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  • 8 A.M. – 5:15 P.M. PT
    Nov. 18

    The Diversity Crisis on Corporate Boards: the Moral and Business Imperatives

    • Digging into the data: What is our current reality around racial equity in the boardroom and what does the data tell us?
    • Time capsule project and other data



    Driving Board Diversity 

    • Moving boards from acknowledgement and commitment, to action and advocacy


    Responsibilities of Being a Black Board Member
    Understand the 3 P’s and the 3 W’s:  Philanthropy, People, Procurement, Wage, Work, and Wealth Gaps for Blacks 

    • Learn how to advocate
    • Understand pipeline attrition & related issues
    • Gain perspective on how to deal with tokenism and expressed bias



    Governance in the Modern Business Environment 

    • Explore the essential knowledge you will need to serve on boards of directors.  
    • What are the current governance challenges and regulatory changes impacting the boardroom? 
    • Risks and protections of directorship


    Board Roles and Responsibilities

    • A deep dive into the essential responsibilities and duties of board membership, based on the maturity and size of the company and its products or services.
    • Understand committees, time commitments, and the functions of the board and the process for committee assignments
    • Lead director role: separation of chair from CEO
    • Shareholder activism
  • 8 A.M. – 5:15 P.M. PT
    Nov. 19

     Committees: Compensation, Nominations/Governance, Audit

    • Mandatory disclosures
    • The work process of committees and how they work together
    • How a meeting gets planned and run; committee leadership
    • Content and substance of each committee's work
    • Time commitment and compensation
    • Board TMT interactions, as well as the dynamics among the board-TMT-CEO-Chairman
    • Hot topics for committees
    • Variations in practices for committees


    The Courting Process for Directorship Selection

    • Meet a recently placed board member and learn from his journey to the boardroom
    • Understand the search process; tips for working with search firms
    • Skill sets and backgrounds boards are seeking
    • Review a sample board position description
    • Interview tips and questions


    Marketing Yourself: Telling Your Story

    • Reflect on you board director “brand” and your associated personal narrative
      • Who are you?  How do you fit?  Do you feel ready?  
    • Beginning draft of Personal Brand Balance Sheet – best to worst
    • Personal ‘MRI’ – Strengths, Weaknesses, Assets and Liabilities
    • Begin to outline your “Personal Narrative” and practice with your peers


    Preparing Your Board Bio, Resume and LinkedIn Profile

    • Analyze your digital profile and understand why it is important
      • Key words, brand reinforcement, etc.
    • Analyze various board bio templates to understand how to showcase your strengths
    • How to find the right board for you
  • 4 Week Break



    • You will spend 4 hours with your mentor during this program period and can split your time up as you see appropriate
    • You and your mentor will work together to hone your brand narrative in preparation to meet your advisors
    • These check-ins are meant to give you further guidance in moving forward with your plan for attaining a board directorship
    • You will need to complete your board bio during this period.
    • 1:1 meetings with search consultant


    DEC 3, 2021 10 A.M. – 2 P.M. PT 

    Webinar 1


    DEC 10, 2021 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. PT

    Webinar 2

  • 8 A.M. – 5:15 P.M. PT
    Dec. 16

    Finance for VC/PE Boards

    • Evaluating a start-up board position, specifically if the startup has already received a series A round
    • VC & PE-backed companies
    • Wealth Creation


    ESG from and Investor Point of View

    • TBA


    Finance Through the Board Lens

    • Attain a comprehensive understanding of the Audit Committee’s role on a board, as well as the Compensation and Nom Gov Committees. 
    • Understand M&A from a director perspective
    • Enable you to look across the organization to evaluate risk, compensation, and strategic alliances
    • Develop the ability to be an effective board member by setting the tone at the top and optimizing return on investment for shareholders
  • 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. PT
    Dec. 17

    Breaking the "Fit" Code

    • A deep dive into the word “fit” as it relates to the board directorship journey and the experience of sitting Black corporate directors. What does that word mean and how does it manifest at the board level? 
    • Explore the challenges that come with finding the right organizational fit for you in a board setting


    Applied Ethics

    • Learn how ethics is a key component of today’s corporate board management and the ethical responsibilities of directors in today’s modern governance environment
    • Discuss racial justice and diversity, equity, and inclusion and ethics issues for the modern corporation 


    Time to Meet with Your Advisors
    Each participant will talk to their panel of advisors about their background and goals in a conversation style format. Advisors will have a chance to get to know each participant for up to 55 mins.

Diversified Search Group, Gunderson Dettmer, Skadden, Wilson Sonsini Foundation