Our Next Generation Director program, co-developed with World 50, helps diverse executives develop the skills to land their first board role.


Developing executives to become thriving board members

While business leaders increasingly appreciate that board diversity improves performance, many boards still lack true racial and ethnic equity. To change this, we’ve partnered with the leading community for senior executives, World 50, to design and run the Next Generation Director program. Next Generation Director is an immersive, year-long executive development and coaching program and community designed to improve board diversity at the world's leading companies.

In 2022, Next Generation Director focused on Black executives. For the second program, which will begin in Spring 2023, women of color will be taking part.

Nominate someone to take part


About Next Generation Director

Next Generation Director combines our expertise in board search and effectiveness with World 50’s record of running top-tier executive development and networking programs.

The program includes face-to-face and virtual sessions that cover timely and enduring topics, giving executives the knowledge and relationships to find board roles, show they’re ready to step up, and improve their chances of success. There’s also a facilitated alumni community that nurtures long-term relationships.

An exceptional Advisory Board of world-renowned directors serves as faculty and mentors, offering practical perspectives from the front line of board service. And they use their ongoing experience to help us shape the program's content and curriculum to address the needs of today's boardroom.

Meet the Advisory Board

Aida Alvarez

Kenneth Bacon

Gaurdie Banister Jr.

Les Brun Willie Deese

Beth Ford

Marjorie Lao

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Sabastian Niles

Clara Shih

Myrna Soto

Ron Sugar

Tracey Travis

Lisa Wardell

Mark Weinberger

Ron Williams


What will I learn?

Next Generation Director includes forward-thinking education on a range of relevant topics, including:

  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • The attributes of highly effective board engagement
  • Critical governance issues and trends
  • The best tactics for navigating the search for board opportunities
  • Excelling in the first year of service.


Nominate a female executive of color to take part

If you would like to nominate an executive for participation, please email nextplatform@world50.com