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Broadening Corporate Board Diversity: Earning a Board Seat, May 24, 2018, Chapel Hill, NC

2018 application

This program is designed for women, people of color, and those who would add in other ways to diversity and who want to learn more about corporate board service. Topics include the job of a director, the skills needed and how to develop them, realistic approaches to advancing your candidacy for a board of directors' position, diverse directors in non-diverse settings, and evaluating companies and opportunities. Enrollment is limited and based upon application. For more information, contact Lissa Broome, 919.962.7066;

2018 Panelists:

  • Karen Fenaroli, Fenaroli & Associates
  • Lloyd Johnson, boards of Apogee Enterprises, Inc., AARP, and AARP Foundation
  • Anne Saffer, ESC of the Triangle, board of Kidnotes
  • Paula Brown Stafford, boards of Novan, Inc., and Health Decisions
  • Suzanne Rudy, boards of Akoustis Technologies, Inc., First National Bank United Corporation (formerly), and Delta Apparel, Inc. (formerly)
  • Edwina Woodbury, boards of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., RadioShack Corporation (formerly), R.H. Donnelly Corporation (formerly), and Click Commerce, Inc. (formerly)

Quorum - identify and place senior LGBT+ executives on corporate boards

WIB's Boardroom Ready Program for Female Executives

On the Board: Advancing Women's Corporate Board Leadership

On the Board is organized around three residencies in Washington, D.C., held three times in 2013: February 21-24, July 19-21, and November 15-17. The program is primarily composed of closed-door training and development sessions with leading faculty, current board members, coaches, and other experts.

Center for Executive Women

The Women's Director Development Program

This program is held two times a year at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. Its goal is to train women to effectively serve on the boards of Fortune 1000 companies. Participants learn from faculty from Kellogg and businesswomen from around the country.

Executive Leadership Council (ELC)

The Executive Leadership Council Institute

The Foundation sponsors educational and professional development programs created by Executive Leadership Council members with support from their corporations.

The Institute for Leadership Development & Research

Although not focused specifically on director education, the Institute's mission is to identify and develop African-American corporate leaders and prepare those identified for diverse global leadership. The Institute has aligned itself with universities and other collaborators to develop leadership enhancement seminars for African American executives.

Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

HACR Corporate Directors Summit

This Summit's purpose is to further HACR's mission to increase the number of Hispanics serving on corporate boards.

On Board Bootcamps

On Board Bootcamp prepares diversity candidates for corporate, advisory and non-profit boards. The seminar provides interaction with experienced directors and search executives on "lessons learned".

Helping chairmen increase the number of women Non-Executive Directors on UK boards

We help chairmen find outstanding women Non-Executive Directors with the skills and experience for challenging FTSE board roles.

Past Programs of Interest

North Carolina Bank Directors' College: July 14-15 and August 18-19, 2016, Chapel HILL, NC

This college consists of two two-day sessions. Potential diverse directors from North Carolina are welcome to express their interest in attending this college. Each year, two to four diverse director candidates are selected to attend this program with sitting bank directors from North Carolina state-chartered banks. Tuition is waived. The program is jointly sponsored by the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the UNC School of Law Center for Banking and Finance. For additional information, please contact Lissa Broome at


SAIS 4th Annual SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference
Access to A Healthier World, Washington DC, April 15, 2016

Access to A Healthier World: Sustaining Women, Communities, and Our Future,will explore how women are changing the landscape of global health. We will hear how leaders in the field are pioneering innovative technologies to tackle health inequities. We will examine how creative policy, advocacy, and business strategies are promoting women’s health and empowerment. And we will develop a roadmap to apply lessons learned as we ask how to translate current momentum into future impact.


SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom
Washington, DC, September 29, 2015

The SAIS Global Conference brings together corporate CEOs, board chairs, institutional investors, stock exchange executives, government officials, international experts and the leaders of 22 business organizations to highlight successful global initiatives, and to recommend practical, business-led strategies to accelerate the selection of talented female and minority candidates for public board service. The theme this year is “Engaging the levers of power to accelerate change.”

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations is a top-rated university-affiliated think tank that is part of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.


SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom Public Plenary Session, in Washington, DC, September 20, 2013

SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom: September 20, 2012

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Closing the Gender Gap: Global Perspectives on Women in the Boardroom Thursday, September 16, 2010

Johns Hopkins University / School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC

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Board Diversity and Corporate Performance - Filling in the Gaps: April 16, 2010

The Corporate Board Diversity Symposium jointly sponsored by UNC School of Law, Duke Law School, and Duke Energy was held on Friday, April 16, 2010. We had a group of scholars from various disciplines assembled to address issues of how corporate board diversity (particularly gender, ethnic and racial diversity) affect board processes and corporate performance.

The papers and comments were published in the North Carolina Law Review Volume 89, Issue 3.

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106
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