Course Description: Joining a board is an aspiration for many business professionals. Passion for a cause, offering deep expertise, and prestige are just some of the reasons. Yet the most effective directors and board members possess a deep and expansive view of their roles. Their commitment extends beyond aspirations to ensure value creation for all stakeholders. As executive directors, this passion, expertise, and value creation provided by board members provides the foundation for an effective organization. In this course we will cover the fundamental components of board governance: from board composition, to board-staff partnerships, and the role of a board during change. In the process, we will examine approaches, assumptions, and practices about board. The principles in this course apply to executive directors and those who are responsible for overseeing non-profit boards as well as new board members and those aspiring to join boards.