What is Summit?

The Largest, Most Sought-After Forum For Board Members to Connect, Collaborate, and Celebrate

For more than 30 years, thousands of directors from across the globe have gathered at the NACD Global Board Leaders' Summit to learn, to be inspired, and to connect with their peers. Summit is where the greatest minds in corporate governance convene to take on the critical issues facing boardrooms today, collectively shaping the future of exemplary board leadership.


attendees in 2019




Board Chairs


of the F1000 represented

What to Expect

Year after year, our choosy directors rate Summit as the best event that they've attended. Past Summit highlights include opportunities like these:

  • Original content from speakers such as Sec. Madeleine Albright, Ian Bremmer, and Brené Brown.
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with directors from companies ranging from innovative starts-ups to the Fortune 1000.
  • Access to cutting-edge experiences (think augmented reality, 3-D printing, and plant-based meat alternatives).
  • Intimate forums where you can hear the real-world, real-time stories of your boardroom peers.

Learn more about why you should attend.


Journalists from some of the most prominent names in media attend and report on the ideas you’ll hear at Summit. If you’re a member of the media who is interested in obtaining media credentials, or if you want to learn more about Summit, please reach out by submitting a media inquiry. Past Summits have been covered in the following media outlets:


NACD empowers more than 21,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today's directors are well prepared for tomorrow's challenges.

World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for responsible board leadership for more than 40 years. Learn more

Partnership opportunities

Connect with our Summit audience of 1,600+ attendees and with our 21,000+ members.