The goal of Corporate Board Member Network’s Director Fundamentals Program is to accelerate an executive’s path to securing their first public company board seat, and equip them with the tools and educational resources to be an effective boardroom leader upon placement. Partnering with leading corporate governance organizations enables us to offer program participants unique opportunities that support our mission, and work together through a common goal to serve the community of aspiring directors.


Mike Jeans offers offers personalized guidance, one-on-one coaching, and a practical structure and roadmap to efficiently navigate the process for finding a board position. Mike is a long-time active ACCD advisory board member, experienced corporate CEO and board director, respected career coach, and former president of New Directions, Inc. This pragmatic program consists of five one-on-one sessions (either face-to-face or by phone) with Mike. Learn more.

The Boardlist is a premium talent marketplace that connects public and private companies with exceptional, diverse board and executive talent. With over 24,000 members, we’ve helped more than 2,000 public and private companies find qualified leaders. theBoardlist was founded in 2015, and as a global thought leader on leadership diversity has been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Business Insider and partners with esteemed organizations like Nasdaq, 30% Club, YPO, The Aspen Institute and many more. Learn more at

BoardProspects is a cost-effective board recruitment marketplace which leverages technology to connect corporations with a credentialed board candidate community. 
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Nasdaq’s purpose is to champion inclusive growth and prosperity. With strong corporate governance at its core, Nasdaq powers stronger economies, creates more equitable opportunities, and contributes to a more sustainable world to help its stakeholders and beyond reach their full potential. Authentic connections are built when leaders, with a shared commitment, collaborate in shaping a sustainable future for all. Together, we can help expand the aperture of insight to achieve board excellence—today and as corporate governance landscape evolves.

NxtWork was founded by three women of color. It is the premier network of qualified and vetted executive women+, ready to collaborate and add instant value in the C-suite or boardroom. Since it’s press launch on October 25 2022, NxtWork has introduced potential board members to opportunities sourced from Goldman Sachs, Latin Media Networks, Vista Equity Partner, Acrew Capital and others. Learn more at

Pearl Meyer is the leading advisor to boards and senior management on the alignment of executive compensation with business and leadership strategy, making pay programs a powerful catalyst for value creation and competitive advantage. Pearl Meyer’s global clients stand at the forefront of their industries and range from emerging high-growth, not-for-profit, and private companies to the Fortune 500. The firm has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Jose. Learn more at

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Military experience creates unparalleled skills in the civilian workforce. That is why at RecruitMilitary, we are passionate about empowering veterans, transitioning military, and military spouses to connect with America’s top employers.

What makes us different? Our singular focus on delivering military talent solutions is backed by professionals who have “walked the walk.” The RecruitMilitary team is comprised of veterans and military family members as well as industry-experienced civilians, allowing us to serve as subject matter experts for both sides of the military hiring equation, as we have been doing for decades. Learn more at

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The Director Diversity Initiative (DDI) at the University of North Carolina School of Law works to increase the representation of women, people of color, and others who would add diversity to corporate boards of directors. The DDI maintains a database of potential diverse directors and provides free searches for those interested in adding diverse candidates to the nominee pool. There were six board placements out of fifteen searches in 2020, including four public companies. The DDI sponsors an annual board boot camp for potential diverse directors and monthly free short programs. Learn more at