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According to the Alliance for Board Diversity, representation of women and minority men on Fortune 500 companies has grown, however slightly—from 12.8 percent in 2010 to 14.4 percent last year. A new Executive Education program, Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director, hopes to accelerate that trend. In addition to helping senior women executives develop the knowledge and skills sought by boards, the weeklong program (next offered in November) demystifies board selection and offers the opportunity to explore topics of boardroom diversity and dynamics. “We designed the curriculum around the challenges that board members actually face, not around the challenges that academics think they face,” says Boris Groysberg, faculty cochair of the program with Professors Frances Frei and Lynn Paine. “There’s no school better prepared than HBS to offer a relevant, rigorous program. We have numerous faculty members who study gender, examine boards, and sit on boards—that triple-play combination is unbeatable.”

Find information on November’s Women on Boards programming at alumni.hbs.edu/womenonboards

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