ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR APRIL & OCTOBER 2020

The application for the 2020 bootcamps — Thursday, April 9th, and Thursday, October 8th, 2020 — is now open. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis in batches every two weeks or so and accepted applicants will be notified via email. Once accepted, applicants must register and pay to reserve their seat in the bootcamp. Space is limited.

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We have combined the best elements of our inaugural 2019 bootcamps with valuable participant insights to create the best possible program for 2020. The faculty on this page will be updated once the 2020 speakers are confirmed. The updated 2020 Agenda is below. See the faculty line-up from our October 2019 and April 2019 bootcamps to get a sense of the caliber of the program. 

MEET THE OCTOBER BOOTCAMP FACULTY

The 2019 Bootcamps were presented by experienced industry and academic leaders with decades of combined board experience. During this one-day bootcamp, participants learned the responsibilities of being an effective board member, gained practical insights and developed their networks.

Lynda Applegate
Professor
Harvard Business School

Kirk Arnold
Executive-in-Residence
General Catalyst

Tracy Atkinson
Audit Committee Chair
Raytheon Corporation

Wolfgang Bauriedel
Advisor & Recruiter
Russell Reynolds Associates

Gail Deegan
Former Director on
Six Public Company Boards

Wendy Foster
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Jill Greenthal
Nominating, Ethics, & Governance Com. Chair Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Yogesh Gupta
President & CEO
Progress

Roger Heinen
Management Development & Compensation Com. Chair
Monotype

Diane Hessan
CEO
Salient Ventures

Tom Hopcroft
President & CEO
MassTLC

William Kolb
Partner
Foley Hoag

Pamela Lenehan
Board Chair
Monotype Imaging

Matthew Littlewood
Partner
PWC

Leah Malone
Director, Governance
Insights Center, PWC

Margaret McKenna
Board Vice Chair, BIDMC
Board Member, BESE

Pam Reeve
Chair
The Commonwealth Institute

Tuck Rickards
Managing Director
Russell Reynolds Associates

Corey Thomas
CEO, Rapid7; Board Member
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA

Mary Ann Tocio
Retired President & COO
Bright Horizons

Sophie Vandebroek
Inaugural Visiting Scholar
MIT School of Engineering 

Linda Whitlock
Board Member, Cambridge
Trust
Red Sox Foundation

Phyllis Yale
Board Member 
DaVita, Inc.

Tracey Zhen
President
ZipCar

THE BOOTCAMP AGENDA

The Board-Ready Bootcamp is a full-day program that will be held on Thursday, April 9th, 2020, at PwC, 101 Seaport Boulevard, in Boston’s Innovation District. Participants must apply, be accepted, register and pay before attending the Bootcamp. 

Like any board meeting, Bootcamp attendees will be expected arrive at the Bootcamp already familiar with materials that will be sent in advance. Rather than “presenting” this foundational information, the bootcamp will focus on interactive discussions to illustrate key points and engage in attendee-directed dialogue.

The schedule and menu for the April 2020 Bootcamp have been adjusted out of respect for those who are observing Passover and seek to be home before sundown for the second Seder. 

7:00-7:30
Registration, Networking & Coffee

7:30-8:30
“Making Our Own Luck” Networking Reception:
Getting Plugged in to a Network of Board Influencers

8:30-8:45
Welcome & Bootcamp Kickoff

8:45-9:00
Tabletop Discussions / Group Mentoring

9:00-9:30
Board Fundamentals

9:30-10:30
What CEOs Expect from their Boards?

10:30-10:50
Tabletop Discussions / Group Mentoring

10:50-11:00
Networking Break

11:00-12:00
The Business of Boards:
Linking Leadership & Governance

12:00-12:45
Networking, Reflection & Lunch

12:45-1:30
What Committee Chairs Want

1:30-2:15
What Value Do I Bring to the Board?

2:15-2:35
Tabletop Discussions / Group Mentoring

2:35-2:45
Networking Break

2:45-3:15
Workshopping Your Board Bio

3:15-3:55
Wrap Up: Audience Q&A & Next Steps

3:55-4:00
Thank you & Closing

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“I left on cloud 9! Spending a day with such an amazingly diverse group of peers and learning from the talented and accomplished speakers was awesome. Best professional development day I’ve ever had.”
– Tara Hendricks, VP of Finance & Operations, Talla Inc.

“I had no idea how much I didn’t already know about this field, despite it being so well aligned with my growth aspirations and abilities.  Now I’m on the path! I would highly recommend this program for my most talented peers in the technology community that have already found their entrepreneurial side, but are still craving more ways to grow and to give back.”
– Andre Black, Vice President of Products, Allego, Inc.

“The Board-Ready Bootcamp will help you to understand what is expected of a board member, to identify the value you would bring to a board, and insights on how to pursue a board appointment.”
– Meg Meaney, Vice President, Marketing Operations, Carbonite, Inc.

BOOTCAMP UNDERWRITERS

Thank you to the following organizations for providing the financial support and thought leadership to make this initiative possible.

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