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. Global legislation is increasingly requiring boards to fill new board seats with diverse and highly skilled candidates that understand new technologies and more complex business challenges. Boards have finally reached an important pivotal point in their composition and skill requirements that creates opportunities for women.
This program is designed to help you launch your search for a seat on a board, understand the skills required of board directors, and acquire the insights needed on today’s boards as their needs evolve.
Becoming a board director helps women leaders: acquire and contribute invaluable strategic perspective to prepare for success in a C-suite role, form important professional “sponsoring” relationships across industries and sectors, and demonstrate highly visible, unique subject matter expertise to expedite advancement.
Key Benefits of the Women on Boards Program:
- Deepen understanding of critical skills needed and key trends facing boards today
- Gain practical insider’s insights into the board director search process
- Build a toolkit of resources to launch a successful board seat search
- Develop a long-term professional support network
Breaking into the boardroom can be challenging for anyone. Yale’s Women on Boards program gives its participants guided preparation for the board search process. Prior to beginning, you will complete pre-work, which includes pre-readings and drafting a board CV. You will develop a search plan during the course and review your progress post program with peer accountability partners.
For additional programs that prepare women to advance in senior management, please visit our Programs to Promote Women page.
Module One: Live online, November 11 – 13, 2020
Module Two: Live online, Last Friday of each month January through April 2021
Module Three: On campus, June 7 – 10, 2021
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