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Peggy Heeg is a 2009 Alumna of the Board Institute. Her bio is available here.
Columbia Pipeline Partners LP, NYSE (2016 - Present)
Eagle Rock Energy Partners, NASDAQ (2010-2015)
Texas Lottery Commission (2015)
El Paso Tennessee Pipeline Company, NYSE (2001-2003)
DePelchin Children’s Center (2000-2010)
United Way of Greater Houston (2008-2011)
Networking at a director’s conference let to the Eagle Rock opportunity
I believe that if I had not gone through the DirectWomen Institute I would not have obtained my board position. The Institute helped me by 1) understanding the challenges that female attorneys face in obtaining a board position; 2) provided practical advice on how to obtain a board position, and 3) introducing me to an amazing network of successful women.
It is difficult to establish yourself if you are the first woman on a board. There is no doubt that having a female on the board changes the board dynamics and interactions.
My understanding of business, ability to stay composed and knowledge of governance expectations have helped me become an effective board member.
The DirectWomen alumni group has helped me transition to board director. I also have learned that it is important to have a regular dialogue with fellow board members between board meetings.
I stay on top of evolving risks and governance expectations.
I would like to add one board position in the short-term.
It is easy to get frustrated when you are seeking a board position. If you want to be on a board, stay focused on your objective and do not give up. The practical reality is that there are very few board positions and many qualified individuals want to be on a board. It is important to recognize that it may take time to get your first board position. Stay focused, use your network and let people know that you are seeking a board position.