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General Information
The 2017 Board Institute will take place from October 18-20, 2017. The Institute will open on Wednesday with an evening cocktail reception, run all day (from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) on Thursday, and through lunch on Friday. Attendance at all Institute sessions and related functions is mandatory. If you are applying, we suggest that you hold these dates on your calendar.
There are a handful of pre-Institute assignments used to prepare participants in order to best make use of our limited time at the Institute. These include focused preparation of a board bio, board resume, and elevator speech. You should expect that this work will require up to ten hours a month in the months leading up to the Institute. Two mandatory pre-Institute calls will guide you through the preparation of these materials, and provide other information about the Institute.
For those selected to participate in the Board Institute, there is an Institute fee of $3,500. Full payment of the Institute fee must be submitted within one month of acceptance to the 2017 Institute. We anticipate that selected participants will be notified by the end of February 2017.
If you have additional questions about DirectWomen, the Board Institute, or its application process, please contact Sarah Gevlin at, or (518) 929-4077. 
Application Instructions
The application period for the 2017 Board Institute is August 30, 2016 to December 9, 2016.  The application must be filled out at this site. To apply, create an account, and ensure that the following application components are uploaded to FluidReview by 11:59 p.m. EDT on December 9:
  • An uploaded resume. Please make sure that your resume includes your basic contact information (including phone numbers, email address, and mailing address); employment information, including current position/title, major contributions in your current job and two most recent jobs; education history; and leadership positions or industry associations.
  • An uploaded headshot
  • A completed application form. The application form is available online at Progress may be saved, so you do not need to complete the application in one sitting.
  • Two letters of reference. The most effective references are usually from a CEO, board chair, or the managing partner of a law firm. References are given substantial weight in the selection process. Reference letters should include a description of your qualifications for board service, and an evaluation of your business skills and strategic judgment. Applicants are responsible for making sure reference letters are received by the due date. Reference letters can be uploaded directly by applicants, or emailed to Sarah Gevlin at
  • Payment of the $150 application fee. Payment can be made by check or credit card. Please make checks out to “DirectWomen/Tides” and send to:
Bobbi Liebenberg
Fine, Kaplan and Black, R.P.C.
One South Broad Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19107

To pay by credit card, please call Sarah Gevlin at (518) 929-4077 with your card number, expiration date, and billing address. Applications will not be considered unless the application fee has been paid.