board·​room | \ ˈbȯrd-ˌrüm How to pronounce boardroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m\

Definition of boardroom

: a room that is designated for meetings of a board

Examples of boardroom in a Sentence

The directors are meeting in the boardroom.

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While this debate will play out in elections over the next decade, a more imminent threat to the Enlightenment’s economic legacy comes from the surreptitious battle being waged in shareholder meetings and corporate boardrooms across America. Phil Gramm And Michael Solon, WSJ, "Enemies of the Economic Enlightenment," 15 Apr. 2019 On the 14th floor of a Wilshire Boulevard high rise, Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director Michael Govan strolls the length of the museum’s boardroom overlooking LACMA’s campus across the street. Deborah Vankin,, "At LACMA, new urgency to finish raising $650 million for the new museum building," 3 July 2018 The number of women in corporate boardrooms, laboratories, Silicon Valley and, yes, major professional sports, remains woefully small. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Becky Hammon's hiring as NBA coach will send an important message – to men," 11 May 2018 Lauder declares himself a champion of boardroom diversity; he is committed to the 30% Club’s goal of achieving 30% female directors in the S&P 100 by 2020. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Estée Lauder Adds 2 Women CEOs to Its Board As It Nears Gender Parity," 16 Apr. 2018 Dressed in a timeless white turtleneck tucked into a checkered pencil skirt, JLo added a Chanel belt to give her boardroom look a fashion twist. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Is How Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Do Corporate Couple’s Style," 8 Nov. 2018 Whether such a successor really exists was not immediately clear in that boardroom. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 2018 Their homes are filled with glowing flames, lit in every room, and so are Danish boardrooms and classrooms. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Practiced Hygge and It's Kind of the Best Thing Ever," 25 Dec. 2018 Following the tumult in the boardroom and executive suite of the past two years, Mr. Rice’s return leaves him as one of the few of his generation of GE leaders that will still be with the company. Thomas Gryta, WSJ, "GE Veteran John Rice Returns to Troubled Power Unit," 19 Nov. 2018

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1732, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of boardroom

What It Is

A boardroom is a place in which a board of directors meets.

How It Works

A board of directors is a team of people elected by a corporation's shareholders to represent the shareholders' interests and ensure that the company's management acts on their behalf. The head of the board of directors is the chairman or chairperson of the board.

Directors attend board meetings, usually quarterly, in order to evaluate management performance, tend to major decisions (such as making acquisitions or selling the company), declare dividends, create stock-option policies (including approving grants to key managers) and establish executive compensation packages. These board meetings are held in the boardroom.

Why It Matters

Often, boardrooms are little more than conference rooms with big, long tables (to seat all the board members). However, they are sometimes the most important place to be when a company is deciding its future, struggling for it survival or plotting revenge against competitors. Board meetings are often confidential in nature, which means that only certain people are permitted in the boardroom during meetings.

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English Language Learners Definition of boardroom

: a room where the group of people who manage or direct a company or organization have meetings

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