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.
Program sessions are held in Washington, DC, on the George Washington University campus for the following 2014 program dates:
Session 1: February 27 – March 2, 2014 (Thursday Morning – Sunday Afternoon)
Session 2: July 18 – 20, 2014 (Friday Morning – Sunday Afternoon)
Session 3: November 14-16, 2014 (Friday Morning- Sunday Afternoon)
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.
2015 Application will be available mid 2014
In 2014, a total program fee of USD $3,000 is required of applicants accepted as On the Board Fellows. Carrying costs are deeply subsidized for selected participants, as the program is supported with a special donor gift and program sponsors.
Applicants selected as On the Board Fellows will be responsible for their own lodging costs with preferred hotel rates provided in well-appointed properties through the program.
Applicants chosen as On the Board Fellows will be responsible for their own air travel costs and ground travel costs to and from the program site.
Application materials for the 2014 program are due by October 23, 2013.
The 2014 class of On the Board Fellows will be announced by early December 2013.