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Where Diverse Leaders Prepare for Impact

The Black Corporate Board Readiness (BCBR) program accelerates diverse representation in corporate governance by accompanying highly experienced, qualified Black leaders through a structured executive education program. The BCBR program connects participants to experienced board members, rigorously prepares them to excel, and builds a community devoted to better business performance and racial equity.

We launched the inaugural BCBR cohort in February 2021 on the foundations of the Women's Corporate Board Readiness program. BCBR is a “for us, by us” community: we seek to provide a safe space for conversations about the realities and responsibilities of being Black on a corporate board, and each program participant is accompanied by a mentor with lived experience as a Black corporate director.

The impact of BCBR extends far beyond the program itself. Through the engagement and generosity of our Sponsors and Donors, our BCBR Alumni, Facilitators, Mentors, and Advisors gather virtually and in-person, with a focus on connectivity within the BCBR community and with the networks of BCBR Sponsors. Support from our Sponsors and Donors also enables us to offer continuing education sessions relevant to excellence in corporate board service and to accelerating racial justice. Learn more about ways to support the amazing BCBR concentration of Black leadership and board talent. 


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The BCBR program comprises over 43 virtual contact hours with exceptional facilitators and experienced Black leaders and 4 hours of individual mentorship:

  • The nuts and bolts of corporate governance.
  • Marketing yourself for board service and the search process.
  • Realities and responsibilities of being a Black corporate director.
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Across the nation, people are screaming, crying out for social equality and to get rid of social injustice, inequality. My feeling is that business has a role to play and that it’s very important for business to act now. If business does not show leadership now, people will look for leadership elsewhere. Leadership by business starts by ensuring more diversity in the boardroom.

Barry Lawson Williams
Program Advisor

Program Advisory Board

Caretha Coleman

Board Chair, Adviser, Principal
40 years experience in the technology industry spanning early stage ventures to public companies. Board member, The RealReal, Chairman of The Leverage Network, former Chairman of Dignity Health; deep CHRO experience.

Matrice Ellis-Kirk

Chief Executive officer
She has over 20 years’ experience in the executive search industry with deep knowledge in governance. Before founding Ellis Kirk Group, Matrice led board and CEO assignments at two large global search firms and a boutique search firm. She began her search career in the Consumer Goods and Services and Private Equity Practices, as well as the Financial Officers Practice.

Mark Goodman

Board Member, Chief Executive Officer, Global Brand Strategist
20 years experience in global brand development, building and rebuilding brand operations within consumer-driven retail, food, and financial service industries, including Fortune 1 and 50 companies.

Almaz Negash

Executive Director, African Diaspora Network
Named as one of the 100 outstanding Silicon Valley Women of Influence for her work in social innovation. In 2010, founded (ADN) to facilitate direct collaboration between entrepreneurs and investors.

Robin Washington

Board Director and Adviser, CFO

Board Member & Strategic Advisor
Serves on the boards of Alphabet (Leadership Development, Inclusion, and Compensation Committee Chair), Honeywell, Salesforce (Audit Committee Chair). Co-founder of Black Women on Boards. Governance, finance, enterprise software, life sciences, and operations expertise.

Barry Lawson Williams

Retired General Managing Partner, Williams Pacific Ventures
Served on 14 major public company boards; created the Black Corporate Directors Time Capsule Project. WPV focuses on startups, acquisitions, and real estate. Learn how to support the Barry Lawson Williams BCBR Endowment.
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