NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors


NACD’s highly interactive Advanced Director Professionalism® foundation course will convene experienced directors looking to position themselves as lead directors, board and/or committee chairs in downtown Austin. 

Through panel discussions, committee chair/lead director training, workshops, and case studies with seasoned board leaders, you’ll benefit from real-world and real-time insights to help you navigate critical board leadership challenges, build a high performance board, and effectively lead your board and committees.

Small-group peer exchanges will simultaneously deepen and showcase your expertise while you make new connections with experienced directors from a wide range of industries.

Attending NACD Advanced Director Professionalism makes a strong statement to stakeholders about your dedication to exemplary board leadership and begins your path toward NACD Board Leadership FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®.


NACD Member Registration



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*Price is inclusive of program registration and your first year of NACD Individual Director Membership

Agenda & Speakers

The highly interactive agenda applies insights into the board’s core responsibilities and critical competencies established in the NACD Director Education Framework.

Case Study: A Price Worth Paying?


Onboarding Essentials


A Year in the Life of Your Board: Planning and Pivoting


Talent Oversight


Enhancing Compliance and Ethics Oversight


Perspectives on the Horizon


Corporate Turnarounds and Transformations


The Future of Shareholder Activism


Strategy from a Board Perspective

Breakout Sessions

Training: Lead Director & Key Committee Chair (Audit, Compensation, and Nom/Gov)
Optional Peer Exchange: Cyber Risk


Four Seasons Austin
98 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the Four Seasons Austin at the group rate of $329/night, plus applicable taxes.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 512-685-8100 and giving the group name “NACD”. The rate will be available until May 18, 2018, or until sold out.


NACD Board Leadership Fellowship®: Foundation Course

NACD Board leadership Fellowship

CPE credits: up to 13

CPE Credits

The National Association of Corporate Directors is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

NACD Board Leadership Fellowship® Foundation Course

Program Level: Advanced
Delivery Method: Group-Live 
Prerequisites: Attendees must have an NACD membership and an in-depth understanding of corporate governance.
Advanced Preparation: Materials will be sent to all participants to read before the course.


Register by phone: 571-357-3830

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Payment, Cancellation, and Transfer Policy

Event registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received. Each cancelled registration will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing no fewer than 30 calendar days before the event start date in order to qualify for a partial refund. If written notice is given within 29 calendar days of the event start date, registrants will forfeit the entire program fee unless it is transferred to another NACD program pursuant to the following transfer policy.

Application for transfer credit must be received within 30 calendar days of the date on which NACD receives written notice of cancellation. Transferred credit (less the $500 cancellation fee) will apply only to eligible NACD programs that occur within 12 months of a cancellation. Please submit all cancellations and transfer requests via e-mail to or via fax to 866-536-9044.