Advancing NextGen on Boards

The Advancing NextGen on Boards Initiative is a practical approach for organisations to increase the development of high-performing, high-potential future leaders, and to increase the representation and participation of the next generation (NextGen) at a board level.

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Increasing NextGen Representation

The ability for industry, government, academia and corporates to access a qualified talent pool of NextGen’s for participation at a board level including committees, panels, advisory and governance boards is critical in today’s economic, social and governance context.

A portfolio-style career is attractive to many younger professionals. It allows them to engage at a very senior level with organisations in a board or advisory capacity via flexible arrangements that are supportive of other personal and professional commitments.


In our latest State of the Market Report, our research found a distinct shift in how professionals are seeking to engage at a board level with an increasing move away from traditional governance board and director roles into advisory boards. Since 2019, the number of advisory boards globally has grown by more than 52% in two years.

Advisory boards value diversity of thought and perspective and can only be truly represented by people from diverse backgrounds. However, NextGen is underrepresented, comprising just 33% of qualified advisory board professionals. Embracing NextGen into modern leadership will enhance the impact of greater diversity on strategic decision-making.

The NextGen Initiative effectively addresses this increasing requirement for young leaders to participate at both the executive leadership level and at the boardroom table.

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How does this initiative work?

Participants in the Advancing NextGen on Board Initiative will have access to tools to support their impact on boards, committees and executive functions. Through their participation, they can develop their professional skillset by considering the ethical boundaries of boards to ensure they are both impactful and safe from unnecessary personal risk. They can then apply their learning by implementing advisory structures within their own organisations, or within a role as an advisor/chair to foster critical thinking about the future.

What is THE PROGRAM outline?

  1. Certified Chair™ Executive Program, with modules that cover the technical foundations of advisory boards and raising one’s professional profile and thought leadership in the market.
  2. A three (3) year professional development program, which includes membership to the Advisory Board Centre’s global advisory community and access to market-leading education.


Programs are delivered in a classroom environment or virtually, whichever is most suitable. This is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to develop their network and opportunities outside of their own environment. Ongoing professional development will be fully virtual. The initiative takes into consideration different needs, circumstances and opportunities for NextGen.


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Penny Ellenger
Advisory Board Centre General Manager
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