Prepare for Your First Board Experience
The NextGen Directors program is a board of directors training program providing leading-edge corporate governance education for aspiring board members from diverse backgrounds often underrepresented on boards of directors.
This specialized board of directors training is designed to increase your board competence and better prepare you for your first board experience by exploring topics of importance, including the full range of corporate director duties and responsibilities, the work of the entire board and each committee, emerging governance issues, and best practices.
In many ways, corporate governance looks different today than in the past. Boards are increasingly called to take a more hands-on approach than their predecessors, respond quickly to social change, tackle substantial cultural shifts, and operate with increasing transparency. Board diversity is also a central focus of modern governance as it has been shown, in many cases, to help boards engage in a more collaborative decision-making process and expand their ability to find new solutions to new and old challenges.
However, there’s more to being a successfully contributing board member than representing a specific title or diverse perspective. Instead, a clear understanding of a board’s responsibilities, common issues, and critical procedures is often required to contribute so that your input is fully heard, valued, and incorporated. The NextGen Directors Program combines this in-depth knowledge into one engaging and practical course.
Enjoy An Illuminating Program Experience
This two-day hybrid board of directors training is taught by practitioners with extensive board experience in a wide variety of public and private companies, and Berkeley faculty who will guide you through a dynamic blend of:
- topical lectures
- pragmatic, hands-on exercises
- exclusive panel discussions with CEOs and other stakeholders
Emerge Ready to Contribute as a Valued Board Member
This transformational corporate governance training will help you understand and refine your own board value propositions, meet with board leaders and executive recruiters to broaden your network, and sharpen your ability to connect with board decision-makers. You’ll also be able to build one-on-one mentoring relationships with existing board leaders.
You’ll leave this program with an in-depth understanding of crucial governance topics and procedures, along with the proficiency to fully and confidently begin to contribute as a board member.
Who it's for
- C Suite and senior executives of private and public companies who aspire to be corporate board members
- Any entrepreneur, leader, or professional interested in learning how corporate boards work and what goes into board decision-making
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Format & Structure
- 2-day in-person program at UC Berkeley
- World-renowned Berkeley Haas Faculty and esteemed CEOs, board members, and stakeholders from global businesses
- Highly esteemed strategic sponsors including Bain Capital, Nasdaq, Ernst & Young, Baker McKenzie, and The Alliance of Chief Executives
- Opportunity to participate in one-on-one mentoring
- Pragmatic, hands-on exercises and panel discussions
- Exclusive networking opportunities with faculty and peers
- Access to the program alumni community
- NextGen Directors Program Certificate of Completion
NextGen is hosting a separate session May 2–3 in Boston, MA. Visit their site to learn more about the Boston cohort.
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Dates & Costs
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- Bain Capital
- Ernst & Young
- Baker McKenzie
- The Alliance of Chief Executives
Each company listed has been a longstanding strategic sponsor of the Directors Academy and the NextGen Directors program.
Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business
Speakers and panelists
Co-Founder and President, Director's Academy
Former Chairman, CEO, and President, Jamba, Inc.
Certificate of Completion
Signal your professional achievement to your network and get recognized for your completion! Upon successful completion of the program, UC Berkeley Executive Education grants a verified digital certificate of completion to participants that you are encouraged to add to your profiles.
Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credit/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you directly. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of UC Berkeley Executive Education.