November 3, 2023

Women Governance Trailblazers: Cigdem Oktem

In the latest 22-minute episode of Women Governance Trailblazers, Courtney Kamlet & I were delighted to interview Cigdem Oktem, who leads EY’s Center for Board Matters in the US Central Region. She launched EY’s regional approach to help boards and C-suite executives benefit from the practices of their peers and CBM insights. Cigdem is a sought-after speaker and facilitator for board and CEO events around the country and is particularly skilled at using the power of storytelling to help leaders ask the right questions. Listen to hear:

1. Cigdem’s career journey in corporate governance & finance – including her roles as a CFO and as an advisor to boards and audit committees.

2. The biggest governance changes that are happening right now.

3. Tips on sharing information and influencing board behavior.

4. What’s next for the EY Center for Board Matters.

5. What Cigdem thinks women in the corporate governance field can add to the current conversation on the societal role of companies.

To listen to any of our prior episodes, visit the podcast page on or use your favorite podcast app. If there are “women governance trailblazers” whose career paths and perspectives you’d like to hear more about, Courtney and I always appreciate recommendations! Shoot me an email at

Liz Dunshee