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.
Senior-level women executives seeking directorships
Women directors seeking additional board opportunities with Fortune 1000 boards
Women with the financial literacy, business acumen, perspectives and experience necessary to perform well in a governance role
In this program, you will:
Broaden your understanding of the operations, roles and structures of boards
Assimilate and analyze critical, complex decision-making information
Detect red flags and read between the lines in financial statements
Maximize your credibility and contributions as a board member
Become more visible to executive search firms and nominating committees
Characteristics of the Most Effective Boards and Board Members
Understanding operations, roles and structure
Exploring critical roles of directors in:
o Selecting, compensating, evaluating and overseeing the CEO o Strategy and change o Mergers and acquisitions o Crisis management
Examining emerging governance challenges and trends
Maintaining ethical standards
Making the Best Decisions
Gathering and analyzing information to maximize your contributions in meetings
Asking the right questions
Interpreting and assessing balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow statements, notes and auditor reports
Synthesizing performance information; effectively applying it to identify and anticipate problems and shape solutions
Making the Nominating Committee Radar Screen
Understanding what search firms and nominating committees are looking for in director candidates
Building credibility, evaluating board opportunities and selecting the right boards to join
Women’s Director Database Listing
As a participant in this program, you can create your individual profile in the Kellogg Center for Executive Women’s Director Database, an extensive repository of information on exceptionally well-qualified female board candidates. The center makes this exclusive search tool available to corporations, nominating committees and search firms seeking to identify and reach out to potential female directors.
Victoria Medvec - Academic Director; Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management & Organizations; Executive Director of the Center for Executive Women
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); Faculty Director, Kellogg Architectures of Collaboration Initiative (KACI)
Edward Zajac - James F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations;
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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