Discover the keys to unlocking the boardroom doors in this program for senior-level women executives. Designed and powered by the Kellogg Center for Executive Women, this course serves as both a boot-camp and gateway for women who aspire to serve on boards as well as those looking to expand their range of directorship opportunities. During this collaborative and rigorous program, you will interact with experienced board directors and senior Kellogg School faculty as you explore the roles of boards, ways to structure boards for high performance, and strategies for maximizing effectiveness as a board member.
Participants will be inspired to improve their understanding of board governance and future director prospects, while learning how to make the leap onto nominating committee radar screens.
Upcoming Sessions (Fee includes lodging and most meals)
The program is designed for senior-level women with the business or management experience to be effective director, this program is for you. Participants seek to position themselves to serve on boards or may be directors and wish to serve on additional Fortune 1000 boards. Participants should possess the financial literacy, business acumen, perspectives and experience necessary to perform well in a governance role.
In this program, you will learn to:
Gain insights into the operations, roles, and structure of boards
Make yourself more visible to executive search firms and nominating committees
Detect “red flags” in financial statements
Maximize your credibility and contributions as a board member
Create a profile within the Kellogg Center for Executive Women’s Corporate Director Database, a free directorship search tool made available to corporations, nominating committees and search firms to help them identify and reach out to qualified female board candidates
The Three Pillars of the Program This program is structured to provide an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of board governance, tools to be an effective director and practical guidance for obtaining directorships.
Characteristics of the Most Effective Boards and Board Members
Understanding operations, roles and structure
Exploring critical roles of directors in:
Selecting, compensating, evaluating, and overseeing the CEO
Strategy and change
Mergers and acquisitions
Examining emerging governance challenges and trends
Maintaining ethical standards
Making the Best Decisions
Gathering and analyzing information to be an effective contributor
Interpreting and assessing balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow statements, notes and auditor reports
Brian Uzzi - Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change;
Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, McCormick School (Courtesy);
Professor of Sociology, Weinberg College (Courtesy);
Co-Director, Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO)
Edward Zajac - James F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations; Chair of the Management & Organizations Department; Director of Kellogg’s Center for Strategic Alliance Research
Michael Dockterman - Partner and Executive Committee Member, Wildman Harrold
Georgia Nelson - President and CEO, PTI Resources LLC
Sheli Z. Rosenberg - Former Vice Chairman and CEO, Equity Group Investments; President of the Center for Executive Women
Kenneth J. Stephens - Senior Vice President, Chubb & Son, Inc.
Ken Taylor - Taylor Meyer Associates
Featured Faculty Video
Professor Vicki Medvec: The importance of framing in board decision making
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