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This program provides senior female executives with the opportunity to navigate the board selection process and to explore ways to effectively govern as a corporate director. Tailored to high-achieving women who seek to contribute to corporate governance at the highest level, this program will also serve as a valuable convening platform for women to explore topics of boardroom diversity among accomplished peers.

What You Can Expect

Designed as a holistic program to help senior executive women raise their profile and prepare for the director role, Women on Boards helps you acquire the tools you need to understand the explicit and implicit ways boards function and approach the selection process strategically. The program will also discuss the critical issues facing corporate boards in the years to come.

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Designed as a holistic program to help senior executive women raise their profile and prepare for the director role, Women on Boards helps you acquire the tools you need to understand the explicit and implicit ways boards function and approach the selection process strategically. The program will also discuss the critical issues facing corporate boards in the years to come.

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Your Course of Study

Through case study analysis, expert panel discussions, presentations, and individual coaching sessions, the program provides the deep background knowledge you need to become an effective board member. In addition, because all program participants are women in senior executive roles, you'll have a unique opportunity to share what's worked and what to avoid, but also to make lasting connections. The program will provide ongoing resources for participants as they research and pursue board opportunities.

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Through case study analysis, expert panel discussions, presentations, and individual coaching sessions, the program provides the deep background knowledge you need to become an effective board member. In addition, because all program participants are women in senior executive roles, you'll have a unique opportunity to share what's worked and what to avoid, but also to make lasting connections. The program will provide ongoing resources for participants as they research and pursue board opportunities.

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Who is Right for the Program

The program is designed for women in senior executive roles across a wide range of industries and geographies, including financial services, professional services, investment banking, and legal services.

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The program is designed for women in senior executive roles across a wide range of industries and geographies, including financial services, professional services, investment banking, and legal services.

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.
Faculty Cochair
Professor Groysberg has won numerous awards for his research on how firms achieve sustainable competitive advantage by leveraging talent at all levels of the organization. His recent research incorporates a focus on gender issues. He has written extensively about the opportunities and challenges for women in executive roles, including a series of case studies that approach the issue of women on boards from an individual, an organizational, and a country level.
Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit. Read Full Bio
Faculty Cochair
Professor Paine cofounded Harvard Business School's required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability, and currently teaches Boards of Directors and Corporate Governance. Her work focuses on the leadership and governance of companies that meld high ethical standards with outstanding financial results. Over the course of her career, she has served on numerous boards and advisory panels.
John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration; former Senior Associate Dean. Member of the General Management Unit. Read Full Bio

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

Boris Groysberg

Faculty Cochair
Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration. Member of the Organizational Behavior Unit.

Professor Groysberg has won numerous awards for his research on how firms achieve sustainable competitive advantage by leveraging talent at all levels of the organization. His recent research incorporates a focus on gender issues. He has written extensively about the opportunities and challenges for women in executive roles, including a series of case studies that approach the issue of women on boards from an individual, an organizational, and a country level.  Read Full Bio

Lynn S. Paine

Faculty Cochair
John G. McLean Professor of Business Administration; former Senior Associate Dean. Member of the General Management Unit.

Professor Paine cofounded Harvard Business School's required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability, and currently teaches Boards of Directors and Corporate Governance. Her work focuses on the leadership and governance of companies that meld high ethical standards with outstanding financial results. Over the course of her career, she has served on numerous boards and advisory panels.  Read Full Bio

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Admissions

Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

A limited number of needs-based partial scholarships are available to be applied toward program tuition thanks to the generous support of Linda Rabbitt, CEO and Chairman of Rand Construction Corporation.

After applying and being accepted to the program, participants may send a brief statement of need for review by the Financial Aid Committee. For more information, please contact Melissa Walawender, at mwalawender@hbs.edu or 1-617-495-6266.

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Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both.

A limited number of needs-based partial scholarships are available to be applied toward program tuition thanks to the generous support of Linda Rabbitt, CEO and Chairman of Rand Construction Corporation.

After applying and being accepted to the program, participants may send a brief statement of need for review by the Financial Aid Committee. For more information, please contact Melissa Walawender, at mwalawender@hbs.edu or 1-617-495-6266.

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Programs, dates, fees, and faculty are subject to change.

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