NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

Boardroom fundamentals for new and aspiring public company directors


Directors preparing for a new public company board role or looking to position themselves for future board seats will gain real-world and real-time insights into boardroom effectiveness in today's dynamic business environment.

NACD’s world-renowned Governance Fellowship® foundation course has equipped directors with the boardroom fundamentals and leading practices needed to serve as strategic assets for nearly a decade. This course covers critical topics, including expanding committee responsibilities, the board's role in strategy and risk oversight, fiduciary duties, and effective management/C-suite communications. A variety of course formats add the flexibility to learn when and where your busy schedule allows.

Locations and Dates

Location-based courses offer the benefits of diverse perspectives, networking, and dynamic Q&A:

The NEW online course provides the flexibility to learn at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

The in-boardroom approach offers customization for your full board.


Exclusive to NACD members, this course will benefit directors beginning their first term on a public company board as well as any director looking to expand—or refresh—their knowledge of the fundamentals of boardroom effectiveness.

  • Make a strong statement to shareholders about your dedication to the highest standards of director professionalism and begin your path toward NACD Governance FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®.
  • Gain practical knowledge of the board’s core responsibilities and critical competencies established in the NACD Director Education Framework—the standard for director education.
  • Learn from seasoned directors how to gear your unique skills, business knowledge, leadership capabilities, and breadth of experience to become a 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 fostering healthy board dynamics.
  • Understand the expanding requirements of key board committees—nominating and governance, compensation, and audit—where the heavy lifting is done on the board.
  • Address and limit director liability by deepening your understanding of the board’s role in risk oversight and fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Receive practical tools to assist with horizon and scenario planning for emerging trends and disruptors, including cyber risk and technology, changing demographics, geopolitical shifts, and the latest developments on Capitol Hill.
  • Gain real-world insights for effective oversight of strategy development, execution, and course correction at different points in the company’s lifecycle—from acquisitions and joint ventures to the IPO.
  • Increase the effectiveness of board/C-suite relationships, including talent oversight, compensation and succession planning, and information flow.
  • Renew your insight into the most meaningful metrics for understanding and analyzing financial performance through a board lens.
  • Create a strong, effective, and proactive communications plan for investor engagement.

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"A great foundation program for the prospective, the newly elected, or the seasoned director on the issues, trends, and concerns that face all board members in a changing environment."

- Dave Barrie, director of Advanced Battery Concepts, Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., and Perma-Pipe International Holdings; NACD Governance Fellow

"Profound opportunity to grow personally and professionally, network, and remain contemporary in serving my boards.” 

- Mary Jo Gregory, director of Health Choice Integrated Care, Northern Arizona Leadership Alliance, and The NARBHA Institute; NACD Board Leadership Fellow

"100% of my time motivated and attentive. I learned something from every presenter and each peer director. That’s a good ROI.” 

- Alicia Ritter, director of the Foundation for Idaho History, Idaho Business for Education, Idaho Independent Bank, Lee Pesky Learning Center, and the NACD Northwest Chapter; NACD Governance Fellow

"A must for new directors and refresh for experienced directors.”

- Richard Casey, director of BodyLogicMD and Physicians Laboratory Services; NACD Governance Fellow


NACD Fellowship®: Foundation Course

CPE credits: up to 22

 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:

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