Opening the boardroom door for you
Due to popular demand Aurora50 has created Gateway for mid-level and senior women executives in the GCC region.
Gateway is for the woman who has had little to no exposure to boards in her management role so far, who wants to understand the essentials of committees and boards and the skillset needed for the boardroom, so she can proactively map a route to her first board director appointment.
Is Gateway right for me?
Over a six-week period and with three live, virtual workshops, Gateway will teach you how to:
- Market and position yourself as a board candidate
- Create a personal development plan to hone a board director’s skillset
- Strategically network, locally and internationally.
The next course starts September 20.
The workshops will be delivered by certified coaches, trainers and experienced regional board directors, to educate you on boardroom basics, the different board types and cultures – from family businesses to not-for-profits and government subsidiary board – and how to align local regulations to international standards.
Benefits of Gateway
Who should join Gateway?
Women executives at a mid-to senior level, who are based in the GCC, want to become a board director and who…
How is Gateway structured?
Content is delivered over three modules; participants should spend no more than around five hours per module, including pre-reading, in-person virtual workshops and assignments.
There will be three virtual, live workshops:
You will, of course, learn about boardrooms, committees and working groups, corporate governance and working on your skills, board bio, CV and brand, but you can also expect to learn about boardroom culture and nuances in the GCC and local regulations versus international standards.
Proven and trusted board experience
Aurora50 blends our trainers’ expertise with our own extensive, local industry knowledge – honed through experience from our Pathway20 independent board director accelerator and the invite-only Manarat club for the GCC’s female listed board directors – to deliver you a proven and trusted action plan to help you kickstart your board career as a woman.
Since 2020, Aurora50’s UAE-based co-founders, Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan and Diana Wilde, have lobbied for gender balance in the workplace, starting with the board.
In that time, the UAE has introduced a quota for women on boards and seen the number of women holding board positions more than double, from 3.5 percent in 2020 to 8.9 percent in 2022.
Three of our Pathway20 alumna have secured independent, listed board seats, and the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change specifically mentions Aurora50’s relationship with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in its report on the modernisation of the Middle East as an example of “pioneering Middle Eastern women and women-led initiatives” driving “positive change and equality” in finance.