2 Days
8 Hours/Day
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Nov 14 - 15, 2024
Certificate of Completion


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. 

Prepare for Your First Board Experience

Learn the ins and outs of corporate governance, grow your network with seasoned board members, and develop your own solid board value proposition. 

Gain Insight into the Work and Impact of Boards

Go deep into the various core elements of a business that board members consider and engage in and learn how board decisions impact business. 

Learn Relevant Issues that Are Affecting Boards

Discuss emerging board topics like corporate governance, diversity and inclusion, human resources, and digital transformation.

With this program, you will receive:

  • Instruction from world-renowned Berkeley Haas Faculty and esteemed CEOs, board members, and stakeholders from global businesses
  • Opportunities for one-on-one mentoring
  • Pragmatic, hands-on exercises and panel discussions
  • Exclusive networking reception with faculty and peers
  • A NextGen Directors Program Certificate of Completion 
More about this program

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

Want to approach your employer about professional development classes and request employer support? Read the Employer Payment Assistance Guide.

Format & Structure


In-person program
Two Days
  • 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


Nov 14 - 15, 2024

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Download the Program Guide

The complimentary guide includes sample schedule, program curriculum, learning objectives, and more.…

Employer Reimbursement

Gain tips on how to approach your manager about professional development and tuition reimbursement. 


Sponsors include: 

  • 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.


Speakers and panelists

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Keith Meyer

Co-Founder and President, Director's Academy

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James D. White

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.

Certificate of Completion