Foundation Course

NACD Director Professionalism®

NACD's renowned Director Professionalism program serves as the prerequisite course for the NACD Directorship Certification™, providing directors with real-world and real-time insights into the boardroom fundamentals necessary to successfully navigate today's dynamic business environment. Directors preparing for a new public-company board role or looking to position themselves for future board seats will benefit from the panel discussions, case studies, and keynote presentations with experienced directors offered by this course.

With multiple offerings throughout the year and an online option, you will be able to select your preferred course during the certification application process. The price of Director Professionalism is included in the Complete Certification Package fee.

If you are an experienced director with significant board experience or have already taken NACD Director Professionalism, you may be eligible to skip this prerequisite course and go right to the exam. Learn more about eligibility and exceptions.

2020 Director Professionalism Schedule

Dec. 7-9 | Orlando, FL | Four Seasons Orlando
Venue
Four Seasons Orlando
10100 Dream Tree Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32836

NACD has reserved a block of guest rooms at the Four Seasons Orlando at the group rate of $299/night, plus applicable taxes (12.5%). Please contact the hotel at 212-883-1234 and reference “NACD” or by using this link: Four Seasons Orlando Online Reservation to make your reservation to receive the discounted rate. The rate will be available until November 16, 2020, or until sold out.
Virtual Director Professionalism | Online | Your Location 
All virtual course participants benefit from the ability to learn at their own pace with:
  • Real-world insights from NACD's faculty of seasoned directors and governance experts
  • Leading and next-level boardroom practices developed by 40 years of NACD experience

  • NACD Virtual Director Professionalism® is the prerequisite course for NACD Directorship Certification™. Should you choose to pursue Certification after registering for this course, you will receive instructions on how to do so at the preferred certification package rate.

    If you are currently enrolled in Virtual Director Professionalism®, you will meet the prerequisite for Certification upon successful completion, and will then be able to apply and schedule your exam. If you have any questions, please contact Certification@NACDonline.org.

    Program Format

    Through panel discussions, case studies, and keynote presentations with experienced directors, you'll benefit from real-world and real-time insights into board effectiveness and the evolving role of key committees in today's dynamic business environment.

    Small-group peer exchanges will offer dynamic Q&A on the unique governance challenges and emerging issues facing public, private, and nonprofit boards—and ample time for networking.

    Learning Objectives

    This comprehensive course provides a robust foundation in the fundamentals and leading practices essential to boardroom effectiveness in today's dynamic corporate governance environment. All course participants gain awareness of the board's core responsibilities and critical areas of director knowledge established in the NACD Director Education Framework.

    This comprehensive course provides a robust foundation in the fundamentals and leading practices essential to boardroom effectiveness in today's dynamic corporate governance environment. All course participants gain awareness of the board's core responsibilities and critical areas of director knowledge established in the NACD Director Education Framework.

    • Learn from seasoned directors how to gear your unique skills, business knowledge, leadership capabilities, and breadth of experience to become a more strategic asset in the boardroom and position yourself for future board seats

    • Prepare for board meetings with best practices for agenda setting, onboarding, executive sessions, and planning the board calendar, as well as techniques for healthy board dynamics

    • Develop renewed insights on the most meaningful metrics for understanding and analyzing financial performance

    • Understand the critical roles and expanding requirements of key board committees—Nominating and Governance, Compensation, and Audit

    • Gain real-world insights for effective oversight of short-term and long-term strategy at different points in the company's lifecycle—from acquisitions and joint ventures to the IPO

    • Deepen your understanding of the board's role in risk oversight and fiduciary responsibilities to address and limit director liability

    • Increase the board's effectiveness in talent oversight and board/C-suite relationships, including CEO compensation and succession planning to information flow

    • Practical tools for horizon and scenario planning emerging trends and disruptors, including cyber and technology, changing demographics, geopolitical shifts, and the latest developments on Capitol Hill

    • Create a strong, effective, and proactive communications plan for investor and shareholder engagement during and outside of proxy season

    Sample Director Professionalism Agenda