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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. 

Under a two-year initiative with George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) and the International Women’s Forum (IWF), On the Board uniquely prepared women leaders to become successful candidates for and directors on corporate boards.

The program was made possible through a generous gift from Linda Rabbitt, founder and CEO of Rand Construction Corpora­tion, GW Trustee and IWF member.  On the Board is dedicated to reshaping the business landscape by build­ing a pipeline of women prepared to serve on the boards of leading international companies.  On the Board conducted two classes in 2013 and 2014 serving 15 high potential female board candidates each year.

Fellows received 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 featured GWSB faculty as well as guest faculty, leading practitioners and experts. The power of the IWF network of sitting corporate directors and leading practitioners brought important voices and experiences to the program that were unmatched, including mentoring by experienced female corporate directors.

IWF’s commitment to advancing women onto corporate boards remains steadfast.