BoardSuited Module Descriptions

Module 1: Introduction and Overview

Meet Joyce Brocaglia, Founder and CEO of BoardSuited, who sets the stage for what you can expect to learn and how best to leverage that learning to achieve your individual goals. You’ll also get  familiar with the easy to navigate and highly-intuitive online platform. 

Module 2: Boardroom 101: Types of Boards

Hear from our CEO Contributors, including Susan Keating, CEO of Woman Corporate Directors, the largest organization of women board members globally as they share their insights to help you begin to understand the nuances and differences of each type of board – from nonprofit and advisory boards to public and private boards. You’ll learn the significance of ownership structure and the unique expectations and skillsets that each type of board service requires.

Module 3: Boardroom 101: Board Structure

Now that you have become familiar with various types of boards, you’ll dive into board structure, the elements of board governance and the role of the board and its key responsibilities.  You’ll learn the essential differences between corporate and nonprofit governance as well as board versus management responsibilities.  You’ll discover why board charters are important, as well as the different types of directors and the high-level skills needed to serve as a board member.

Module 4: Boardroom 101: Legal Responsibilities

One of the keys to your future success as a board member is understanding the legal and regulatory responsibilities of the board.  In this module, you’ll dive into a director’s duties of Care, Loyalty and Independence and what constitutes a conflict of interest as well as the liabilities and protections of board members.

Module 5: Board Responsibilities Part 1

Boards are meant to govern not manage. In this module, you’ll learn about board members core responsibilities. You’ll take a closer look at the board’s role in corporate strategy, CEO selection, succession planning, talent management responsibilities, as well the expectation of board members to keep up with the competitive landscape.

Module 6: Board Responsibilities Part 2

This module is jam packed with information on the fiduciary responsibilities of board members, an overview of financial statements and governance as well as the various committees that are standard on all corporate boards.  You’ll gain insights directly from multiple contributors who are currently chairing audit, compensation and nominating and governance committees such as  Fernando Aguirre, Board Director and the current Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for Aetna and past Chair for Levi Straus. You’ll learn that good board governance requires boards to proactively review, question and even challenge the information management presents--from the balance sheet and income statement to the operational performance and risk management of the organization.

Module 7: Getting on a Board

This module covers common paths to a board seat, and also gives you an opportunity to develop your own personalized raodmap. This content rich module will have you examining your career path, reputation and expertise, and how it aligns with different board opportunities.  You’ll utilize tools to assess your board readiness, your network and your social media presence. You’ll create your personal value proposition as well as your board CV and board bio. Contributors with expertise in cybersecurity, marketing and finance will each share their knowledge about leveraging specialty skills. For exmaple, Maria Cirino Co-Founder and Managing Partner of .406 Ventures, a venture capital firm, shares her experiences on how boards hire new members as well as the interview process.  

Module 8: Board Inner Workings

Now that you have begun to position yourself for board duty, this module teaches you the nuances of board culture and board etiquette, both key to your future success. This module imparts day-to-day practical success factors, effective board communication styles, board politics, and board member compensation.

Module 9: Summary and Next Steps

This module pulls together everything you learned in the BoardSuited course. In addition, current corporate board members will inspire you  with stories of their path to boardroom. You'll learn there are multiple paths and many right ways to your future board seat.

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