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Becoming an Exceptional Board Director Candidate Education & Certification Course

International Board Director Competency Designation (IBDC.D)


Course designed for aspiring and experienced Board Directors


Who benefits from this Education & Certification Course?

  • Aspiring Directors looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of Board operations, decisioning processes, and structures.

  • Experienced Directors with the desire to increase their own knowledge above what they have experienced as well as elevate and apply modern concepts to the Boards they serve.

  • Any level of Director (aspiring to experienced) looking to fully understand modern Board Director Candidate ‘packaging’ and marketing to land additional or their first Board seat(s).


Course & Certification Introduction

Learn the proven and effective steps for not only modern-day Board operations, but also successfully plan and Implement your personal Board Director Candidate strategy. Experience how these achievable & focused efforts help you convey the experience and confidence needed for serious Board Director and Board Advisor consideration. Education & Certification Course is designed for any stage of your career and any level of Board experience (aspiring to experienced).

The Differentiator: Get both the modern Board Director Candidate packaging AND modern Board operations knowledge all in one shot while ALSO earning your globally recognized International Board Director Competency Designation (IBDC.D) certification.



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Course / Certification Engagement Options

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Group Education Sessions

For Groups of 8 or more registrants (corporate / groups formed by you / open enrollment), the full education program with 1.5 hour live session summaries following each of the 12 modules leading to IBDC.D certification. << email group@pfisterstrategy.com to form a private group >> << Available Open Enrollment details below >>

1:1 Education Sessions

Individualized focus, guidance, and mentorship throughout the entire education program with 1.5 hour live session summaries following each of the 12 modules leading to IBDC.D certification. (Once registered you will coordinate your 1:1 schedule)

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Start: Course and Certification Overview

  • 2

    Phase 1 / Session 1: Introduction to Program and Goal Setting

    • Phase 1 / Session 1 Start Video

    • Phase 1 / Session 1 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Introduction to Program and Goal Setting

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Foreword + Chapter 1 - Introduction

    • Thought Assignment: Personal Board Goals Form

    • Reading Assignment: Evaporating Pool of Officer-Ready Talent

    • Reading Assignment: Boards and the Baby Boomer Retirement Effect

    • Reading Assignment & Case Study: 5 Lasting Board Lessons From The Theranos Debacle

    • Reading Assignment: 7 Pivots For The COVID-Age Board

    • Video (optional, but recommended): 7 Pivots For The COVID-Age Board

    • Concept Writeup and Understanding: Introduction to Board Documents

    • Phase 1 / Session 1 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 3

    Phase 1 / Session 2: Board Director Trending & Future Prospects

    • Phase 1 / Session 2 Start Video

    • Phase 1 / Session 2 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Board Director Trending and Future Prospects

    • Reading Assignment: Early History of Boards

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 2 - Why Create Your Board + Chapter 3 - When to Create or Recreate Your Board

    • Reading Assignment: Heeding The Board's 5 Observables

    • Video (optional, but recommended): Heeding the Board's 5 Observables

    • Reading Assignment: Private Equity vs. the Traditional Company

    • Reading Assignment: Is Your Organization Surviving or Thriving?

    • Reading Assignment: The Board's Focus on HIAR

    • Bonus Article (optional, but recommended): The Great CEO Swap Out

    • Phase 1 / Session 2 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 4

    Phase 1 / Session 3: The New Board Directorship Expectations

    • Phase 1 / Session 3 Start Video

    • Phase 1 / Session 3 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: The New Board Directorship Expectations

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 4 - What Makes a Great Board?

    • Reading Assignment: Getting Back to Board Basics

    • Reading Assignment: The Board's Continuing Education Priority

    • Template (Optional): Board of Directors Continuing Education Policy

    • Reading Assignment: Do You Deal In Trust?

    • Reading Assignment: Your Personal Strategy During Times of Crisis

    • Reading Assignment: The Non-Executive Chairperson

    • Reading Assignment: Cancel Culture & the Board

    • Reading Assignment: On The Board of Public Opinion

    • Phase 1 / Session 3 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 5

    Phase 1 / Session 4: Showcasing Your Strategy & Governance Expertise

    • Phase 1 / Session 4 Start Video

    • Phase 1 / Session 4 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Showcasing Your Strategy and Governance Expertise

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 5 - The Role of Strategy + Chapter 6 - The Role of Governance

    • Video + Templates: Becoming The Strategic Executive

    • Video: Exceptional Board Governance

    • Reading Assignment: Why Do Boards Continue To Struggle With Strategy?

    • Reading Assignment: Are Boards Embracing Innovation Governance?

    • Reading Assignment: Governing The Escalation Process

    • Template (Optional): Board Paper

    • Reading Assignment: The Foreseeable Supply Chain Crisis

    • Bonus Article (optional, but recommended): Can The Board Truly Govern A.I.?

    • Phase 1 / Session 4 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 6

    Phase 1 Completion Test

    • Phase 1 Test Prep

    • Phase 1 Completion Test

  • 7

    Phase 2 / Session 5: Aligning of Values, Vision, and Mission

    • Phase 2 / Session 5 Start Video

    • Phase 2 / Session 5 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Aligning of Values, Vision, and Mission

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Portion of Chapter 6 - The Role of Governance + Chapter 7 - Evaluating Values, Vision, & Mission

    • Reading Assignment: The Board Decisioning Process

    • Reading Assignment: The Risk and Values Alliance

    • Reading Assignment & Case Study: An Important Lesson in Board Director Risk

    • Video: Introduction to Risk Governance from The DCRO Risk Governance Institute

    • Reading Assignment: Top 5 Mistakes Board Candidates Make

    • Reading Assignment: The Art of Respectful Dissent

    • Bonus Article (optional, but recommended): Cancel Culture & the Board

    • Thought Assignment: Core Leadership Traits List

    • Phase 2 / Session 5 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 8

    Phase 2 / Session 6: Board Member Behavioral Predisposition Evaluation Criteria

    • Phase 2 / Session 6 Start Video

    • Phase 2 / Session 6 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Board Member Behavioral Predisposition Evaluation Criteria

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 13 - Board Member Evaluation and Selection

    • Reading Assignment: 13 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

    • Video: Mindfulness Intelligence Leadership Excellence

    • Reading Assignment: 5 Characteristics of Grit - How Many Do You Have?

    • Reading Assignment: What Is Adversity Quotient (AQ)?

    • Reading Assignment: More Grits, Please!

    • Reading Assignment: The In-Between Director

    • Reading Assignment: The Board's CEO Succession Imperative

    • Thought Assignment: Proper Board Documents Example - For Review Only (prep for future creation of YOUR proper Board Documents in Session 10...)

    • Phase 2 / Session 6 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 9

    Phase 2 / Session 7: Modern-Day Board Considerations and Selection Criteria

    • Phase 2 / Session 7 Start Video

    • Phase 2 / Session 7 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Modern-Day Board Considerations and Selection Criteria

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 8 - Sphere of Influence / Chapter 9 - Planes of Congruence / Chapter 10 - Coverage & Balance

    • Video: Modern Board Architecture

    • Reading Assignment: Performing a Board Architecture Assessment

    • Templates (Optional): Board Architecture Components

    • Reading Assignment: The Board Maturity Continuum

    • Reading Assignment: Effective Board Decision Making

    • Reading Assignment: The Lake Wobegon Board

    • Thought Assignment: Major + 3 Minors

    • Phase 2 / Session 7 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 10

    Phase 2 / Session 8: Ensuring Your 'Career Trifecta'

    • Phase 2 / Session 8 Start Video

    • Phase 2 / Session 8 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Ensuring Your 'Career Trifecta'

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Portion Chapter 13 - Board Member Evaluation & Selection

    • Reading Assignment: The Board Candidate's Balancing Act

    • Video: Ensuring Your Seat on the Board

    • Reading Assignment: Forms and Filings Every Board Director Needs To Know

    • Reading Assignment: 5 Valuable Tips For Proper Financial Reviews

    • Reading Assignment: The Board's Role In Leveraging The Gig Economy

    • Phase 2 / Session 8 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 11

    Phase 2 Completion Test

    • Phase 2 Test Prep

    • Phase 2 Completion Test

  • 12

    Phase 3 / Session 9: Aligning Yourself to Board Committees

    • Phase 3 / Session 9 Start Video

    • Phase 3 / Session 9 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Aligning Yourself to Board Committees

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 11 - The Importance of Board Committees

    • Reading Assignment: Who Nominated The Nominating Committee?

    • Reading Assignment: The Importance of Committee Reporting

    • Templates (Optional): Board Committee Reporting Templates

    • Reading Assignment: Creating a Cybersecurity-Savvy Board

    • Reading Assignment: The ESG Challenge

    • Reading Assignment: The Pre-IPO Board

    • Phase 3 / Session 9 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 13

    Phase 3 / Session 10: Creating Your Modern Board Documents

    • Phase 3 / Session 10 Start Video

    • Phase 3 / Session 10 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Creating Your Modern Board Documents

    • Reading Assignment: No, You Cant Submit a Resume or CV For This Board Seat!

    • Reading Assignment: 7 Steps To Create A Killer Board Document

    • Templates: Board Documents + Cover Letter

    • Reading Assignment: Human Capital Disclosure and The Board

    • Video: Human Capital Disclosure and The Board

    • Video: Boost Your Chances of Getting On The Board

    • Phase 3 / Session 10 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 14

    Phase 3 / Session 11: Establishing Your Authority

    • Phase 3 / Session 11 Start Video

    • Phase 3 / Session 11 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Establishing Your Authority

    • Reading Assignment: 7 Strategies for Establishing Authority

    • Reading Assignment: 15 Ways to Establish Authority in Your Field

    • Video: Maximizing Your Online Presence

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapter 14 - Board Assessments, Tools, and Insurance

    • Video: Performing Effective Board Evaluations

    • Reading Assignment: Do You Do The D&O?

    • Video: Do You Do The D&O?

    • Reading Assignment: 5 Steps to Nailing Your Board Director Interview

    • Video (optional, but recommended): 5 Steps to Nailing Your Board Director Interview

    • Template (Optional): Example Board Candidate Interview Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (MNDA)

    • Reading Assignment: The Board Candidate's Checklist

    • Video (optional, but recommended): The Board Candidate's Checklist

    • Phase 3 / Session 11 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 15

    Phase 3 / Session 12: Successfully Marketing Yourself

    • Phase 3 / Session 12 Start Video

    • Phase 3 / Session 12 Preparation Material and Outcome Guide: Successfully Marketing Yourself

    • Reading Assignment: 7 of the Most Effective Ways to Market Yourself Successfully

    • Reading Assignment: 7 Strategies for Marketing Yourself

    • Video: The Power of Your Online Presence

    • Excerpt From Book: Across The Board - Chapters 12 - Available Options and Services To Build Your Board + Chapter 15 - Implementation Summary and Motivation

    • Reading Assignment & Download: Detailed Board Pitch Book Example

    • Video: Get Your Butt on a Private Equity Board

    • Reading Assignment: How Much Should You Be Paid as a Board Director?

    • Video (optional, but recommended): How Much Should You Be Paid as a Board Director?

    • Reading Assignment: Voted Off The Island - How To Remove Problematic Board Members

    • Bonus Article (optional, but recommended): Are You Hindering Your Appointment?

    • Phase 3 / Session 12 Summary Video

    • Reminder for 1:1 and Group Session Registrants...

  • 16

    Phase 3 Completion Test

    • Phase 3 Test Prep

    • Phase 3 Completion Test

  • 17

    Final Exam

    • Final Exam Test Prep

    • Final Exam

  • 18

    Course Completion + Next Steps

    • Course Completion + Next Steps Start Video

    • Important Course Completion Notes and Details

    • Course Survey

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