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NACD recognizes the need for a strong, diverse, and highly qualified group of professionals to serve as tomorrow’s directors.

Building the next generation of directors

NACD Accelerate™ is a unique two-year program that creates a pathway for executives with little or no experience in the boardroom to prepare for board service. Participants will be provided with the tools, resources, and exposure that are essential to launching a successful career as a director. NACD Accelerate™ is the only NACD program that does not require current board service.

Current Accelerate Participant Demographics (self-identified)

Pathway Programs

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NACD and Vista Equity Partners Audit Committee Initiative

NACD and Vista Equity Partners have partnered to increase diversity among professionals who wish to serve on audit committees of the boards of private and public companies. The program will provide individuals seeking to serve as first-time board members with 12-months of detailed curriculum tailored to audit committee and board preparation, with a specialized focus on financial literacy and audit committee readiness. The program will identify high-performing diverse executives and equip them with a deep understanding of the responsibilities and oversight role of the board. Participants will be sourced from leading accounting firms and interested individuals can apply to the NACD Accelerate program if they are looking to learn, advance and grow their knowledge and network to increase their exposure to corporate board opportunities.

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ELC Corporate Board Initiative

NACD and the Executive Leadership Council (the ELC) have collaborated to advance the next generation of board directors. The collaboration centers around the ELC Corporate Board Initiative, which enhances the preparedness of black executives for service on corporate boards, and the NACD Accelerate™ program, which provides high-potential executives with the governance education and expanded networks critical for boardroom service.

For more information about the NACD Accelerate program, including benefits, please visit NACD Accelerate. For more information about ELC’s Corporate Board Initiative, please visit the Corporate Board Initiative webpage.

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USCC & NACD Board Diversity Accelerator Initiative

NACD and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have partnered to advance boardroom diversity. Building on both organizations’ longstanding commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity, this initiative aims to increase opportunities for Black business leaders to further their contributions to the economy through board service.

For more information about this board diversity initiative, visit NACD Accelerate and Equality of Opportunity initiative.