Jill Griffin is a Forbes.com contributor, NYSE independent Public Board Director, internationally-published Harvard “Working Knowledge” author, and NACD Governance Fellow. She is the author of five books. Her newest are Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board and Women Make Great Leaders.

Since 2003, Jill has served as an Independent Board Director for Luby’s/Fuddruckers Restaurants (NYSE: LUB). She chairs the Talent Management & Administration committee overseeing areas including Store Operations, Risk, and Management Succession. Jill is a member of the Executive Committee, Nominating & Governance Committee and the Executive Compensation Committee.

She leads Jill Griffin Executive Learning whose mission is to coach talented leaders to break out of Middle Management, rise into the Executive Suite and ultimately onto a Corporate Board.

Jill began her career in Brand Management at R.J. Reynolds, where she rose to manage the corporation’s largest brand, Winston.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the University of South Carolina and is the recipient of the school’s Distinguished Alumna Award. The Jill Griffin Endowment Award is gifted yearly to a deserving MBA student.

Jill’s interests include yoga, acrylic painting, biking, and American history.