What you'll learn
- Grasp the essential differences among boards of for-profit companies (including private-equity and venture-backed firms), nonprofit organizations, and public-sector enterprises
- Appreciate the legal, operating, and regulatory differences among boards depending on the nature of the organization; e.g., pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, technology firms, venture-backed firms, insurers, and hospitals
- Learn the essential responsibilities and duties of effective board membership and leadership, based on the maturity and size of the company
- Connect to and learn from women who have achieved demonstrable success as board members
- Develop your own individual action plans to seek and obtain board seats
Gender disparity on boards of directors is well recognized and documented, whether in the for-profit, non-profit, or government sectors. In the United States, fewer than 20% of corporate board directors are women. Nearly 80% of venture capital firms have never had a woman represent them on the board of one of their portfolio companies. Yet studies show that companies with women on their boards make decisions that better protect company value and performance.
Profoundly accomplished and qualified women have an interest in attaining positions on boards of directors and then assuming leadership roles on these boards, but may be unclear how to successfully secure these appointments. Women on Boards: Getting on and Adding Value will put you on a productive path towards attaining a governance position in health care by focusing on the strategies and competencies that will help you succeed at being a first-rate board member, preparing you for the challenges you will face, and providing direction, tools, and approaches for attaining a board seat.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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