In prior steps we discussed your experiences and capabilities and the people you know who have access. In this step, we tap into professional groups that leverage the power of numbers and invest in governance research. Early in your process, find a local corporate directors organization to keep current with changes in regulations and business trends affecting board practice. Also, through meetings of these professional groups, you can listen to C-suite stories concerning board activities and networking with peer directors.
Here are some leading examples:
Women Corporate Directors
The professional director group I have spent seven years with is the National Association of Corporate Directors (NCAD). They are the largest national organization and they invest in research and conferences. The local chapters provide monthly programs of highly relevant and timely content, as well as peer networking opportunities. Key features of NACD research include:
Just as professional organizations provided leverage for you earlier in your path to an executive career, governance professional organizations can accelerate your steps to a board of directors seat.
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