Like Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, WWLI.org Recognizes the Opportunity to Train Women for Board Seats

“For all the talk about diversifying the boardroom, there hasn't been a lot of action… Women hold only about 19% of the board seats of S&P 500 companies…In the last 20 years, the number has hardly changed.” The recent Bloomberg story details how Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In, and her venture-capitalist cohort, Marc Andreessen, are assembling a “boot camp” experience for women navigating the path to a seat on a board of directors. WWLI.org, too, has long seen this need to answer the stagnant statistics and prepare women for board seats. For the past year, WWLI.org has been crafting a curriculum in conjunction with a local internationally recognized institution of higher education for Washington area women and minority leaders aspiring to make the transition to a board of directors.

The Access Leadership Board Preparedness Program will begin taking applications in summer 2015 for its 2016 course. The program will be administered in two formats: as a one day session once per month over eight months from September to April and as a weeklong intensive training held in February. Monthly modules led by executives with diverse backgrounds will address finance, fundraising, values based decision-making, regulatory governance, public speaking, board specific networking, and more. IT professionals, accountants, attorneys, HR executives and others may receive as many as 40 CPE and/or CEU credits for active participation in the program.

Applications will be free of charge for WWLI.org members. Non-member applications will incur a $350 application fee. Watch for updates on the website in the coming month or email [email protected] for more information.


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