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Extraordinary demand from talented, qualified Black leaders for the Black Corporate Board Readiness (BCBR) program obliterates the myth of a pipeline problem. Applications for BCBR cohorts are reviewed by a combination of team members, BCBR program alumni, and our Program Advisory Committee. Space is limited in each cohort. Most participants are sponsored by their employers.

Key criteria for program acceptance include:

  • Extensive (10+ years) senior leadership experience (C-suite, GM, or equivalent)
  • Entrepreneurs who have built and sold companies
  • Prior service on non-profit governance boards
  • Domain experience of interest to public or private corporate boards (e.g., qualified financial expert, cybersecurity, supply chain, etc.)
  • Approval of current employer, if applicable, for corporate board service 

Cohorts meet virtually for a series of synchronous modules comprising over 40 contact hours with seasoned facilitators and experienced Black leaders as well as 4 hours of individual mentoring with a Black corporate director:

  • The nuts and bolts of corporate governance
  • Marketing yourself for board service and the search process
  • Corporate board diversity-related topics

Accepted applicants commit to attending at least 80% of the online modules as well as embracing a pay-it-forward ethos of serving as a mentor once placed on a corporate board. Review the general program content and structure by clicking the button below.

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Registration Information

The program is open to executives with extensive senior leadership experience or equivalent span of control (e.g., CEO or GM), as well as executives who have successfully built and sold companies, and who are interested in public or private corporate board service. Please contact us at with your questions.

After you complete the application form, we will review your background and notify you of acceptance into the program.

BCBR Program Fees and Logistics

  1. General Program Fee: $8,995.00 
  2. Non-Profit/Founder Fee: $8,095.00
  3. Teams of 3 or more from the same company receive a 10% discount. 
  4. SCU Alumni receive a 20% discount
  5. Optional: Harrison Assessment and Debrief add-on - $650.00
  6. Payment can be made via credit card (Amex, Visa, Mastercard) or via company check made payable to the "Silicon Valley Executive Center"
  • All class meetings take place virtually.
  • This course is eligible for 7.75 total hours of MCLE credit.
  • A detailed topic agenda will be available one week prior to the start of the program.
  • Program materials will be provided in digital format.

Schedule of Upcoming BCBR Cohorts

Cohort 11

  • Application Deadline

    February 23, 2024
  • Information Session

    February 6, 2024
  • Admissions Decisions

    April 8, 2024
  • Program Dates

    June 12-14, 2024
    June 21 & 28, 2024
    July 18-19, 2024
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Cohort 12

  • Application Deadline

    June 17, 2024
  • Information Session

    June 4, 2024
  • Admissions Decisions

    August 9, 2024
  • Program Dates

    October 23-25, 2024
    November 1 & 8, 2024
    December 5-6, 2024
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Cohort 13

  • Application Deadline

    September 27, 2024
  • Information Session

    September 10, 2024
  • Admissions Decisions

    November 15, 2024
  • Program Dates

    February 19-21, 2025
    February 28 & March 7, 2025
    March 27-28, 2025
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