Black Corporate Board Readiness
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 seasoned 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.
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.
Program Advisory Council
Board Director and Adviser, CFO
Barry Lawson Williams