Recruiting Board Members and Senior Executives

May 17, 2022 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | Online Webinar

Speaker Slides

Building and Keeping Your Executive Team

Robert A. Adelson, Principal, Business and Tax attorney @ Adelson & Associates, LLC. Chair Emeritus @ Boston ENET

Recruiting Top Talent to Your Emerging Enterprise

Clark Waterfall, Founder & Managing Director, Boston Search Group

What are the Differences Between CEO & Chairman?

Clark Waterfall, Founder & Managing Director, Boston Search Group

Guide to Board Recruitment

Lawrence J. Stybel, CEO/Co-Founder, Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc.

A  recording of this webinar is available for ENET members only at Learn how to become a member here!


The startup journey is fraught with obstacles and problems. You’ll find that it is lonely at the top, and you need someone experienced who is on your side to talk to and to seek advice.  A board of business, technical or scientific advisors can help by providing access to contacts, experience, expertise and much more from different perspectives. As your startup grows beyond your co-founding team, you will also need to hire senior executives and build a larger organization.

Our panelists, who are experts in executive search and compensation will address questions such as:

  • Where do you find the right talent to fill your board and executive positions?
  • How can you compensate them with your limited resources?
  • How do you structure your board and senior executives for success?

A Question and Answer (Q&A) Session will follow the panel discussion, and the Expert Panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.

Event Schedule

May 17, 2022
7:00 pm ET
ENET Chairperson's announcements
7:10 pm ET
eMinute Pitch
Up to 3 Startup pitches
7:25 pm ET
Expert Panel
Expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:10 pm ET
Q & A
Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm ET
Panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.


Waterfall Clark

Clark Waterfall

Founder & Managing Director, Boston Search Group

Clark Waterfall is Managing Director of BSG. Founded 25 years ago as Boston Search Group and rebranded as BSG, the firm is a national boutique retained executive search firm focused on the C, VP, and board of directors levels for growth-stage businesses seeking what BSG terms Builder-Leaders.  Previously, Mr. Waterfall spent five years as VP at Management Recruiters International and began his career with Citicorp.  Clark has an MBA from Babson’s Olin School and did his undergraduate studies at Tufts University and New England Conservatory of Music.   Clark lives in MetroWest Boston and has an obsession with tennis.



Stybel Laurence

Laurence J. Stybel

CEO/Co-Founder, Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc.

Laurence J. Stybel is a psychologist, entrepreneur, author, Board member and Executive-in-Residence at Lexington Search Fund Capital.

Larry is co-founder of two companies, one of which is called  Its mission is to be a resource to Board of Director Nominating & Governance Committees on Board Talent, Board Education, and Board-CEO conflict.  Larry has been on the Board of Director of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.  He also has been on the Board of several companies in the HRTech space and was on the Board of Directors of the National Human Resource Association.

As an author, he and his partner Maryanne Peabody write monthly perspectives on leadership and career management for Psychology Today.  Their articles have been downloaded nearly 485,00 times.  He also is the co-author of Navigating the Waterfall, a book about career management and job search in the 21st Century, available on Larry’s perspectives about leadership have been published by California Management Review, Directorship, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Larry is listed in Who’s Who in Business and Finance and Who’s Who in America.  In 2019 the publishers of Who’s Who presented Larry with the Albert Marquis Distinguished Service Award for “his enduring contributions to the field of leadership.”

Larry received his doctorate in psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  He was named a Career Management Fellow (CMF), the highest level of professional certification by the Institute for Career Consulting International.  ICCI is the world’s only international non-profit certifying body for the career services industry (  He later served a term on its Board of Governors.

Prior to his career as a psychologist, Larry was a professional actor appearing on stage Off Off Broadway and at Dallas’ Theater Three.  He won the United States Army “Best Actor” trophy for playing a retired British General who decides to spend the rest of his life living in a tree. Other roles include Harold in “Boys in the Band” and Jean Paul Marat in “Marat/Sade.”


Adelson Rob

Robert A. Adelson

Principal, Business and Tax attorney @ Adelson & Associates, LLC. Chair Emeritus @ Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET)

Rob has been an attorney for over 30 years specialized in business, tax, stock and options, employment, contracts, financing, trademarks and intellectual property.  Rob began as an associate at major New York City law firms before returning home to Boston in 1985 where he has since been a partner in small and medium sized firms before joining Engel & Schultz LLP where he was a partner from 2004 to 2019. When the senior partners retired, he moved his law practice to his own firm, effective 1/1/2020. Rob represents entrepreneurs, start-ups and small companies, independent contractors and employees and executives. Rob is a frequent speaker on business law topics and author of numerous articles published in Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech and other publications, plus more than thirty articles since 2016 on executive employment topics published by CEOWorld magazine. He has been named among the “Top 20 Boston Startup Lawyers” by, a website that provides tools for entrepreneurs. Rob has been on the ENET Board since 2002, was Vice Chair 2005-2009, and ENET Chairman 2009-2019.  He was also a Co-Founder and Board member of the 128 Innovation Capital Group (2004 -2015). In 2016, he received the IEEE USA Professional Achievement award for “extreme dedication to the entrepreneurship community.” He holds degrees from Boston University, B.A., summa cum laude, Northwestern University (Chicago), J.D., Law Review, and New York University, LL.M. in Taxation.

Moderator & Organizers

skiba dan

Dan Skiba

Managing Director, Skiba Advisory Associates VP Printed Electronics, Chasm Advanced Materials Vice-Chair Programs, Boston ENET

As a Product Development Company Executive, I provide strategic leadership in product innovation, and managing global teams, delivering award-winning products to the international market.  My ability to problem solve, direct the entire product development lifecycle, and gain commitment to a common goal have driven faster release of products and market penetration.  By building synergies across all Product Life Cycle disciplines, we have delivered products that result in 100% product utilization and seamless integration into customer environments.  My skills in optimizing international resources have significantly reduced costs and streamlined production, delivering product excellence.

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