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:
- One-on-one mentoring with a corporate director
- Over five 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.
Congratulations to Corporate Boardbound Participants Recently Elected to Boards
- Karli Anderson on Westwater Resources Board (NASDAQ:WWR)
- Barbara Brohl on Elevations Credit Union Board
- Cheryl Campbell on PG&E Board (NYSE: PCG)
- Cheryl Campbell on Hoffman Southwest (Roto-Rooter) Board
- Kim Carver on BSN Denver Advisory Board
- Elaine Dorward King on Kenmare Resources (FTSE: KMR)
- Nilsa Guerrero-Mahon on NioCorp Developments Board (NB.TO)
- Charity Huff on Swift Communications Board
- Kate Hyatt on Smithville Communications Advisory Board
- Cynthia Mares on Axon Global Advisory Board
- Cynthia Mares on FDHint Advisory Board
- Mary McBride on CatchMark Timber Trust Board (NYSE: CTT)
- Jane Okun Bomba on Brightview Holdings (NYSE: BV)
- Cody Teets on Vivos Therapeutics Board
- Teresa Van De Bogart on RE/MAX (NYSE: RMAX)
- Teresa Van De Bogart on Sunflower Bank Board
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 WillmerHale and Corporate Boardbound participant
Hear Cheryl Campbell’s board journey story on the Business Leaders podcast.
Hear Mary McBride’s board journey story on the Business Leaders podcast.
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
Application for Corporate Boardbound
The first step to apply for the Women’s Leadership Foundation’s Corporate Boardbound program is to email a current resume and a completed Corporate Boardbound Application to email@example.com. Applications for the 2020-2021 program will be accepted from January 1, 2020 – June 1, 2020. Program kick-off will take place on September 17, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The fee for Corporate Boardbound is $3,000 for 2020-21 program. The fee is due once the application is accepted and a match with board mentor is made.
The 2020-2021 schedule is as follows and workshops will take place from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, September 17, 2020: Graduation & Kick-off (6pm – 8pm)
Graduation and Launch Event
Selected 2018-19 Participants in Corporate Boardbound Launch Event
Selected Participants in 2017-18 Corporate Boardbound Program at Graduation Event
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
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.