The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) has announced the selection of Laurie Benson, BSN, RN as its new executive director, effective immediately.
NOBC represents national nursing and other organizations working to build healthier communities in America by increasing nurses’ presence on corporate, health-related, and other boards, panels and commissions. The coalition’s goal is to help ensure that at least 10,000 nurses are on boards by 2020. “As a highly experienced executive and board member herself, Laurie will bring the expertise and know how needed at the right time for our coalition,” said Kate Judge, the executive director and executive vice president of the American Nurses Foundation.
In the role of executive director, Benson will drive the coalition’s national expansion to build partnerships, engage with coalition members and serve as a national public spokesperson.
“I am honored and excited to play a leadership role in advancing more nurses to the boardroom where their unique insights, experiences and perspectives will have a significant impact in improving the health of communities and our nation,” said Benson.
Benson has more than 35 years of experience serving as a corporate executive, founder, CEO, C-suite advisor, and multi-sector board member. Since 2009, she has served as CEO of LBS Unlimited. In this role, she served as an advisor to executives on issues such as board
governance, innovation, strategy and high performance teams. She currently serves as a member of several corporate and non-profit boards in industries ranging from health care, finance, and insurance to manufacturing and technology.
Benson earned a bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2013, she was named one of UW Madison’s Distinguished Alumni and received the Chancellor’s Entrepreneurial Achievement Award.