Corporate Boardbound

Women’s Leadership Foundation Corporate Boardbound Program

Corporate Boardbound is a board-readiness, fee-based initiative for C-Suite women or those with equivalent experience positioned to join a corporate board of directors. Our Corporate Board Bound program includes:

  • Comprehensive assessment to evaluate the necessary experience and expertise
  • One-on-one mentoring with a corporate director
  • A minimum of four leadership workshops with subject matter experts designed to help participants understand governance responsibilities and produce their plan to attain a board position
  • Peer networking with a cohort of participants to develop and support relationship building within a variety of industries and organizations.

Board Readiness Program Responsibilies

Perspective from Corporate Boardbound Participant

“Each workshop session covers important topics with key experts.  The result is that at the end of the program the alumnae are ready to hit the ground running and serve immediately as an impact player.”

–Regina Rodriguez, Partner at Hogan Lovells and Corporate Boardbound participant

Perspective from Corporate Boardbound Mentors

“Getting on your first board is your toughest one.  You have to get into the game to play the game.”

–John Kelley, Chair and CEO of CereScan and Corporate Boardbound Mentor     John Kelley, CEO of CereScan on Corporate Boardbound Mentor

 

Taylor Simonton Board Bound Mentor

See Boardbound Participants and Alumnae  Here are some recent Boardbound participants who were elected to boards:

  • Nilsa Guerrero-Mahon on NioCorp Developments Board
  • Mary McBride on CatchMark Timber Trust Board
  • Cheryl Campbell on Hoffman Southwest (Roto-Rooter) Board
  • Kate Hyatt on Advisory Board of Smithville Communications
  • Kim Carver on Advisory Board of BSN Denver
  • Karli Andershon on Westwater Resources Board
  • Charity Huff on Swift Communications Board

The fee for Corporate Boardbound is $3,000.  The fee is due once the application is accepted and a match with board mentor is made.

Graduation and Launch Event

Selected Participants in 2017-18 Corporate Boardbound Program at Graduation Event

Selected 2018-19 Participants in Corporate Boardbound Launch Event

 Application for Boardbound

The first step to apply for the Women’s Leadership Foundation’s Corporate Boardbound program is to email a current resume to erin@womensleadershipfoundation.org. Applications for the 2019-2020 program will be accepted from January 1, 2019 – July 26, 2019. Program kick-off will take place in  September 2019.

 Experience Criteria for serving on corporate boards:

Financial literacy is critical for women who desire to sit on a corporate Board of Directors because most large companies require profit and loss experience. Also, it is important to have at least five years of experience in one or more of the following roles:

  • Chair and/or non-executive director of listed or private corporations
  • Chief Executive Officer, COO, CFO or other C-suite executive or director level appointments in listed or private corporations
  • Family member and controlling shareholder of boards of large family companies
  • Director of government agencies
  • Director of large non-profit organizations
  • Senior professional in institutional investment community
  • Senior partner at professional firms serving boards and their committees as clients
  • Entrepreneur

Qualitative Criteria

Women candidates for a board seat should be practitioners of excellence in corporate governance and have the following qualities:

  • Articulate communicator and good listener
  • High level of emotional intelligence ability to understand the dynamics of the boardroom, and how to deal with conflict when it arises
  • Ability to self-assess
  • Open to and learns from feedback
  • Can lead when appropriate, but aware of collective responsibility and engagement
  • Can challenge constructively and be supportive when necessary
  • Sharp mind and good judgment
  • Self-confident without being dogmatic
  • Understand the importance of independent critical thinking
  • Courage to stand up for that which is in the best interests of the company
  • Understand how to add value to a board
  • Team player

(from the Forte Foundation)

Latinas in the Boardroom

Women of Color only hold 3.8% of the national Fortune 500 board positions.  Latinas are the least represented.

Learn more about Latinas as Board Directors.

 

Contact Us

1350 17th St., Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

303-458-0220

BoardBound@WomensLeadershipFoundation.org