Women on Boards

Work with Yale to launch a successful board seat search


May 5 -  10, 2019

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Registration will close once the program reaches capacity.

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All meals and lodging included
Location: Yale SOM Campus
Investment: $11,000
Contact: Lisa Kammert
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As more women reach senior roles within organizations, they are increasingly interested in working on boards as independent directors. Research shows having a critical mass of women on a board leads to higher quality decision making, reduced operational risk, faster innovation, and better financial results on many key metrics. This program is designed to help you launch your search for a seat on a board, understand the skills required, and develop those most needed in today’s boards, which have evolved significantly over the last decade.


Becoming a board director helps women leaders in many ways, a few of which are:

  • Acquire and contribute invaluable strategic perspective to prepare for success in a C-suite role
  • Form important professional “mentor” relationships across industries and sectors
  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise that can expedite professional advancement

Breaking into the boardroom can be challenging for anyone. Yale’s Women on Boards program gives its participants an advantage with guided preparation for the board search process. Prior to arriving you will complete pre-work, which includes pre-readings and drafting a board resume. You will develop your professional plan throughout the course and review your progress in a 3-month group coaching check-in.

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  • What to expect

    • Learn about the different types of boards and key responsibilities for board service
    • Create a plan to build experience that makes you a competitive board candidate
    • Complete a self-assessment to gauge your strengths and areas of development
    • Participate in group executive coaching sessions to develop your skillset
    • Develop a board resume that emphasizes the skills most desired by board’s today
    • Engage with executive search firms that specialize in searching for women on boards
    • Get input from experienced board directors, search firms, and corporate governance experts to understand what you need to know for a board search and for the role

  • Who should attend

    Senior corporate or non-profit women executives currently in or preparing for the C-Suite, or who are preparing for retirement.

  • Curriculum

    Highlights include:

    • Boards in the 21st Century: Board Types and the New Directors’ Roles
    • Corporate Strategy: The Board Oversight Rule
    • Network Building: Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers
    • The Search Strategy: Working with Board Search Firms
    • Women on Corporate Boards Panel
    • Communicating Your Personal Brand
  • Faculty

    Coming soon.

  • Registration

    May 5 – 10, 2019

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Registration will close once the program reaches capacity.

    Request Application Materials »

    Apply Now »

    How do I explain the benefits of the certificate program to my supervisor?
    Download the Sample Justification Letter.


    15% discount for NON-PROFITS
    15% discount for YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT Graduate
    10% discount for YALE UNIVERSITY Graduate
    15% discount for 4 or more people

    For more information, please contact Lisa.Kammert@yale.edu.