKEYOURSEAT.CO to become the definitive source to remove the barriers that have hampered successful placement and contributions of Black professionals on boards."

Founded by CEO Jerusha Stewart, John Replogle (One Better Ventures), and David Baldwin (Baldwin&)  TAKE YOUR SEAT is powered by strategic relationships with dozens of preeminent organizations and Fortune 500 (B Lab) companies.

For more information, click here to register for The Founders Roundtable virtual unveiling on Wednesday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. EST, where the founders will share the origin story, demystify diversity in the boardroom and share how easy it is to give a seat, add a seat, fill a seat and share the mission.

ABOUT TAKE YOUR SEATTAKE YOUR SEAT is a for-profit social venture company and professional networking community whose members and partners believe equity turbocharges business. TAKEYOURSEAT.CO helps candidates, board leaders and boards achieve boardroom diversity success in the near term for the long term.   As the nation's leading online hub for board relationship building, TAKE YOUR SEAT provides education, mentorship, access, and opportunity, while creating an unprecedented, frictionless and cost-effective way for public, private, and non-profit boards to fulfill their promises for equitable leadership. TAKE YOUR SEAT is committed to helping organizations and candidates make the boardrooms of America better reflect America, one seat at a time. For more information, visit


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