Allegis Partners and the Directors Academy Collaborate to Identify and Advance the Next Generation of Diverse Board Members and Future Board Leaders

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Executive Search Firm Allegis Partners is Working With the Directors Academy to Offer Educational Classes and Networking Opportunities to Accelerate the Placement of Diverse Board Directors

Allegis Partners (AP), the exclusive executive search partner for the national not-for-profit Directors Academy, announced today that it is partnering with the Academy to enhance the NextGen Directors Program. The Program, established by the Academy, is a peer-to-peer learning environment offering educational classes and networking opportunities, designed to accelerate the development and proactive placement of the next generation of corporate board members.

The NextGen Directors Program also aims to accelerate shareholder value creation by building a pipeline of highly credentialed prospective board members from diverse backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities and genders; and disrupt the current board selection process by educating, exposing and socializing the next generation of diverse board members to good governance practices, and then proactively matching this talent to current and future board opportunities.

“The NextGen program advances the Directors Academy mission through the sponsorship and participation of high-performing senior executive talent and access to future board opportunities,” said Keith Meyer, President of the Directors Academy and also Global Practice Leader of Allegis Partners’ CEO & Board Practice. “We have seen some early successes with 2016 NextGen Directors participants who have already been appointed to their first public board, and this is very encouraging.”

The Directors Academy is expanding the NextGen Directors Program to a national initiative with member classes in San Francisco on September 21-22, 2017 and in New York on November 2-3, 2017. Classes are limited to 15-20 participants to ensure an intimate learning environment, and exceptional and ongoing networking opportunities.

The Academy faculty is being further developed by collaborating with the FT Outstanding Directors Exchange, which holds off-the-record, annual meetings for sitting public company directors and CEOs across industry sectors enabling them to discuss critical boardroom concerns.

“We are also developing a Board Leaders Program which will help advance diverse board members into leadership roles with faculty/peer mentoring,” said Paul Williams, co-leader of Allegis Partners North America CEO & Board Practice, and himself a board member for three public companies as well the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

“Allegis Partners truly understands the value of diversity in the boardroom, and as our exclusive executive search partner, their team is dedicated to accelerating the placement of qualified, diverse director candidates who bring a wide range of relevant skills, expertise and experience that help clients improve governance performance,” said James D. White, Chairman of the Board of the Directors Academy.

About Allegis Partners, LLC
Allegis Partners is the global executive search firm that delivers a boutique, high-touch approach to talent management. Focused on identifying diverse, top talent for human resources, board, CEO and other executive and senior management roles across industries, Allegis Partners brings deep expertise and insight into each relationship. Each search is customized within the global market to pair candidates with deep skills and knowledge to the unique needs of clients. The firm is backed by the extensive resources of the Allegis Group, the global leader in talent solutions. To learn more about Allegis Partners, visit

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