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Women Board Directors Development Program

Nov 7—8, 2019
2 days
Seattle, Washington, USA
USD 1875
USD 937 per day

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Build a personal roadmap and action plan for effective board service

Boards are actively seeking qualified women to diversify their decision-making, provide a fresh perspective, and improve their business results. Learn why this is so and how you can take advantage of this opportunity. This seminar is designed for executive women looking to become more influential board members, move from non-profit to for-profit boards, or serve on the boards of bigger organizations. During this two-day seminar, you will build on the stories and experiences of corporate board members and develop your personal roadmap to find the right boards and serve effectively at the table.

Benefits of attending

  • Deepen knowledge of board roles and responsibilities, including financial reporting, corporate strategy, CEO performance and regulatory compliance
  • Understand the best professional pathways to influential boards
  • Develop a detailed personal action plan for securing the right board seat and advancing board service
  • Learn proven techniques for becoming known to nominating committees
  • Understand the board interview and onboarding process
  • Hear from sitting board members how they found their best voice at the table


The Opportunity

  • How do women board members contribute to higher performing organizations?
  • Where are board opportunities increasing for women?

Effective Boards and Board Members

  • What are the characteristics of the best boards and board members?
  • What do women in particular bring to the table? A look at the research on this diversity effect as well as the opinions of current board members.

Board Roles and Responsibilities

  • How are boards structured and what are formal roles and responsibilities?
  • What are the characteristics of different types of boards, including nonprofit, private, startup and corporate?

Developing a Personal Board Strategy and Action Plan

  • Which boards make sense for you? Getting clear on relevant values and goals.
  • How can you leverage your experience into the right board opportunities?
  • What skills and background are boards looking for? What will they see as your strengths? What is the best way to fill gaps?
  • What strategic career choices should you consider to position yourself for directorship?

Focused Networking Techniques

  • Learn how marketing yourself as a potential board member is different from seeking an executive position.
  • Practice this different type of marketing and networking.
  • Learn how to reach out to male directors and others outside your network.

Effectively Joining New Boards

  • What are board members and recruiters looking for in a candidate?
  • Best practices for onboarding.
  • Forging influential relationships with other board members and with management.

Schedule at a glance


  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Check-In and Continental Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Class
  • 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided
  • 1:30 – 5 p.m. Class
  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Networking reception


  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Check-In and Continental Breakfast
  • 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Class
  • 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch provided
  • 1:30 – 3:15 p.m. Class

Who should attend

The Women Board Directors Development Program is designed for senior-level women looking to serve on boards or more influential boards, those wishing to move from non-profit to for-profit boards, and those wanting to become even more effective in the boardroom.


Director, MBA Global Consulting Program @ University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business Director, Women Board Director Development Program @ Uw Foster School of Business Academic Director, Global Business Forum @ University of Washington Passionate about the power of women and b...


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Nov 7—8, 2019
2 days
Seattle, Washington, USA
USD 1875
USD 937 per day

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