NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

Be recognized as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.


NACD Board Leadership Fellowship—the highest level of two NACD Fellowship paths—empowers experienced and rising board leaders with a pathway of continuous insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices.

NACD Board Leadership Fellows elevate their board-leadership competencies and translate that knowledge into The Gold Standard Director Credential®—recognized by investors, regulators, and the director community.

In addition to the exclusive benefits enjoyed by all NACD Fellows, NACD Board Leadership Fellows stand within the highest echelon of board leaders and receive:

  • An announcement in NACD Directorship magazine "Postings"
  • Distinction at NACD events across the nation

Be recognized as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Begin with an NACD Foundation Course. Build on your foundation and maintain your credential by earning credits through NACD’s wide variety of director education programs each year. 

Step 1: Begin


Begin your Board Leadership Fellowship path by attending an NACD Foundation Course.

NACD Advanced Director Professionalism®
Equips experienced directors with the competencies and skills required for effective committee and board leadership.


NACD Master Class 
Fosters thought-provoking analysis and mastery of today’s board leadership strategies among seasoned directors.


Step 2: Build


Build on your foundation by earning NACD Fellowship Credits within one year.

Earn 6 Skill and 4 Collaborative Fellowship Credits.* 


Step 3: Maintain


Maintain your credential by earning NACD Fellowship Credits year after year.

Earn 6 Skill and 4 Collaborative Fellowship Credits.* 

*Skill Credits are earned through NACD programs that that heighten expertise, teach a new skill, and improve productivity in the boardroom. Earn Skill Credits through:

*Collaborative Credits are earned through NACD programs that inform with outside perspectives, are more interactive, and provide outstanding networking. Earn Collaborative Credits through:

*Earn all credits at once by attending one annual specialty event:

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We can help you plan your NACD Board Leadership Fellowship path to best meet your governance challenges and fit your schedule. For more information, or a comprehensive discussion on NACD Fellowship®, please contact:


NACD Fellowship® is exclusive to NACD members. Learn more about the benefits of NACD membership.