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|Board Access Program|
Watermark is an active advocate for board leadership and best practices in governance. To support this goal, we offer customized services to all Watermark members with interests to serve on boards and to find qualified directors to serve.
Women and men across the country prove their mettle every day in senior executive roles. For most, however, board of director positions remain out of reach. For members with an interest to become a director, we partner with Boardwise, Ltd. to offer the Board Access Program. It is a six-month, interactive program designed to help you to craft your professional development plan and to connect you with the resources to make it happen. The program is managed by Boardwise, Ltd., Watermark’s strategic partner for governance matters.
Participants tell us:
"I have gained new insight into my career development by participating in the Board Access program. The assessment, coaching and simulations have been invaluable in opening my perspective about what more I can do to effectively prepare for a position as a board member. My coach, Donna Hamlin, is an incredible resource and brings a global set of experience and expertise across industries and geographies to help you think broadly but also engage locally in your career. Every senior woman should go through the Board Access program!” –Ashley Magargee, National Sales Director, Genentech
"The Board Access Program offered me both systematic education and personal guidance for my career path to the board director role. The coaches work with professionals in a personal, customized way that is best for you. I highly recommend this program to professionals, like me, who just start exploring board director roles, I believe you will be just as excited as I am, once you start the program. I also recommend this program to those serving as board directors already, as I believe the great networking and connections through this program will help us inspire each other and lead us to the next level of our careers.” –Lyndsey Zhang, CFO, MiaSolé
"The Board Access Program has both helped me structure my thinking about what type of board position fits with my experience, interests and ambitions today and then developed my relevant brand and board profile to match my ideal fit. I found the board simulation and my time with my coach, Murray Cook, to be incredibly valuable in testing and evolving my thinking and skills to serve as a director.” –Yvonne Wassenaar, VP, Office of the CXO, VMware
"The Board Access Program helped me learn and recognize the biggest thing I needed to do to get ready for board service was to acknowledge that I was ready for board service." –Meg Bear, Senior VP and General Manager, Cloud Services, Imperva
Components included in our program:
In addition to the above components, the Board Access Program offers Board Governance workshops on topics critical to board members – these are at an additional cost discounted for Board Access participants. The workshops are interactive sessions with men and women who sit on boards, providing both opportunities for development and connections. Examples include:
Participants can begin the Board Access Program at any time. This program is open to both members and non-members.
Watermark Members: $2,600 Non-Members: $2,995
The Board Access Program is not refundable or transferable.
Members who seek qualified directors for their boards can find top quality talent from the Board Bona Fide® global registry. Boardwise maintains the registry of screened and evaluated professionals who wish to serve. The registry is global and many of our Watermark members who have completed the Board Access program are included. Once you identify the key experiences and skills you seek in a director, you can contact Boardwise to help you source candidates. As Watermark members, this service is free to you. For more information, contact Donna Hamlin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Please feel free to contact Donna Hamlin, Executive Director of the Board Access Program.