Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Founder, theBoardlist and Founder & Chairman, Joyus
Since moving to Silicon Valley twenty years ago, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy has founded two companies, headed up Google’s Asia Pacific and Latin American operations, taken on the CEO role at multiple organizations, served on several boards, and become an angel investor. She’s been recognized on many other lists over the past decade, notably the Top 100 People in the Valley by Business Insider (2012, 2016), a “Woman to Watch” by Forbes (2014), Fortune (2008) and Ad Age (2010), and one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2017). What earned her a spot on our Top 25? Launching theBoardlist in Canada in April. The online talent marketplace enables qualified female candidates to be endorsed and discovered, connecting board-ready women leaders with opportunities to serve on private and public company boards. It is a tool addressing a very real issue; not only are women grossly underrepresented at the board level in both the U.S. (where she originally launched theBoardlist) and Canada, but, according to a recent study, the reason cited by most male board members for the lack of gender parity is a lack of qualified female candidates to fill positions. Thanks to Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, that problem (or should we say, excuse) has a simple solution.