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Women's Director Development Program

Enhance Your Effectiveness in the Boardroom

Professor MedvecDiscover 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)
Session Date Cost
November 4-6, 2015 $6,300 Apply

Program Materials

Attendance is limited to:

  1. Senior-level women executives seeking directorships
  2. Women directors seeking additional board opportunities with Fortune 1000 boards
  3. Women with the financial literacy, business acumen, perspectives and experience necessary to perform well in a governance role
In this program, you will:
  1. Broaden your understanding of the operations, roles and structures of boards
  2. Assimilate and analyze critical, complex decision-making information
  3. Detect red flags and read between the lines in financial statements
  4. Maximize your credibility and contributions as a board member
  5. Become more visible to executive search firms and nominating committees

Characteristics of the Most Effective Boards and Board Members

  1. Understanding operations, roles and structure
  2. 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

  1. Examining emerging governance challenges and trends
  2. Maintaining ethical standards

Making the Best Decisions

  1. Gathering and analyzing information to maximize your contributions in meetings
  2. Asking the right questions
  3. Interpreting and assessing balance sheets, income statements, cash-flow statements, notes and auditor reports
  4. Synthesizing performance information; effectively applying it to identify and anticipate problems and shape solutions

Making the Nominating Committee Radar Screen

  1. Understanding what search firms and nominating committees are looking for in director candidates
  2. Building credibility, evaluating board opportunities and selecting the right boards to join


Special Feature:

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

Marian Powers - Adjunct Professor of Executive Education

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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