About NACD

About NACD

Elevate Board Performance

NACD empowers more than 20,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today's directors are well prepared for tomorrow's challenges.

World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for more than 40 years.

View a video about the history of NACD here.

Mission

NACD elevates board performance by providing board members with practical insights through world-class education, leading-edge research, and an ever-growing network of directors.

Vision

NACD aspires to a world where corporate directors are recognized by all stakeholders as trusted stewards of long-term value creation.

Values

We are one NACD.
We succeed through member impact.
We communicate openly.
We deliver.
We are continuous learners.
We are innovators.

Director Education

In the spirit of helping corporate directors foster boardroom cultures that are focused on continuous improvement, long-term value creation, and strengthening investor trust and public confidence, NACD has established the standard for director education. Using its proprietary director education framework, NACD's standard creates the most comprehensive director knowledge pathway—from awareness to insights to mastery.

NACD is continually adapting our director-education approach to enable directors to get ahead of emerging issues in a rapidly changing environment. As boardrooms witness more first-time directors than ever before and the expectations for directors continue to increase, NACD is offering the first US-based certification program for corporate directors: NACD Directorship Certification™. The program, which will launch in October 2019, will equip directors with essential knowledge and elevate the profession of directorship as a whole.

To help boards to navigate the interconnected and simultaneous forces presented by the digital era, NACD also offers experiential educational opportunities, such as curated director tours of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES®) and access to the latest business incubators leveraging technology in Silicon Valley. NACD has also led an effort to close the board’s knowledge gap on cyber risk through educating its members on leading practices, convening key stakeholders, and engaging the director community in an ongoing dialogue.

Finally, as part of the organization’s transformative efforts in director education and to inspire a broader audience, NACD has launched the Future Fluency podcast to examine how an enterprise’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and innovation is key to unlocking long-term prosperity and growth. 

Contact us to learn how we can help your board lead with confidence.