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The primary purpose of a Board of Directors is to look out for the shareholders’ interests. Boards do this by overseeing mission, strategy, and risk to help create long-term value for stakeholders. However, as the company matures, governance must evolve, so must the nature of Board and CEO leadership itself. Emerging issues, material risks, a rapidly changing business and regulatory environment and changing stakeholder demands all compete as priorities on the board’s agenda.

Leaders must demonstrate agility and courage to lead the business today while enabling the business to grow and innovate for the future. Boards must also keep pace, supporting CEOs and management teams to address these complex challenges and consider the needs of all stakeholders in the process.

Good governance requires discipline, vision and a sense of shared responsibility and purpose. Board Veritas advisors have deep expertise in critical matters for CEO’s and Boards as they navigate these dynamic changes affecting governance.

Our Corporate Governance coaching and advising practice areas:

  • Governance Challenges for Private and Family-Owned Businesses
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Board v CEO
  • Toxic or Dysfunctional Corporate Cultures
  • Risk Management
  • Compliance Matters
  • Leader Dependencies
  • Development of Emotional IQ / Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
  • Succession Planning
  • ESOP Requirements

Previously operating as Taylor Strategic Partnerships, we have helped boards of all shapes and sizes over the last decade.


Chris Morris, MBA – Senior Advisor BV Corporate Division

Senior Advisor | Governance, Finance and Operations

DEI Board Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Chris adds valuable deep expertise and dimensions to our organizational governance practice as an accomplished executive, entrepreneur, advisor, and board member of public and private companies. He brings intensive experience consulting to international and multinational organizations with a focus on accountability and results.

Chris is an accomplished executive, board member and coach of senior executives and boards of directors for both for profit and non-profit companies. He brings a unique blend of finance, strategy, and operations expertise to solve complex management and governance problems and help companies execute their strategies more effectively.

Most recently Chris was Chief Operating Officer of Bonaventure Realty Group, a real estate investment firm and alternative asset manager. Chris was also Managing Partner of MPact Partners, a consulting firm that provides strategic, financial, and operational advice to its clients.

Prior to his role at MPact partners, Chris was Managing Partner of the New York practice of Tatum, a Randstad company that provides c-level executives on an interim basis to private and public companies where leadership and subject matter expertise are critical to a successful client engagement.

Lisa Anne Thompson Taylor – Founder and CEO

CEO and Founder, Principal Governance and Culture Consultant

Lisa Thompson, Board Veritas

A leading strategist partnering with organizations, companies, and individuals to improve the impact of their mission, Lisa Anne specializes in working with leaders to harness diverse strategies and implement effective governance models, tailored to their sector and unique needs. As the Founder and CEO of Board Veritas, Lisa Anne and her team focus on ensuring our portfolio of clients thrive in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

Deeply rooted in community engagement, Lisa Anne has served on multiple boards, including Rotary of Bar Harbor/MDI, the FSC First (Maryland), National Association of Women Business Owners (Greater DC) and City Club of Washington Young Executive Board. These experiences have given her a unique perspective when it comes to governance—how to examine a board’s efficacy constructively and without bias, how to forge productive relationships between company leaders and board members, and how to chart a comprehensive roadmap to success.

Prior to founding Board Veritas in 2010, Lisa Anne spent 15 years in the field working with nonprofits to raise funds, recruit board members and forge institutional partnerships. She served as regional director of development for the National Kidney Foundation; associate director of alumni relations at development for the University of Maryland (College of Behavioral and Social Sciences), and director of public affairs and fundraising at Days End Farm Horse Rescue. Lisa Anne is a BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant (CGC), a member of the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) and the University Club of Washington DC.

Dawn Cacciotti, SPHR, HCS, SHRM-SCP

Senior Consultant | Human Resource Strategy and Executive Recruitment – BV Corporate and Nonprofit Divisions

Dawn Cacciotti, Board Veritas

Specializing in human resources, executive recruitment, and board evaluation of the chief executive, Dawn derives much of her expertise from over 25 years of strategic HR experience. She guides organizations to effectively build their Human Resources infrastructure and assists the leadership team in developing the organizational culture. As a progressive human resources consultant, Dawn partners with organizations across industries to strategically shape their HR infrastructure while advancing their culture, building employee engagement, and driving overall business results. Organizations span the business lifecycle from start-ups to mature, established companies. Industries have included transportation, legal, healthcare, insurance, food & beverage, professional services, web development, government contractors to non-profits with a focus on telecommunications, energy, environmental, among others.

Michael Williams

Senior Consultant | Communication and Culture (DEI&J) – BV Corporate and Nonprofit Division

Michael Williams, Board Veritas

Specializing in communications and the creation of healthy cultures for the board and executive leadership, Michael draws on his vast international work experience with public and private sector organizations in locations throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. He can adeptly and accurately assess the issues and challenges in each situation, providing support and guidance for leadership to align espoused goals of diversity, equity and inclusions with strategic practices beginning with the way they are communicated internally and externally.