The Program



June 23 - 25, 2020

Fall Session: October 20 - 22, 2020

Our program prepares senior women business leaders for advancement to corporate board membership and develops the governance skills and acumen required for board success.

UCLA Anderson Executive Education has been a leader in the corporate governance space since 1999. We believe that the more inclusive the board leadership of a company is, the more effectively it can exercise its fiduciary responsibility, oversee the strategy and ensure the success of the organization.


Obstacles & Opportunities


The playing field tilts against you, the higher you rise.
California Senate Bill 826 seeks to level the playing field.

The law has created an immediate need for 684 women to sit on the boards of just the top 3,000 public companies, with many smaller companies also needing to fill seats.

By taking our program you will:

  • Understand your role as a board director
  • Broaden your governance acumen
  • Expand your board network
  • Learn how to overcome individual and institutional biases
  • Become an effective advocate for inclusive leadership
  • Build your personal board brand


Claim Your Seat at the Table



Senior Women Leaders


3-day Program


$4,500 (USD)


Board Best Practices Since 1999

This intensive, experiential 3-day program is offered on campus and delivers a highly applicable toolkit of leadership skills, governance acumen and networking savvy that will prepare senior women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs to overcome the obstacles and seize the opportunities that they face in seeking corporate board service.

Who Should Attend?

Senior women leaders from all sectors and functions, as well as those currently sitting on non-profit boards, who are seeking to expand their governance acumen and network in preparation for corporate board service.
*No specific academic degree, testing or examination is required for applying to this program.

Key Program Topics


Day 1

  • Understanding the boardroom and your role as a director
  • Case studies in board effectiveness
  • Managing diversity from the boardroom

Day 2

  • Financial acumen for board directors
  • Leading effectively / influencing without authority
  • The science (and the art) of networking

Day 3

  • Decision-making in the midst of multiple perspectives
  • Current issues in corporate governance
  • Building your personal brand and board resume

"Opportunities for women will only expand as forward-looking organizations increasingly recognize the business necessity of inclusivity. Our program is a great place for women business leaders to acquire the tools, perspectives and networks required for effective board service."

Professor Carla Hayn

Program Faculty Director
Ernst & Young Chair in Accounting
UCLA Anderson School of Management


UCLA Women in Governance Board Ready Database


The Board Ready Database contains the profiles of program graduates and provides a resource for executive search firms, nominating committees and other organizations seeking to make new board appointments.