Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy


The National Association of Corporate Directors, the NACD Corporate Directors Institute, and NACD’s Affiliated Chapters (collectively “NACD,” “we,” “our,” or “us”) believe in and are committed to protecting your personal information, and privacy is NACD’s highest priority. NACD’s Privacy Policy applies to our websites, landing pages, forms, and learning and event platforms (collectively, the “Site”) and use of any of our services, including but not limited to board services, membership, certification and fellowship programs, and corporate governance services (collectively, the “Services”). This NACD Privacy Policy (the “Privacy Policy”) does not apply to information that may be collected through any other means, including information collected by third-party services, applications, learning or event platforms, or websites or advertisements associated with, linked to, or otherwise accessible from this Site. The information collected or received by such third parties is subject to their own privacy policies or practices.

NACD will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. However, we may share your personal information in limited situations. Please read the following NACD Privacy Policy to understand how we collect, use, and safeguard the information you provide via the Site or the Services. By using our Site, Services, or voluntarily providing your information to us, you consent to the collection and use of all information as set forth in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, please do not provide us with any information and do not use our Site. We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time in response to changing legal, technical, or business developments. You can see when this Privacy Policy was last updated by checking the “Last Updated” date displayed at the bottom of this Privacy Policy.

Information We Collect

NACD may collect information (whether online, by phone, or by paper) from members and nonmembers, which enables us to identify or contact you for business purposes, whether simply visiting our Site or having an account with NACD for the use of Services; voluntarily completing a customer or vendor survey; providing feedback on any of our message boards or via email; asking a question; or for any other reasons. We may also collect information from publicly available sources such as the IRS, social media, and other websites. The types of personal data we collect include, but are not limited to:  



Contact information

Name, personal address(es), personal email address(es), fax number(s), personal telephone number(s), and title(s)

Business contact information

Name, business address(es), business email address(es), fax number(s), assistant name and contact, and business telephone number(s)

Demographic information

Age, gender, race and ethnicity, veteran status, and other protected classifications (self-reported or publicly disclosed)

Account information

Username and account preferences to access our Services

Payment information

Payment card number (credit or debit card), bank account number, billing address, or other financial account numbers and account details

Membership (including NACD Accelerate™), Certification, or other enrollment information

Online registration information (includes but is not limited to contact information, business contact information), record of attendance information, surveys, and assessments

Social media

Information related to your social media profiles, including (but not limited to) LinkedIn

Marketing preferences and customer feedback

Marketing preferences or responses to voluntary customer satisfaction surveys to improve our marketing communications. We may collect information about interaction with, and responses to, our marketing communications, reviews, and endorsements provided regarding our Services

Additional information

Bios, résumés, job history, affiliations, or similar related information

Other information you provide to us

For example, when you use or view our Site, submit a “Contact Us” form, or provide other information to us; or when you attend an event as a speaker, attendee, or other, your photo or a video recording of you may be used for educational and promotional purposes; or when you request testing accommodations, you provide us with medical documentation related to your request

We may also collect nonpersonal or other information that does not identify you when you interact with our Site (e.g., Site usage and Services viewed), call us and/or email or mail us. We may use nonpersonal information to improve the usability of our Site and for other business reasons.

The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this Site and Services:

Registration. Our Site’s registration form requires users to give us personal contact and business information, unique identifiers, and financial information. We use customer contact information from the registration form to send the user information about our company. The customer’s contact information is also used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users may opt out of receiving future mailings and/or emails: see the choice/opt-out section below. Financial information that is collected is used to bill the user for purchased products and Services. Demographic information may sometimes be collected to supplement the information we collect from you; however, the demographic fields are optional, and you can delete this information by contacting us (see below).

Membership. If you have a member account with us, this Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the applicable agreement governing your use of such Services and benefits. You (or someone on your behalf) will provide us with some or all of the following membership-related information: contact information, business information, payment information or other enrollment information, and any information you choose to provide us.

Responses to member surveys are aggregated and de-identified when published. Demographic information may sometimes be collected to supplement the information we collect from you; however, the demographic fields are optional, and you can delete this information by contacting us (see below).

Credentials. Credentials included, but are not limited to:

  1. NACD Directorship Certification®
  2. NACD Fellowship®
  3. Cyber-Risk Oversight Certificate

Portions of our Site, including NACD Credentials and related web pages, use forms and other means to collect visitors’ contact and personal information for purposes related to NACD Directorship Certification®, NACD Board Leadership Fellowship, and Cyber-Risk Oversight Certificate. As part of the administration of these credentials, we may post on our Site and social media sites that you have earned a credential and disclose some of that information to service providers (like testing providers (for example, Pearson VUE)), online badge providers, external director databases (for example, Equilar), and other providers of technology), those requesting credential verification, for legitimate business purposes to provide Services and as required by law enforcement. Users may opt out of disclosing certain information. See the choice/opt-out section below. However, be aware that users who opt out of certain portions will not be able to pursue, obtain, or maintain NACD Directorship Certification®. Demographic information may sometimes be collected to supplement the information we collect from you; however, the demographic fields are optional, and you can delete this information by contacting us (see below). We may also request medical documentation for those requesting testing accommodations; however, we do not share or save your medical documentation except for purposes of securing the requested accommodations with our testing providers (like Pearson VUE).

Board Search. Your personal contact information, business information, and any additional information (e.g., résumé) will be shared with our board candidate search alliance partner and successful search announcements may be shared on our Site or social media sites.

Cookies and Other Information Collected by Automated Means. Your IP address is used to help identify you and your shopping cart and to gather broad demographic information. This Site uses Cookies, tracking pixels, and related technologies. Cookies are small data files that are served by our platform and stored on your device. Our Site uses Cookies dropped by third parties or us for a variety of purposes, including to operate and personalize the Site. Also, Cookies may be used to track how you use the Site to target ads served to you on other websites. Cookies do not personally identify you; they merely recognize your computer. By using our Site and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of Cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy. You may opt out by visiting these websites:

Speakers/Bloggers/Contributors. When Bloggers/Contributors submit articles electronically, they must adhere to the NACD Contributor Guidelines, which require such articles be sent as an attachment with an email cover letter, including name, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of the authors. Information collected from Speakers may be governed by independent speaker contracts.

Events. NACD may collect personal, business, marketing, and other types of information (as defined above) when you attend an NACD event, including but not limited to, as a speaker, attendee, volunteer, or sponsor.

Other Forms of Communication and Information Collected. In the course of communications, NACD may collect contact information from you (including by phone, email, chat, in person, via social media, the Site, or otherwise) in order to provide our Services. Our Site uses an order form for customers to request information, products, and Services. We collect visitors’ contact information (like their email address) and financial information (like their account or credit card numbers). Contact information from the order form is used to send orders to our customers. The customer’s contact information is used to get in touch with the customer when necessary. Users may opt out of receiving future mailings and/or emails: see the choice/opt-out section below. Financial information that is collected is used to bill the user for products and Services. Our online surveys ask visitors for contact information (like their email address) and financial information (like their account or credit card numbers). We use contact data from our surveys to send the user information about our company. Users may opt out of receiving future mailings and/or emails; see the choice/opt-out section below.

This Site contains links to other websites. NACD is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

Without limiting the above, where we need your personal information to provide the Services to you, if you do not provide this information when requested (or you later ask to delete it), we may not be able to provide you with the Services. Such information is considered to be what a reasonable person would understand as necessary to perform the Services, and any information we designate as “required” at the time of collection, or through other appropriate means. 

How We Share Your Information

We may share your personal information with third parties under the following circumstances or as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy:

Business Partners. We may share your personal information, business information, and additional information with our business partners. For example, the information of those who are NACD Directorship Certified® may go to our credentialing, digital badging, and database partners.

Service Providers. We may share your personal information with third-party companies and individuals that provide services on our behalf to help us operate the Services (such as customer support, email delivery, hosting, marketing, database management services, credentialing digital badging services, database of board-ready candidates and directors, and accelhrate (board search alliance partner)).

Events. We may provide your personal information, business information, board affiliation, and city locations on a list of attendees at our programs. You may choose to share additional details via virtual or in-person fishbowl (business card collection). In addition, NACD events may be recorded and published in their entirety via NACD’s member-only or publicly accessible video library, and we may use a highlight reel of the event for promotional use via NACD emails, websites, virtual/in-person NACD programs, NACD publications, and in other promotional materials.

Compliance and Legal Process. We may disclose contact information and/or information about you as we believe necessary or appropriate to comply with applicable laws, lawful requests such as a subpoena or other legal process, or as we believe appropriate to (a) investigate or prevent illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (b) protect our, your, or others’ rights, privacy, safety, or property; and (c) enforce the terms and conditions that govern the Services.

How We Protect Your Personal Information

The security of your personal information is of the utmost importance to us. While we cannot guarantee absolute security, we will always use our best efforts to safeguard your personal information. We implement a number of administrative, technical, and physical measures to protect your personal data, taking into account the nature of the personal data and the processing and security risks.

If You Are Located in the European Union Or the United Kingdom, You May Have Certain Rights

We have summarized certain rights that you may have under data protection laws and regulations if you are located in the European Union or the United Kingdom. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights. Your principal rights under data protection law are

To exercise these rights, you may contact us using the contact information at the end of this Privacy Policy.

How Long Do We Retain Your Data?  

We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes for which your personal information has been collected as outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required by law.

Children’s Information

In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, we will not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13. If you are under the age of 13, please do not attempt to register for any of the Services we offer, use any of our Site’s interactive or public comment features, or provide any information about yourself to us. If we learn we have collected or received information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that a child under the age of 13 may have provided us personal information, please contact us at Those under the age of 18 are not eligible for NACD Services.

How to Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, complaints, or suggestions you might have regarding the information or practices described in this Privacy Policy. You can contact us using the details below:

Choice/Opt-Out. Please use one of the following methods to request that we remove your personal information from our database, to stop receiving communications from NACD, to no longer receive our Services, or to request that we not share your personal information with third parties:

  1. Email
  2. To update your subscriber preferences or to opt out of all NACD emails, click here.
  3. Call the following telephone number: 571-367-3700.
  4. Emails contain links to unsubscribe from marketing and news information, if desired.

Even if you choose to opt out from certain data uses described in this Privacy Policy, we will continue processing your personal information where we are required to by law or for legitimate business purposes.  


NACD gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided:

  1. Email
  2. Call the following telephone number: 571-367-3700.

Contacting the Website

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, you can

  1. email, or
  2. call the following telephone number: 571-367-3700.


Last Updated: August 17, 2021