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Over the past five years, MTLC’s award-winning Board Ready Bootcamp has helped almost 350 women, tech leaders of color, LGBTQ+ tech leaders, and other underrepresented executives advance their careers.

Alumni who have completed the course come from companies including Akamai Technologies, Biogen, Boston Dynamics, CarGurus, CVS Health, iRobot, HubSpot, PTC, Salesforce and many more.

The Bootcamp is built on a high-impact curriculum designed by industry leaders with expertise in board fundamentals, strategy, and governance. But equally impactful is the strong network of industry luminaries, ready to help participants make the right connections.

Participants must be current tech executives who’ve been nominated to attend and have the support of an industry executive or board member.

Board Ready Bootcamp 2023 Agenda

  • Setting the Stage, Pam Reeve
  • The Business of Boards: Linking Leadership & Governance, Lynda Applegate and Marla Beck
  • What CEOs Look for in a Board
  • Group Mentoring Breakouts
  • Setting the Stage, John Landry
  • Unpacking Board Culture, Board Composition & Building a High Functioning Board
  • What Committee Chairs Want: Audit, Comp, Nom/Gov
  • Group Mentoring Breakouts
  • Setting the Stage, Donna Levin
  • Planning Your Board Journey & Workshopping Your Board Bio
  • What Value Do I Bring to a Board?
  • Group Mentoring Breakouts
  • Setting the Stage, TBD
  • Business of Boards: Financial Literacy and Audit
  • Lift as You Climb: Bootcamp Alumni Share Lessons Learned
  • Group Mentoring Breakouts

Now Accepting Nominations and Applications

Nominate a Rising Star in Your Network

If you know a rising star from your organization or your network that you feel is on the path to joining a board, nominate them for our next cohort:

Are You Ready for a Board Seat? Apply Here

If you are on the path to joining a board, we invite you to apply directly to the Board-Ready Bootcamp:

Board Ready Bootcamp Faculty

Lynda Appelgate
Harvard Business School
Matthew Littlewood
Pam Reeve
Director of public and non-profit companies

Board Ready Bootcamp Speakers

Marla Beck
Jan Bruce
Deborah Ellinger
Sarah Fay
Emily Green
John Landry
Donna Levin
Clayton Samuels

Board Ready Bootcamp Underwriters

Board Ready Bootcamp Sponsors


A. No. Executives in any geographic location may participate. Our virtual cohort in particular attracts participants from a range of geographies. Be advised that our speakers and curriculum have a US focus. 

A. Applicants should be “board-ready” candidates which typically means CXOs or rising stasr at the SVP level. We understand that titles have different meanings and every board is different, so we will consider other titles and encourage applicants and their executive sponsors to help fill in details about why a candidate is appropriate for a board role through their application.

A. No. Many of our alumni have company leadership or board experience.   

A. The executive sponsor is typically the applicant’s CEO, supervisor, or other senior executive. In the case of a CEO applying, the executive sponsor would typically be a board member or peer CEO. We recognize that in some cases an executive sponsor may be former colleague or executive from another company.

A. Yes. We offer the bootcamp for just $1950 for members ($2950 for non-members). We also work with our underwriters to provide scholarship support to qualified candidates where needed.

A. We anticipate that many companies and executive sponsors will underwrite the bootcamp admission fee as part of an executive’s professional development. In some cases, where this is not possible, executives will pay for the bootcamp as part of their own investment in personal leadership development. In the case of a qualified applicant for whom tuition is a barrier to their participation, we will work with our underwriters to provide additional scholarship support.

A. No. We have a free, public, searchable alumni database. MassTLC makes NO REPRESENTATION that participation in the Bootcamp will result in being named to a board of directors.