What you'll learn

  • Grasp the essential differences among boards of for-profit companies (including private-equity and venture-backed firms), non-profit organizations, and public-sector enterprises
  • Appreciate the legal, operating, and regulatory differences among boards depending on the nature of the organization; e.g., pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, technology firms, venture-backed firms, insurers, and hospitals
  • Learn the essential responsibilities and duties of effective board membership and leadership, based on the maturity and size of the company
  • Connect to and learn from women who have achieved demonstrable success as board members
  • Develop your own individual action plans to seek and obtain board seats

Course description

Supporting Executives with Directions, Tools, and Approaches to Increase Representation of Women on Health Care and Related Industry Boards

Gender disparity on boards of directors is well recognized and documented, whether in the for-profit, non-profit, or government sectors. In the United States, fewer than 30% of corporate board directors are women. Nearly 50% of venture capital firms focused on health care have no women on their boards of their portfolio companies. Yet studies show that companies with women on their boards make decisions that better protect company value and performance.

Accomplished and qualified women want positions on boards of directors and want to advance to leadership roles on them. Many are unclear how to secure these positions of responsibility. Women on Boards: Getting on and Adding Value works to increase the representation of women in governance positions in health care by teaching strategies and competencies to help women to become a first-rate board member, to prepare you for the inevitable challenges, and to provide direction, tools, and approaches to reach your full potential.

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