ACE Board Training for Women - Program Description

earn your corporate board seat - take the journey

Q4 2017 – Q1 2018 / Six-Month Program with sessions once a month / Groups are limited to 12 women per group per session/ Individual coaching sessions included / $5,000 program fee / Sessions are offered in Denver, CO in person or on-line for women outside the Denver Metro area (if there are 10 women in any given city who sign up, in-person meetings may be offered in that city - there are currently women in Toronto, ON, Vancouver, BC, and Phoenix, AZ interested in building a group) 

Program fee includes tuition, books, case materials & workbook

Contact: Michele Ashby, Principal ACE LLC, 720-635-1005,

About the program

This specially designed program features a rigorous curriculum which is customized to provide corporate director training for professional women. Participants will learn the skills to be an effective board member and gain practical tools for landing a seat on a corporate board.  These are paying positions and compensation packages will be discussed in detail. By the end of the program, you will have the tools and insider tips to be prepared to take your place on a board. In an intimate setting, you will learn alongside other women in a collaborative structure.

There will be monthly group sessions in a peer advisory board structure.  The number of participants in each group is limited to maximize individual attention and focus. You will discover how to use your networks and gain insight into choosing the right board opportunities for you. You will understand how to contribute meaningfully as a director and how to incorporate a corporate directorship into your career plan.


 Only 16.6% of US F500 Boards are women. according to CS 3000 Gender report

Only 16.6% of US F500 Boards are women. according to CS 3000 Gender report


This training will help to raise your profile and create a strategy for you to approach the selection process of getting on a corporate board. We explore the critical issues facing corporate boards now and in the future, including how women on boards play a critical role and what to expect being the first, second or third female to join any particular board.

The most common way people get on boards is because of who they know. A key part of getting on a board is to establish relationships with key executives, directors, recruiters and community leaders as well as honing your communications skills to voice your desire to be on a board.  The number of board seats available at any given time is limited, so it is key to be prepared and willing to raise your hand when one comes along.

about the trainer

This program was specially designed by Michele Ashby, an active independent board member with over 16 years’ experience on corporate boards herself. Ms. Ashby is a seasoned corporate board member serving on five corporate boards since 2005. Michele’s long career in finance, mining, oil & gas and energy industries, along with her entrepreneurial successes have raised her profile in numerous arenas resulting in board positions. She has created and facilitated hundreds of conferences and meetings globally for over two decades. She is passionate about achieving gender balance in the board room (50/50) and dedicates herself to mentoring and teaching women how to win a board seat and make a difference from the top.

Through her personal business experiences, board positions, CEO roles and consulting, Ms. Ashby creates a dynamic environment for participants to engage in growing personally and professionally. Her experience in training groups of peers has shown how this type of structure leverages the expertise in the room while exhibiting good board practices which benefits the individual as well as the group.



The ideal candidate is any professional woman who seeks to join a corporate board sometime in her career and is passionate about making a difference, using her voice and collaborating with others at the highest levels. Women with financial literacy, business acumen, perspective and experience, including women business owners and entrepreneurs are included.  This program is also appropriate for members of nonprofit or private boards who wish to serve on corporate boards.  


Through assessment, analysis, and interaction this training provides deep background and insider knowledge to aid in understanding how to get on and become an effective board member.  Here are some of the things you will learn about during the program:

·         Testing your readiness and building your personal strategy

·         Developing your value proposition to use in your resume

·         Composing your board resume

·         Preparing for the interview process

·         Understanding financial statements and finding red flags

·         Understanding roles and responsibilities of board members

·         Learn the importance of committees on boards and which committees fit you

·         How women are perceived in the board room

·         Working with and evaluating the CEO

·         Communicating effectively with stakeholders, other board members and management

·         Evaluating your target companies

·         Going after your first corporate board seat


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This is a six-month program which will meet once a month. For convenience, the meetings will take place in the evening in a centralized Denver location. Each session has a limited number of participants to maximize individual attention for each attendee. It is important for participants to attend every meeting as the curriculum builds on each session’s content. 


To apply, download an ACE Board Training for Women application form and return by mail or email.  Please type or print legibly and sign your application. Send the application to the address or email listed on the form.

Please answer all the questions thoroughly – only complete applications will be considered. You will be notified in a timely manner once the selection has been made.  Candidates are admitted on a space-available basis so early application is strongly encouraged. Once you are notified of acceptance, you will be invoiced. There is no fee for applying.


Program fee includes tuition, books, case materials & workbook

The program fee covers tuition, books, case materials and workbooks.  There is no application fee. No payment is necessary until you have been accepted into the ACE Board training for Women Program. After admission notification, we will send you an invoice via email and payment is due upon receipt of the invoice. Payment is required prior to the program start date. Payment plans are also available upon request. 

Because attendance is limited to a small number of people and the ACE Board Training for Women requires significant advance preparation, it is important that you contact us in a timely manner if you must cancel or defer your attendance. If you need to cancel or defer participation, you must submit your request in writing more than 30 days before the start of the program to defer to another session or nominate an acceptable substitute in your place.  Program fees are non-refundable, but attendees may defer to another session or nominate an acceptable substitute within the next year.



contact Michele here to set up your interview:

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