Given the efforts of many women and organizations in California to push through a new law that requires public companies based in the state to place women on their boards starting at the end of this year, I’ve been doing a lot of speaking on this topic. Here is a list of resources I’ve put together over the years that can help women who are preparing for and serving on boards. If you have additional resources (or corrections) to this list please email me.

Women Corporate Directors – the world’s largest membership organization and community of women corporate board directors.

2020 Women on Boards – provide the research and data about women on boards

Boardlist Reports – read all the latest reports on women/diversity on boards

KPMG Board Leadership Center – providing reports, conferences and thought leadership about board topics. Provide board member on-boarding resources.

Deloitte Center for Board Effectiveness – have a bi-annual census on board diversity, offer programs and articles on boards. Here is a good one: So You Want to Be a Corporate Director.

matching & help with preparation of bio, etc.

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.


The Boardlist – invite only database of women seeking board positions

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

Forte Foundation – list of global board-ready women

associations & diversity initiatives

Latino Corporate Directors Association – The only association made up of U.S. Latinos that serve on publicly traded and large private company boards, as well as C-Suite level and board-qualified executives.

Ascend Pinnacle board initiative for Asian-American sitting and aspiring board members. Creating a platform to network, leverage and support current Asian American corporate board directors; develop aspiring candidates for future board service; and provide thought leadership regarding corporate board issues.

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. (In beta)


Watermark – Bay Area women’s organization (full disclosure, I founded this group) that runs a board series

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

Board Leaders – membership organization that provides director education

Women’s Leadership Foundation Boardbound – board readiness training

Stanford Directors’ Consortium – 5 day in person 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

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