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Keith D. Dorsey

Managing Partner/US Leader of CEO and Board Services PracticeBoyden

La Quinta, CA

Member Since May 2023


Business Consulting


As a researcher, author, advisor, and active board member, I focus on issues of diversity, governance, and strategic growth for private and public corporate boards. Currently, I am also a Managing Partner and U.S. Practice Leader of CEO & Board Services at Boyden, a global executive search firm with 75 offices in 45 countries. Fueled by a dedication to leadership, relationship building, and optimizing performance, I have forged a 30-year track record of supporting businesses of all sizes, including large multinational companies, achieve exponential sales growth and shareholder value through my roles as sales executive, coach and consultant, and independent director. I specialize in helping businesses navigate significant periods of change (e.g., mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, turnarounds, start-ups) by uncovering root causes, crafting strategic growth plans, and attracting, developing, coaching, engaging, and retaining key talent. The capstone of my academic journey has been my doctoral dissertation, where I examined the pathways Black women executives took to secure corporate board seats. From this, I gained powerful insights about the barriers and facilitators unique to diverse candidates seeking board positions. I am passionate about serving on boards of directors for publicly traded, privately owned, and nonprofit organizations. I currently hold board seats at Vimly Benefit Solutions, a private technology and third-party administration company; Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School; City of La Quinta’s Financial Advisory Commission; and the Pacific Crest Trail Association. Previously, I served as a Board Member for Orion Talent, a recruitment process outsourcing and talent acquisition firm. I am a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Certified Director, a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and a graduate of Santa Clara University’s Black Corporate Board Readiness program. Moving forward, I continue to combine my varied competencies and experiences into a powerful blend of oversight, advisory, and thought leadership activities: · At Boyden, I work to increase the visibility of the firm’s offerings among both corporate boards and the vast pipeline of qualified diverse board candidates, in turn, helping boards find the directors they need. · On the corporate boards I serve, I offer the insights to help businesses aggressively grow their bottom line and shareholder value during significant periods of change. · Through my research and writing, I publish standalone articles and article series. My forthcoming book, Charting an Intentional Path Toward Corporate Board Service: Practical Guidance for Women at Every Career Stage to Secure a Seat at the Table, combines my research insights with my extensive executive, board, and industry experience to provide aspiring and active board members with the counsel they need to secure board positions. These varied pursuits allow me to continue my journey of learning, listening, questioning, and driving so that executives, board directors, and their organizations may achieve meaningful results and strategic impacts that benefit all stakeholders.

Published content

Navigating the jungle beyond the glass cliff: Part II


If you understand and manage your mentality, the corporate culture, your support network, and your work-life balance, you can navigate the "jungle" and achieve success.

Navigating the jungle beyond the glass cliff: Part I


The first article in a two-part series introduces readers to strategies for navigating the corporate jungle.

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Company bio

Founded in 1946, we are a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with a worldwide reach that enables us to serve client needs anywhere they conduct business. As a Global Boutique, we combine a localized approach with global capabilities, connecting great companies with great leaders through executive search, interim management, and leadership consulting solutions.


Corporate leadership

Area of focus

Professional Services

Company size

1,001 - 5,000