Donna Hamlin

CEO, Boardwise


Donna is CEO and Board Director of Boardwise., Inc. as well as Chairperson of Hamlin Harkins, Ltd., a 40 year-old international management consulting firm working with a broad spectrum of domestic and international companies on issues of strategy, market growth and performance improvement. Industries served are wide, including: high technology, retail, professional services, finance and manufacturing spanning 42 countries.

Boardwise, Inc. provides global clients with best practices in corporate governance with a combination of professional services and best-in-class software solutions related to corporate governance, including, training, professional certification, director assessment, research, board evaluation and an established first-ever global registry of qualified directors. Clients include a broad range of industries, including global corporations such as ING Bank and an exclusive contract to conduct board evaluations for all publicly listed companies in China.

Founding Boardwise. Inc. as CEO in 2010, Donna took it from start-up to a multinational organization in 3 years. Simultaneously, she continued as Board Chair for Hamlin Harkins, Ltd., which holds a long history of awards for corporate success, including ones from General Electric and the International Communication Association.

In addition to her current board and executive roles, Donna’s board experience includes serving as: Independent Director of Dailypay, Inc, and Aussie-web, Inc and Director for Growth Group, Inc. Prior to these roles, she serves as Director for Interhealth, USA, a leading international provider of nutraceuticals, including chair of the compensation committee; board advisory member for Paramit Corporation, a fast-growing standards-setting electronic contract manufacturer as well as for: CoreBrand, a privately-held advertising and branding firm in New York; Lead-Women, an executive development firm in Malaysia; and Themyscira Institute for Integrative Leadership in Europe and has been as a director for the San Jose Stage Company for 25 years. She also served as advisor to compensation committees for publicly-held companies: Asyst Technologies and Trident Microsystems.

She also served as board director for Commonwealth Central Credit Union, CardioGrade, Inc., Agromac
International, and for the non-profit organizations: Girls, Inc, United Way, and the San Jose Ballet.
Donna holds professional governance certifications from National Association of Corporate Directors and Harvard University. She is recognized for her board style as a statesman, with an ability to successfully facilitate robust discussions of issues and integrate directors’ thinking into creative solutions.
Donna holds a Ph.D. in strategic planning from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute(RPI), an M.S. with honors in organizational communication also from RPI, and a B.A. from Siena College.