Driving Cognitive Diversity in the Boardroom—NACD Helps Senior Military Officers Transition to Boardroom Service
Realizing that many of those who have served in the military have diverse leadership experiences and functional skills, the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has developed a new program to help senior military officers transition to boardroom service. This program will help advance high standards of director professionalism and increase cognitive diversity on corporate boards.
The first-of-its-kind forum—From the Battlefield to the Boardroom—will be held Tuesday, February 28 through Thursday, March 1 in Washington, DC. The agenda, speakers and program details can be viewed at www.NACDonline.org/Military.
In a Reuters story announcing the event, NACD President and CEO Ken Daly remarked that, “Developing an engaged community of men and women who retired from the most senior ranks of the military will raise the standards of directorship, provide diversity candidates for future director positions and provide opportunities for retired military officers currently serving as directors to mentor those with an interest in serving in the boardroom.”
In an environment where corporate boards and their enterprises face intense scrutiny, having qualified, well-prepared directors with diverse backgrounds and skill sets is critical. From the Battlefield to the Boardroom will continue NACD’s mission of preparing directors to professionally oversee the affairs of the corporation and building strong, diverse boards to serve as strategic assets for their enterprises. Since its founding 35 years ago, NACD has been focused on driving director professionalism, and has held several forums aimed at promoting diversity in the boardroom.
During this two-day forum, leading public company directors and corporate governance professionals will discuss boardroom realities with retired military flag and general officers and detail how their service-connected, core skill sets and experiences can be applied in public and private company boardrooms. The forum will also provide sessions on skill and knowledge development to help the participants apply their wisdom within the context of board leadership and corporate governance practices.
Full information, including an up-to-date agenda for the two-day program, is available at http://www.NACDonline.org/Military.