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On the Board


On the Board is an elite fellowship program designed to prepare and place women leaders on corporate boards.

About the Program

On the Board is an initiative of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). It is uniquely designed to prepare women leaders to become successful candidates for and directors on corporate boards.

Made possible through a generous gift from Linda Rabbitt, founder and CEO of Rand Construction Corpora­tion, GW Trustee and IWF member, On the Board promises to reshape the business landscape by build­ing a pipeline of women prepared to serve on the boards of leading international companies.

Fellows receive advanced training in board-level leadership knowledge and practice, including corporate leadership and strategy, ethical and responsible decision-making, audit and financial management, and regulatory compliance, as well as personal preparation for board candidacy, including networking, branding, and building a personal franchise. The program features GWSB faculty as well as leading practitioners and experts. The power of the IWF network of sitting corporate directors and leading practitioners will bring important voices and experiences to the program that are unmatched, including mentoring moments with experienced female corporate directors.

Application Requirements 

Selection Criteria:
On the Board Fellows are competitively selected based on their leadership achievement and their potential to rise and serve as effective board directors, fulfilling the investment that will be made in them.  It seeks diverse candidates representing different nationalities, industries, races, and cultures. Women who currently or have previously served on publicly traded corporate boards are not eligible for participation.

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