Founder & CEO

Nancy E. Sheppard

A Leader in the Movement for Gender Diversity in the Boardroom. 

Nancy Sheppard, founder& CEO, Women2Boards, 2016

Nancy founded Women2Boards in 2014 to assist women leaders on their path to a corporate board seat. Her challenges and achievements of working in male-dominated environments for many years inspires her passion to assist more women succeed in business and breakthrough the boardroom ceiling.

Nancy joined the Leadership Team of The Athena Alliance in February 2017 and now spends most of her time consulting with board qualified women on their “Go to Market” strategy and assists them design their board seat campaign through the Athena Aspiring Director Program.

Professional Experience

Nancy has management and governance experience in banking associations, financial services industry, and legislative, regulatory  & political environments. Following 20+ years as President & CEO of Western Independent Bankers (WIB), a trade association serving independent banks and firms serving the financial services industry in 13 Western states, she felt it was time to use her many connections and governance experience for a new cause – bringing qualified women to corporate boards that need new talent.

“A Feisty Regional Powerhouse” American Banker newspaper description of Nancy’s reputation as CEO of Western Independent Bankers.

Prior to WIB, she held two senior management positions at the California Bankers Association with overall responsibility for federal government relations, public and media affairs, and educational programs.  She moved to the Bay Area after spending six years on Capitol Hill for three separate Members of Congress as a legislative aide.

Governance & Board Experience

During her tenure at WIB, she promoted director education as one of the main services of the organization.  She was the main staff advisor on design of the educational program content and the leader in bringing products such as board and director evaluations and online board portal services to improve governance and efficiencies for financial institution boards.

She was an inside director and on the executive committee of the WIB Board (1989-2013), a founding member of the board and corporate secretary of Western Independent Bankers Service Corporation (1994-2013),  and a founding director and corporate secretary of WIB Self-Insurance Group (2005-13).

She was a member of the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment San Francisco Regional Board, from 2009-14,  serving as Regional Chair from 2010-13.  She was Chair of the Financial Institution Marketing Association West, and board members of the California Intermediate Banking School and the YMCA of San Francisco.

She was the Chair of the Host Leadership Committee and Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2020 Women on Boards National Discussion on Board Diversity meetings held in San Francisco in 2015 and 2016.  She is a member of the Leadership Committee for the San Francisco National Discussion which was held on November 15, 2017.


She was chosen as one of  the 100 Most Influential San Francisco Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2011, as Volunteer of the Year for the YMCA of San Francisco in 2005, and received The Award of Excellence from the Northern California Society of Association Executives in 2004.

Speaker on Boardroom Gender Diversity Issues

Nancy speaks on topics such as:  how to put together a strategy to gain a board seat; trends in the selection of women directors; benefits of gender diversity in corporate leadership;  research regarding gender diversity in leadership; and the history of women on boards. Speaking engagements include:

  • NYSE  Governance Services Annual Board Summit – New York City
  • NYSE  Governance Services Annual  Board Summit – Southern CA
  • Directors & Board’s Women on Boards: Teeing Up Talent for Your Board’s Future – National Webinar
  • Boardroom Performance Group/Executive Next Practices Forum’s Developing a New Generation of Board Leaders – Irvine, CA.
  • Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute’s Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum – San Francisco
  • 2020 Women on Boards National Day of Discussion, Beyond the C-Suite – San Francisco
  • Lee Hecht Harrison –  Western Region Conference Call for Executive Consultants
  • Evercore Wealth Management Wise Women Series – San Francisco and Oakland, CA.

Contact about hiring or sponsoring her to speak at your company or an educational event.