Women Lead – An Initiative from The Chicago Network

Modern Board newsletter – covering corporate board issues and spotlighting the most innovative boards.

Women Corporate Directors – the world’s largest membership organization and community of women corporate board directors. Check out their BoardNext offering.

5050 Women on Boards – provide the research and data about women on boards. Also, have programs for women seeking to get on boards.

Boardlist Reports – read all the latest reports on women/diversity on boards. Get listed for board appointments.

KPMG Board Leadership Center – providing reports, conferences, and thought leadership about board topics. Also, provide board member onboarding resources.​

Deloitte Center for Board Effectiveness – providing reports and thought leadership.

Black Women on Boards – Provides opportunities for talented Black female executives to serve on boards

Board Diversity Action Alliance – Ursula Burn’s new initiative to Increase diverse representation on corporate boards of directors in the U.S.; Increase the disclosure of the self-identified race and ethnicity of directors on corporate boards and Promote accountability measures on corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Direct Women – increasing the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards.


Athena Alliance – connect boards with women candidates

Trewstar Corporate Board Services – search firm placing women on boards

Women 2 Boards can help with board bio and other documents also places board members

Boardspan – Board positioning and search. Has a weekly newsletter on boards that is recommended and also assesses and helps match board members. Also offers board assessment services.

Protivity – provides reports, articles, blogs, and webinars on relevant and timely board topics.

NACD Accelerate – two-year program to gain the tools, resources, and exposure to launch your career as a corporate director.

NACD Blog – This blog (open to all, not just members) is great info for those preparing for a future board seat.


The Boardlist – invite-only database of women seeking board positions

Equilar Diversity Network– popular database aligned with many of these other organizations where you can get listed if you’re seeking a board role

Diverse Directors Database – data pool of candidates with global diversity across a spectrum of experience (CalSTRS and CalPERS established, now will be available in the Equilar Diversity Network)

Forte Foundation – list of global board-ready women – you can apply to join.

Board Prospects – board candidates list – you can apply to be listed

Him for Her – invite-only, connecting boards with women candidates


Latino Corporate Directors Association – an association of Latino women on boards

Ascend Pinnacle board initiative for Asian-American sitting and aspiring board members

Quorum is the board initiative for LGBT business leaders, certified B Corp, dedicated to driving LGBT+ equality forward worldwide


BoardSeatMeet – Creating a platform to help women build the social capital needed to be selected to serve on a board.


Watermark – Bay Area women’s organization (that I founded) that runs a board series

How Women Lead – Bay Area women’s organization that has a board series

Board Leaders – provides director education

Women’s Leadership Foundation Boardbound – board readiness training

Stanford Directors’ Consortium – 5-day top-notch board training program for board members

Director’s College – nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms.

UCLA Fundamentals of Board Service – 3-day board readiness program

Harvard School of Public Health – women in healthcare board readiness program

Honorable Mention

HeForShe – diversity initiative bringing men into the conversation. Some of these men have committed to help women get on boards.

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