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Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI)


CWDI promotes increased participation of women in corporate boards globally, foster national and international networks to link women directors, and seeks to improve directors' knowledge of corporate governance.

United States -- Diversity

African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI)


The African American Board Leadership Institute strengthens nonprofit, public and private organizations through recruiting, preparing, and assisting with the placement of African Americans on a broad range of governing boards.

The Alliance  The Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD)


The Alliance for Board Diversity is a collaboration of Catalyst, The Executive Leadership Council, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. All these organizations are profiled below. ABD periodically publishes a board diversity census.

Ascend Leadership

Ascend is an organization for Pan-Asian business professionals in North America.  The organization sponsors PINNACLE -The Pan-Asian Corporate Board Initiative.

Athena Alliance


Athena Alliance.org is a mission driven non-profit organization. The Alliance's mission is to prepare qualified women and create key connects that promote them to board director opportunities and help them excel as they serve.

Board Wise

The Board Access™ Program helps professionals with ambitions to serve on boards. It is designed to help you craft your professional development agenda and support you with resources to make it happen. The program is open to seasoned men and women globally.



An informational resource for executive women who want to serve on corporate boards. This site also collects links to various programs and databases.



Catalyst is an advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. As an independent, nonprofit membership organization, Catalyst conducts research on all aspects of women's career advancement and provides strategic and web-based consulting services globally.

Center for Executive Women


The Center for Executive Women works to advance senior-level executive women to top executive and board positions through research and actionable programs that address the unique challenges faced by women, providing executive women with heightened visibility and powerful connections, and by expanding corporations' perspectives and options for utilizing the talent of their senior executive women.



DirectWomen is an initiative of the American Bar Association, the ABA Section of Business Law, and Catalyst, Inc.. It is designed to identify, develop, and support accomplished , providing them with career development and networking opportunities. DirectWomen works to educate corporate directors about the merits of having women attorneys on their boards, and partners with search firms to link these women with director positions.

Executive Leadership Council (ELC)


The Executive Leadership Council is an independent non-profit corporation founded by African-American corporate executives to provide African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies with a network and leadership forum. The Council is an individual membership organization representing the most senior African-American corporate executives in Fortune 500 companies. Membership consists of nearly 400 people, one-third of them women, representing more than 200 companies.

Financial Womens Association of New York (FWA)


The Financial Womens Association of New York works through its Directorship and Corporate Governance Committee to foster diversity in America's boardrooms. The FWA publishes a census of women directors and executive officers of the top 100 public companies in the New York Metropolitan area.

Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR)


The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) is an advocacy organization representing 14 national Hispanic organizations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. HACR's mission is to ensure the inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America at a level commensurate with their economic contributions. HACR focuses on four areas of corporate responsibility and community reciprocity: employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance.

InterOrganization Network (ION)


This network of seven regional U.S. organizations that advocate the advancement of women to boards of directors and executive suites of public companies. The member organizations are:

Latino Corporate Directors Association

This organization is comprised of Hispanic corporate directors with a goal of increasing Hispanic participation in boardrooms across the United States.

Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc.

This organization's mission is to achieve full participation and equality for Asian and Pacific Islanders (APIs) through leadership, empowerment, and policy.

Out Leadership

Out Leadership is a global LGBT+ business network to help Out Leader's and companies connect with talent, transform organizations, and compete on social purpose.  Experienced LGBT+ senior executives who are qualified for and interested in joining corporate boards convene for BoardFit, a program for aspiring corporate board members.

Paradigm for Parity


The Paradigm for Parity movement is a coalition of business leaders dedicated to addressing the corporate leadership gender gap.

SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations


Information and updates on the 2012 Conference; for the latest in research, regulations, articles and events on gender diversity in the boardroom.

The Thirty Percent Coalition


The Thirty Percent Coalition is a group of industry thought leaders, including senior business executives, national women's organizations, institutional investors, corporate governance experts and board members who believe in the power of collaborative effort to achieve gender diversity in public company boardrooms, and in the necessity of attaining at least 30% female representation on public company boards by the end of 2015.

20/20 Women on Boards


The 2020 Vision is that women will comprise more than 20% of all company board of director seats in the United States by 2020. The organization’s mission is to redefine good corporate governance and gender diversity standards and create a cultural imperative for corporate action. You may find information about the Charlotte 2020 Campaign Committee by clicking on Supporters from the link above.

Women Corporate Directors (WCD)


WCD is the only national community of Women Corporate Directors who meet for regional dinners, at national conferences, and are connected by email for updates, to learn about board opportunities and to conduct surveys. WCD currently has chapters in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, London, Minneapolis, New York, Sourth Florida, and Washington, D.C.

United States - Corporate Governance

Board Member, Inc.


This organization is a resource for officers and directors of publicly traded companies. It publishes Corporate Board Member magazine and sponsors various programs on corporate governance issues.

National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

The NACD (founded in 1977) is a non-profit membership organization serving the corporate governance needs of directors and boards. NACD's mission is to achieve improved corporate governance through better board performance. By offering education, information, conducting independent research, and disseminating leading practices, NACD provides resources for increasing director and board effectiveness.

NACD -- RTP Chapter

http://researchtriangle.nacdonline.org  Provides local programming at low or no cost.


https://www.privatedirectorsassociation.org  Creates, sustains, and enhances private company value through the active use of Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.

Diverse Director Registries

UNC Director Database, https://ddilaw.unc.edu/database

NACD members-only Directors Registry, http://www.nacdonline.org

Equilar, CalPERS/CalSTRS, Diverse Director DataSource, part of Equilar’s Diversity Network, http://marketing.equilar.com/24-equilar-diversity-network

Alliance for Board Diversity, http://thebd.org/Board_Referrals.html

Triangle Board Connect (TBD), http://www.buildabetterboard.com

Mutual Fund Directors Forum, http://www.mfdf.org/director-search/database-faq

Build a Better Board, http://buildabetterboard.com (nonprofit boards in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park area)

United States - Nonprofit Governance



BoardSource works to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening boards of directors through the BoardSource consulting practice, publications, tools, and membership program.

North Carolina - Nonprofit Governance

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits


To serve, promote, and represent the nonprofit sector and strengthen nonprofits' effectiveness as they improve North Carolina's quality of life.

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