"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Organizations with women in leadership positions perform better. 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. As a participant in our program, you will prepare yourself for your chance to make an impact on the modern business environment. #ITSTIME to close the gender gap in corporate governance.
This program features faculty who are highly successful women with board experience, and expertise in their chosen field. #ITSTIME to build your network with other high-performing accomplished, and ambitious women and develop your own personalized action plan to seek and obtain a board directorship that aligns with your personal brand and values.
The May 2020 Session will be offered fully online.
Learn About Governance
Mentorship and Coaching
Join The Silicon Valley Executive Center For The Women's Corporate Board Readiness Program
October 1–2 and 29–30, 2020
#ITSTIME to take your seat at the board table
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.
#ITSTIME to have a voice in corporate governance
Expand your ability to evaluate board opportunities based on your values and learn to communicate effectively in the language of boards, and gain critical knowledge and skills you will need to be effective.
Governance in the Modern Business Environment
Explore the essential knowledge you will need to serve on a board of directors. What are the current challenges impacting the boardroom?
Applied Ethics on Corporate Boards
Learn how ethics is a key component of corporate board management and the ethical responsibilities of directors in today’s modern governance environment.
Entrepreneurial Finance for Board Members
An alternative to non-profit for corporate boards
Being a Woman on a Board
Navigate the workplace. Learn how to engage with other board members and develop your influence and persuasion skills.
The Courting Process: Mutual Selection
Learn what board recruiters are looking for in a candidate and what they will see as your strengths. Explore what strategic career choices you should consider to position yourself for directorship.
Work through your own brand components. Learn how marketing yourself as a potential board member is different from seeking an executive position.
Lunch & Men's Panel Conversation
Minimizing gender bias on a board and in the workplace.
Purpose and Power: Why Women on Boards
Look beyond the numbers at the new narrative. Prepare by knowing your competencies and values.
4 Week Break
During the 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: Finance through the Board Lens and Managing Authority Bias
Finance through the Board Lens
Learn how to detect red flags and read between the lines in financial statements.
Transformational Leadership and Competing Commitments
Learn the real reason why people and organizations are immune to change and how this impacts your journey in seeking directorships.
Preparing Your Board Bio, Resume, and LinkedIn Profile
The Gender Gap Crisis
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?
The Role and Responsibilities of Board Membership
Understand committees, time commitments, and all of the functions of the board.
Negotiating Your Comp Package
Learn foundational components of negotiation skills, and how they apply in the courting process.
Present Yourself to Advisors
Each woman will have the opportunity to talk about her brand, background, and aspirations with a set of advisors. Advisors will then ask questions and give feedback.
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
- Optional: Harrison Assessment and Debrief add-on - $650
- Payment can be made via credit card (Amex, Visa, Mastercard) or via Company Check payable to the Silicon Valley Executive Center.
- This course is eligible for 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.
- A detailed topic agenda will be available one week prior to the start of the program.
- Sessions will take place from 8:30 am–5 pm on the designated days.
- The May 2020 Session will now be offered fully online!
- Program materials will be provided in digital format.