"I ask no favor for my sex, all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Calling all Women Who Seek Board Positions.
Organizations with women in leadership positions perform better than those that don’t. They surpass others in social responsiveness, sustainability, and financial performance. Recent evidence also indicates that companies with female board members are more successful than those without women, a key concern for organizational competitiveness.
This program will feature faculty who are highly successful women board members and other experts in the field. You will join other high-performing, accomplished, and ambitious women who have already achieved much in their careers and who desire to take their talent, leadership, and executive skills to the next level by serving on boards. As a participant, you will also have the opportunity to develop a personalized action plan to seek and obtain a board directorship.
Learn About Governance
Mentorship and Coaching
Join The Silicon Valley Executive Center For The Women's Corporate Board Readiness Program
May 7, 8, June 4, 5, 2020
Act With Power
This highly interactive course will use case studies and experiential sessions to prepare you for directorship and start you on the path to being a sought-after candidate.
Go anywhere from here
You will expand your ability to evaluate board opportunities based on your own preferences and cultural fit, learn to communicate effectively in the language of boards, and gain critical knowledge and skills you will need to be effective.
October 3, 2019
Governance, The Gender Gap, Roles & Responsibilities, Being a Woman on a Board
Governance vs. management and making the leap. Explore the essential legal, regulatory, and operating knowledge you will need to serve on boards of directors. What are the current governance challenges and regulatory changes impacting the boardroom? Digging in: What is our current reality around gender equality in the boardroom, how did we get here, and why is it important to understand? Learn the essential responsibilities and duties of board membership, based on the maturity and size of the company and its products or services. Dealing with crisis.
October 4, 2019
Mutual Selection/Networking, Marketing Yourself, Telling Your Story
What will recruiters see as your strengths? What is the best way to fill your gaps? What strategic career choices should you consider to position yourself for directorship? What are board members and recruiters looking for in a candidate? What skills and backgrounds are required? Increase your visibility with executive search firms and nominating committees by learning the power of telling your story. Forging influential relationships with other board members and with management.
4 Week Break
October 7 - 30
Coaching and Mentoring, Two Webinar Sessions
4 Week Break
You will spend a total of 4 hours with your coach and can split your time up as you see appropriate. You and your coach will begin working on your one on one advisory session with season board members. During this time period we offer 2 Webinar Sessions: “Digging deeper into a firm’s financial statements” and “The questions to ask when on a board”.
October 31, 2019
Finance Through The Board Lens and Competing Commitments
Finance through the board lense. Learn to detect red flags and read between the lines in financial statements. Handling mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances. Understand immunity to change and what it means in a board role, and in your life, as you pursue board membership. Preparing your board bio, resume and linkedin profile.
November 1, 2019
Negotiating, Applied Ethics on Corporate Boards, Present Your Story to Board Advisors.
Learn foundational components of negotiation skills, and how they apply in the courting process. Learn how ethics is a key component of corporate board management, and the ethical responsibilities of directors in today’smodern governance environment. Final Session: Each woman presents their story to a set of advisors and receives feedback on how to move forward.
We want to ensure that participants can be considered for real future directorship vacancies, therefore participants must have a minimum of 8 years of senior-level corporate or non-profit management experience. After you have registered your information on our registration website and we have reviewed your background, you will receive a notification of your acceptance into the program.
Here's everything you need to know about becoming a WCBR member.
- Program Fee - $7195.00
- Early Bird Fee - $6995.00, Non-Profit Fee - $6475.00
- Teams of 3 or more from the same company receive a 10% discount.
- SCU Alumni receive a 20% discount
- Full payment is due at the time of registration and at least two weeks before the start of the program. Payment can be made via credit card (Amex, Visa, Mastercard) or via Company Check payable to the Silicon Valley Executive Center.
- 7.75 total hours of MCLE credit
- The program does not include housing costs. Hotel accommodations are available near the SCU campus.
- Breakfast, lunch, as well as morning and afternoon snacks, are included in the program fee. Coffee, tea, and water will also be available.
- Business casual is the appropriate attire.
- A detailed topic agenda will be available one week prior to the start of the program.
- Sessions will take place on the SCU campus from 8.30 am - to 5:00 pm on the designated days.
- A laptop or tablet will be extremely valuable for accessing online exercises, assignments, and other materials during the program. However, such a device is not required to participate in the program.