About Executive Membership

WWLI Executive Membership - Dedicated to helping women business leaders obtain paid board positions

For far too long women have been absent or under-represented on paid corporate boards.

Among the largest 3,000 largest U.S. publicly traded companies, only about one in five board members are women, according to Equilar, which tracks corporate governance data. And it says nearly one in 10 boards have no women.

In 2018, California became the first state to mandate gender diversity in boardrooms with the passage of a bill called SB 826. The measure, requires publicly traded companies based there to have at least one female board director — or face a $100,000 fine.


California's law mandated that by the end of 2019, public companies that have their executive base in California must have at least one woman on their boards.  Currently women comprise a little over 20% of all board members nationally.

At WWLI.org, our goal is to help increase that number and to be a conduit for companies seeking qualified board members through our Executive Membership Board Program.

Our Executive Members are from all over globe and have varied backgrounds as accomplished corporate leaders in their own right.  They serve as a network for each other, making introductions for fellow Executive Members, which has proven very effective for our program with a successful placement rate approaching 70%. Since we launched the program in 2017, nearly 7 in 10 of our current and emeritus Executive Members have been seated on the boards they set out to find.

Designed to fully prepare our Executive Members for board service, our Executive Membership Modules focus on the tools and skills needed to compete and win corporate board seats. 

We have three half day module meetings a year to provide leadership training for women interested in increasing their Board profile and presence nationally. In these in person/virtual (when necessary) workshops, our Executive Members interface with various community leader and stakeholders,  including one on ones with a wide variety of currently seated board professionals, companies seeking to increase and expand their board diversity, leadership trainers specializing in executive presence, recruiters, other board candidates, and more.

Our Module Topics Include:

  • Creating Your Board Bio - Beyond your resume your board bio needs to speak to the experience you bring to the table for the board you are seeking
  • Effective Networking CommunicationStrategies That Work – Learn an entirely new way of understanding what it takes to land a board seat and the communication tools to make it happen
  • Creating Your Board Strategy – Identify decision makers influencers and connectors in your existing network in order to build an individual strategic board plan
  • Financials Inside and Out – Beyond your department budgets get the know how to participate at a meaningful level when this topic arises
  • Governance – Different boards require different levels of acumen with governance. This is a full primer on all the types that our members need and are seeking
  • Recruiter Day – Speed meetings with recruiters who participate in board placements
  • IndividualStrengths & Values on a Board – Using a profile assessment tool to gain insights into your role as a leader and understand how to activate your potential as a board director
  • Facilitative Leadership - Learn how to gain consensus and adopt a strategic mindset
  • Fundraising and Raising Funds – Learn from PE, VC and development professionals how companies raise money and what those agreements look like


Modules are schedule three times are year in February, June and October.  Upcoming modules can be found on our events page.  Our Creating Your Board Bio module is an annual occurance held in February and the other modules are rotated on a 3 year cycle.

If you are interested in joining the Executive Member Program, please visit our join page. You can also check out our informational webinar to learn more.