About Summit

The largest, most sought-after forum for board members to connect, learn, and be inspired


September 21–24, 2019

Every year, thousands of directors from across the globe gather in Washington, DC, for four days of learning, inspiration, and connection. The NACD Global Board Leaders’ Summit is where the greatest minds in governance convene to take on the critical issues facing boardrooms today. Collectively, they discover the future of exemplary board leadership.

This year’s theme, SHIFT, is about harnessing innovation, culture, talent, disruption, capitalism, and more to respond to accelerating change. SHIFT is about transforming our perspectives, profession, and approach to create positive change both in the boardroom and beyond it.   

attendees in 2018
Board Chairs
of the F1000 represented


Year after year, attendees have come to expect a best in class event

  • Original content from speakers such as Sec. Madeleine Albright, Ian Bremmer, and Brené Brown.

  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with directors from the most innovative starts-ups and from the F1000.

  • Access to cutting-edge experiences (think augmented reality, 3-D printing, and future-forward food).

  • Inspiration from the real-world, real-time stories of thousands of boardroom peers.

Learn more about why you should attend


Summit is attended and covered by journalists from around the country. If you’re a member of the media and are interested in obtaining media credentials or want to learn more about us, please reach out. Past Summits have been covered in the following media outlets:


NACD empowers more than 20,000 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

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