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Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Getting on and Adding Value (Women on Boards)

Mar 26—27, 2020
2 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 3450
USD 1725 per day

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Providing Women Executives with Direction, Tools, and Approaches for Attaining a Seat on Health Care and Related Industry Boards

Gender disparity on boards of directors is well recognized and documented, whether in the for-profit, non-profit, or government sectors. In the United States, fewer than 20% of corporate board directors are women. Nearly 80% of venture capital firms have never had a woman represent them on the board of one of their portfolio companies. Yet studies show that companies with women on their boards make decisions that better protect company value and performance.

Profoundly accomplished and qualified women have an interest in attaining positions on boards of directors and then assuming leadership roles on these boards, but may be unclear how to successfully secure these appointments. Women on Boards: Getting on and Adding Value will put you on a productive path towards attaining a governance position in health care by focusing on the strategies and competencies that will help you succeed at being a first-rate board member, preparing you for the challenges you will face, and providing direction, tools, and approaches for attaining a board seat.

This is a Must-attend Program for Women Seeking Board Positions

This program will feature faculty who are highly successful women board members and other experts in the field. You will join other high-performing, accomplished, and ambitious women who have already achieved much in their careers and who desire to take their talent, leadership, and executive skills to the next level by serving on boards in health care and related industries. As a participant in this executive education program, you will work with faculty to develop a personalized action plan to seek and obtain a board directorship.

This highly interactive course will use case studies and experiential sessions to prepare you for directorship and start you on the path to being a sought-after candidate. You will expand your ability to evaluate board opportunities based on your own preferences and cultural fit, learn to communicate effectively in the language of boards, and gain critical knowledge and skills you will need to be effective.

Women on Boards of Directors

Organizations with women in leadership positions perform better than those that don’t. They surpass others in social responsiveness, sustainability, and financial performance. Recent evidence also indicates that companies with female board members are more successful than those without women, a key concern for organizational competitiveness. As a participant in this program, you will:

  • Learn the essential legal, regulatory, and operating knowledge you will need to serve on boards of directors
  • Develop a deep understanding of your roles and responsibilities as an effective board member
  • Connect with, and learn from, women who have achieved success as board members
  • Develop an individual action plan to seek and secure a position on a board

Objectives & Highlights

  • Grasp the essential differences among boards of corporate public companies, for-profit companies (including private-equity and venture-backed firms), nonprofit companies, and public-sector enterprises
  • Appreciate the legal, operating, and regulatory differences among boards depending on the nature of the organization; e.g., pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, technology firms, innovative/entrepreneurial ventures, insurers, and hospitals
  • Learn the essential responsibilities and duties of effective board membership and leadership,based on the maturity and size of the
  • company and its products or services
  • Connect to, and learn from, women who have achieved demonstrable success as board members
  • Develop your own individual action plans to seek and obtain board seats

Who should attend

Participants in this course will be highly-accomplished women from diverse industries seeking positions on boards of directors in the health care industry. Ideal participants will have held executive-level positions and have a minimum of 10 years of management and leadership experience.

Women currently holding board positions who wish to expand their engagement with boards in health and related industries are also invited to attend.

This course is focused on boards of directors for organizations and industries in the health care sector, including

  • Biotechnology companies
  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health information technology firms
  • Hospitals, health systems, and other health care delivery organizations
  • Other health care-related organizations, including nonprofit organizations


Laurie Samuels Pascal is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy & Management. In addition to teaching, she consults to hospitals and health systems, physician practices, foundations and universities in the U.S. and internationally, and designs forward-looking executive education progra...
Ellen Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children in late 2011. She was the first woman to run the hospital in its 222-year history. The hospital employs more 5,000 doctors, ...
Beth Boland is chair of the firm’s Securities Enforcement & Litigation Practice and a former vice chair of the Litigation Department. She represents clients in shareholder suits, SEC and Attorney General investigations, and consumer class actions. Named one of the “most powerful business peop...
Robyn C. Davis is a senior business leader, investor, and board director. She has extensive experience in healthcare and financial services and has also advised global and local firms on strategic issues across a wide range of industries. Robyn currently serves as a corporate Director for Brooks...
Drawing on 30 years experience, Geri provides executive-level counsel to businesses, nonprofits, colleges, and healthcare organizations. Guided by the belief that communications services must be aligned with a client’s business plan, Geri brings corporate expertise to each assignment. Prior to s...
Andrew Dreyfus is President and Chief Executive Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, one of the largest independent, not-for-profit Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in the country serving nearly 3 million members. As CEO, Andrew leads the company’s effort to make quality health care ...
Grace Fey, CFA, is President of Grace Fey Advisors, LLC. For 20 years, Ms. Fey was a partner at Frontier Capital Management Co., LLC, serving as Executive Vice President and Director of the investment management firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of Affiliated Manager's Group'...
Deborah B. Goldberg is the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General. In that role she is responsible for the state’s cash and debt management, unclaimed property, and chairs state boards and commissions, including the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Pension Reserves Investm...
Anthony Goodman is a member of Russell Reynolds Associates's Board & CEO Advisory Group. Based in Boston, he has significant experience working with board directors and their stakeholders across sectors in the United States and Europe. Anthony advises boards of major public, private and famil...
Pam is a senior executive with experience in corporate, financial services, and public board environments. Her deep knowledge of strategy, finance, executive compensation, mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt markets has allowed her to add value across industries. The majority of Pam’s ...

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Mar 26—27, 2020
2 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 3450
USD 1725 per day

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