NextGen Directors Program

NextGen Directors Program


Program Experience

The NextGen Directors Program provides corporate governance education and training for aspiring corporate board members from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented on the boards of directors. The training is designed to better prepare you for your 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 nine-month hybrid (virtual and in-person) 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, human resources, digital transformation, and cybersecurity.

Program Dates

Cost & Features

Program Fee
  • Nine-month hybrid workshop held both in-person and online
  • Virtual modules are held on June 4, 2021; July 23, 2021; September 30 - October 1, 2021; October 29 - December 3, 2021
  • In-person modules are held on January 27-28, 2022, and March 10-11, 2022
  • 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 Directors Program Certificate of Completion 

Who It's For

  • Aspiring and future corporate board members 
  • Directors or senior executives looking to join a board

Program Partner

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Speakers & Panelists

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

  • Sandra Beach Lin 
  • Roxanne Decyk
  • Patricia Diaz Dennis
  • Christine Heckart
  • Wayne Hewett
  • Susan Levine
  • Derek Liu
  • Mark Mandel
  • Jonathan Mariner
  • Kim McCaslin
  • Keith Meyer
  • Mike Millegan
  • Heather Redman
  • Merline Saintil 
  • Lynn Tetrault
  • James D. White
  • Felicia WIlliams
  • Paul Williams
  • Billie Williamson
  • Marc Baranski

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