As featured in the Boston Globe, the Board-Ready Bootcamp initiative is designed to help improve the quality of board governance and composition at tech companies. The bootcamp is focused both on preparing underrepresented tech leaders, including African American, Latinx, LGBTQ, and women tech executives, and on addressing the lack of diversity on tech boards.

The bootcamp program provides a high-impact curriculum on board fundamentals, strategy and governance, as well as practical insights from leaders with decades of combined board experience. We take an intensive dive into the theory and the practice of how boards are structured and how they work.

We challenge participants to think about why and whether they really want to be on a board. We encourage them to consider the unique value they bring, how it aligns with the opportunities they seek, where they might need further experience, how to position themselves to join a board, and how to avoid common mistakes.

The program culminates with an executive networking reception with some of the region’s top CEOs, board members, investors, and other networked leaders who influence board decisions, providing participants an opportunity to get to know, and be known by, those in a position to help make them make board connections.

Beyond the program, the bootcamp initiative seeks to provide ongoing support, access and exposure for our alumni community. Alumni are invited to join our Board-Ready Bootcamp Alumni LinkedIn Group and attend future bootcamp alumni gatherings. They are also included in MassTLC’s board candidate resources where companies can get to know potential future board members.

The April 2019 Cohort gave the Board-Ready Bootcamp a “world class” Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 90 (based on 30 respondents).

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we reimagined the bootcamp as an immersive digital experience. The new virtual format added so much depth and interactivity that we plan to keep the bootcamp virtual for the foreseeable future. We will reevaluate post pandemic. 


“Insightful perspectives on the opportunities and expectations of a board position combined with the opportunity to network with a stellar set of executives made this a highly worthwhile experience.”

– Renee Foster, Former President, Curriculum Associates

“If you are thinking of having a board of directors for your company, this is where you start. If you already have a board, come here to make it better!”

– Mustapha Shaikh, CEO Boston Byte

“The Board Ready Bootcamp was both educational and affirming for the female executives thinking about moving from operational to advisory roles. Hearing directly from female leaders who have an impact in the boardroom makes my board journey more concrete and attainable.  The quality of content and presenters assembled by MassTLC was outstanding. Every single presenter and panelist had deep experience and impact, and connected well to the audience.”

– Maria Loughlin, VP of Engineering, Toast Inc.