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NextGen Director's Program

NextGen Director's Program

Personal Action Plan
Create a personal action plan to differentiate yourself as a valued member of the board.
Network Community
Connect with board leaders and executive recruiters.
Grow Your Expertise
Become knowledgable, educated, and well versed on relevant issues affecting boards in organizations.

About the Program

The NextGen Director's Program provides corporate governance education and training for future corporate board members from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented on the boards of directors. The goal is to better prepare for their first board experience. The program is taught by practitioners with extensive board experience in a wide variety of public and private companies, and Berkeley faculty who address emerging topics of importance to Boards.

The two-day program covers a full range of corporate director duties and responsibilities, the work of the full board and each committee, emerging governance issues, and best practice exchange, along with panel discussions with CEOs and other stakeholders. In addition, participants have the opportunity to refine their own board value propositions and meet with board leaders and executive recruiters to broaden their network and sharpen their ability to connect with key board decision-makers. As part of the program, each class member has the opportunity to build one-on-one mentoring relationships with existing board leaders.

Prepare for Your First Board Experience
Grow your network with seasoned board members whilst developing your own board value proposition.
Gain Insight into the Work and Impact of Boards
Discover the various elements of a business that board members consider and engage in.
Learn Relevant Issues and Topics of Interest that Are Affecting Boards
Review and discuss key topics that board members are concerned with like environmental social governance, diversity and inclusion, and cybersecurity.

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Program Dates

We are currently in the process of scheduling dates for this program. To join the waitlist, please email

Cost & Features

Program Fee
  • Two-day immersive workshop at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business campus 
  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas Faculty and esteemed CEOs, board members, and stakeholders from global businesses
  • Opportunity to participate in one-on-one mentoring
  • Pragmatic, hands-on exercises and panel discussions
  • Exclusive networking opportunities 
  • Access to the program alumni community 
  • NextGen Director's Program Certificate of Completion 

Who It's For

  • Aspiring and Future Corporate Board Members 
  • Directors Looking to Join a Board

Program Partner

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Speakers & Panelists

The NextGen Director's program includes several guest speaker and panel sessions on relevant and topical subjects relating to the responsibilities of corporate boards. Speakers & panelists include: 

  • Patricia Diaz Dennis 
  • Christine Heckart 
  • Wayne Hewett 
  • Eric Kelly 
  • Steve Klemash 
  • Jonathan Mariner 
  • Keith Meyer 
  • Heather Redman 
  • Merline Saintil 
  • Lynn Tetrault 
  • James D. White 
  • Paul Williams 
  • Billie Williamson 

To learn more about the speakers and panelists' biographies, please click here

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