About NACD

About NACD

Empowering Directors. Transforming Boards.

For more than 40 years, NACD has been on the leading edge of corporate governance, setting standards of excellence that have elevated board performance.  

We understand that in business, change is the only constant. This is why we continue to grow and evolve — arming today’s directors with insights and education that drive their mission forward, while preparing a new generation of boardroom leaders to meet tomorrow’s biggest challenges. 

We are NACD — a community of directors driven by a common purpose: to be trusted catalysts of economic opportunity and positive change — in business and in the communities we serve.


We empower directors and transform boards to be future ready.


Corporate boards are recognized as trusted catalysts of economic change – in business and the communities they serve.


We are one NACD.
We succeed through member impact.
We communicate openly.
We deliver.
We are continuous learners.
We are innovators.

Director Education

NACD has established the standard for director education in the spirit of helping corporate directors foster boardroom cultures focused on continuous improvement, long-term value creation, and strengthening investor trust and public confidence. Using its proprietary director education framework, NACD creates the most comprehensive director knowledge pathway—from awareness to insights to mastery.

NACD is continually adapting our director-education approach to enable directors to get ahead of emerging issues in a rapidly changing environment. As boardrooms witness more first-time directors than ever before and the expectations for directors continue to increase, NACD offers the first US-based certification program for corporate directors: NACD Directorship Certification®. The program equips directors with essential knowledge and elevates the profession of directorship as a whole.

To help boards navigate the interconnected forces presented by the digital era, NACD also offers experiential educational opportunities, such as curated director tours of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) and access to the latest business incubators leveraging technology in Silicon Valley. NACD has also led an effort to close the board's knowledge gap on cyber risk through educating its members on leading practices, convening key stakeholders, and engaging the director community in an ongoing dialogue.

Finally, as part of the organization's transformative efforts in director education and to inspire a broader audience, NACD has launched the Future Fluency podcast to examine how an enterprise's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and innovation is key to unlocking long-term prosperity and growth. 

Contact us to learn how we can help your board lead with confidence.